THE GREATEST FILMS

POLLED BY SIGHT & SOUND

John Ewing, director of the CIA Cleveland Cinematheque, was one of the experts responding to Sight & Sound‘s 2012 international poll.  Ewing submitted his choices in alphabetical order:

Citizen Kane
Dr. Strangelove
La Jetee
Late Spring
The Magnificent Ambersons
Ordet
Shane
Stalker
Vertigo

John Ewing submitted the following to Sight & Sound with his choices:  “This list is pretty ‘old school’  —  which is understandable.  I am old school.  But if great films are ones you can watch over and over again without tiring of them, then the older the movie, the more chances one has to re-view it and reaffirm its greatness.  Newer films have just not marinated long enough.  But I also wonder:  can our cerebral, ‘sophisticated’ notions of what makes a movie great really trump our sentimental attachment to beloved films we caught at key moments in our lives, molding us into the moviegoers we are?  Should they?”

Well, you know what Alexander Pope would say about John Ewing’s statement, don’t you?  “What oft was thought but ne’er so well expressed.”

This month is the time to see some of the classical works from various lists of bests.  John Ewing is presenting several of them at the Cleveland Cinematheque.  Check the calendar:  www.cia.edu/cinematheque.

(My keyboard has no foreign critical marks at this time. My apologies to my readers and to La Jetee.)

NEXT FRIDAY POST October 12.

Listfully yours,
Rick

 

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