Rick’s Flicks has received favorite films lists from two more readers.

From Howard Morris

Top Hat
The Wizard of Oz
The Music Man
Lawrence of Arabia
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Days of Heaven

Howard Morris lists nine films only. He is at work on selecting from among several choices for his number ten spot.

From Corinna Nelson

Singin’ in the Rain
The Pianist
My Left Foot
The Fast Runner
The Hunger Games
The Sound of Music
Time of the Gypsies
The Year of Living Dangerously

A musical heads both of these lists.  But Top Hat is where it is because of  chronological order.  Singin’ in the Rain IS Nelson’s favorite film.  Each of the lists includes three musicals.  (This is counting The Wizard of Oz as a musical.)  (It is at least a musical.)  These are lists of relatively recent films in that they are largely from the last half of cinema’s life.  As I work on my own list I find that it leans heavily to films I saw while growing up.  Three of mine are among the first films I saw.

Note that Morris’ list contains two films by Peter Weir.

So, readers:  Reactions to these favorites lists of of Morris and Nelson?  Anyone else have a list for us?  Are you working on a list?

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In The Lawless Roads Graham Greene is in Mexico in 1938, in Chiapas,the southernmost state.  In the political climate of the time, as a gringo he is a target of daily hostile stares and ugly remarks.  But he goes to the spring fair in the city of Las Casas, and part of the evening program is a movie.  “…and at last the great film, specially brought to Las Casas for the Spring Fair:  Warner Baxter and Alice Faye in a faded backstage musical.  Incomprehensible situations passed across a flickery screen, the lights of Broadway, complicated renunciations.  They become more fantastic than ever translated into Spanish.  The audience sat in silence; they never laughed once…Alice Faye’s fair and unformed face in enormous detail weeping enormous tears; her man had failed, taken to drink, while she was featured over Broadway in neon signs and wept for lost love. This was a stigmata they couldn’t understand, but I was grateful for the darkness and the torch songs, away from unfriendly eyes.”  Graham Greene, The Lawless Roads, London, Heinemann, 1939.)

Graham Greene’s immortal Scobie in The Heart of the Matter is in Sierra Leone in the house of the District Commissioner and his wife who are receiving the victims of a torpedoed ship.  “Mrs Perrot turned the knob of the radio and the organ of the Orpheum Cinema, Clapham, sailed to them over three thousand miles.”  (Graham Greene, The Heart of the Matter, New York, Viking, 1948.)

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ReelMassillon at the Lincoln Theatre, Massillon, OH

If you are within traveling distance of Massillon, don’t miss Claude Lanzmann’s The Last of the Unjust at 7:00 P.M., May 30.  Presented by Kurtiss Hare of Akron Film + Pixel.


See you at the movies,

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