Films Not To Be Missed

singing-in-the-rain

I saw a fascinating documentary at Filmmakers recently and that got me looking at their list of previously shown films, which got me to getting hold of and watching a great many of them. As with any selection, not all of them were to my liking, so I was pleased to hear Kenneth Turan the film critic for NPR’s Morning Edition talk about his top 54 films of all time. He picked the number 54 because it was a multiple of 18. L’chaim to Kenneth Turan for sharing!

“Fantomas” — 1913-14
Silent comedy double feature: “Sherlock Jr.” — 1924; and “Pass the Gravy” — 1928
“I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang” — 1932
“Bombshell” —1933
“The Dybbuk” — 1937
Leo McCarey double feature: “Make Way for Tomorrow” — 1937;
and “Love Affair”— 1939
“Pride and Prejudice” — 1940
“The Lady Eve” — 1941
“The Strawberry Blonde” — 1941
“Casablanca” — 1942
“Random Harvest” —1942
“Children of Paradise” — 1945
“Great Expectations” — 1946
“Bicycle Thieves” — 1948
“The Third Man” — 1949
Ernst Lubitsch double feature: “The Shop Around the Corner” — 1940;
and “To Be or Not to Be” — 1942
“All About Eve” — 1950
“The Asphalt Jungle” — 1950
“Sunset Boulevard” — 1950
“Casque d’Or” — 1952”
“The Importance of Being Earnest” — 1952
“Singin’ in the Rain” — 1952
“The Earrings of Madame de …” — 1953
“Seven Samurai” — 1954
“Kiss Me Deadly” — 1955
“Seven Men From Now” — 1956
“Sweet Smell of Success” — 1957
“Vertigo” — 1958
“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” — 1962
“The Gospel According to St. Matthew” — 1964
“Point Blank” — 1967
“Le Samourai” — 1967
“Kes” — 1969
“The Godfather” — 1972
“Chinatown” — 1974
“The Day After Trinity” — 1981
“First Contact” — 1982
“Distant Voices, Still Lives” — 1988
“Howards End” — 1992
“Leolo” — 1992
“Unforgiven” — 1992
“Spirited Away” — 2001
“The Best of Youth” — 2003
“The Five Obstructions” — 2003
“A Prophet” — 2009
“Of Gods and Men” — 2010
“Footnote” — 2011
“Stranded” — 2007
“Senna” — 2010
Orson Welles double feature: “Touch of Evil” — 1958
“Falstaff”/”Chimes at Midnight” — 1965



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