Favorite Movies: Critics' Choice

Popular motion picture writers of the time pick out their masterpieces and their makers, together with The Searchers, Ugetsu, The 3rd guy, the foundations of the sport, Psycho, Howard Hawks, Madame de ..., 2001, and others.

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This familiarity also means that Fellini is able to keep 855 right down to earth, so that what might have been one more labored exercise in fantasy—like De Sica’s Miracle in MiIan—is spontaneous, lifelike and often very funny. I think Fellini has become the greatest master of social comedy since Lubitsch. 815 takes us further inside the peculiar world of moviemaking than any other lm I know. I once asked the Argentine director, Torre Nilsson, why important movie directors seem to lose their creative i powers so much more often—and completely—than major artists in other elds.

Olmi’s rst two lms shown in America—-Il Posto and The Fiancés; Lola Montes; Sltoot the Piano Player; City Lights; Ride the High Country and The Ballad of Cable Hague and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (the original cut); Citizen Kane,' The Lady from Shanghai; Touch of Evil; The Lady Eve and Sullivan's Travels, the best of Preston Sturgcs’s work. And Husbands; Who's That Knocking at My Door and Mean Streets, Marty Scorsese‘s street autobiography; The Big Heat (and also The Big Knife); Nightmare Alley; Kiss Me Deadly; Out of the Past; The Set-Up; Gun Crazy; and good steamy Don Siege] movies like Dirty Harry and Madigan.

It should properly have been made of adobe, and it should have been close and dark inside. Instead it is large and light, with beautifully beamed ceilings and a long replace with brittle blue china on the mantle and exquisite Navajo blankets (again, of anachronistic design) over parts of the smooth oors. but they matter even less because the mistakes look right. The myth of the West, the movie myth, is Ford's creation more than any other man's, so whatever he chooses to show becomes acceptable almost beyond question.

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