AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies: American Film Institute (Complete Edition)
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Many are critical of this Top 100 List, while others praise it. I found after I understood the judging criteria the Final 100 American Movies were more justified. This was a subjective decision based on the following criteria: The Feature-Film must be over 60 minutes, Critical recognition (must be in print),Popularity over time, Historical Significance, Cultural Impact & Major Award Winner or Nominations.
AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies is now available on DVD in 2 Full Screen Versions.
The COMPLETE EDITION a 10 hour 10 Part Series presented on TNT in 10 - 1 hour segments Narrated by James Woods & divided by critical categories. 1.) Against the Grain - Hosted by Richard Gere - Basic American Heroism. 2.) Against the Law - Hosted by Gere - The subject is Crime. 3.) Family Portraits -Hosted by Sally Field - The Treasured Institution of Family. 4.) In Search of... - Hosted by Jodie Foster - Treasure of all sorts!! 5.) Love Crazy - Hosted by Field - Sweetly Sentimental. 6.) War & Peace - Hosted by Gere. 7.) The Wilder Shores of Love - Hosted by Field - Exotic times & places. 8.) The Antiheroes - Hosted by Foster - The Outcasts. 9.)Out of Control - Hosted by Gere - Monsters of all Kinds. 10.) Fantastic Flights - Hosted by Foster - Real & Surreal People & Places.
This 2 (double side / Dual layer) DVD set is over 460 minutes in length and allows over 4 1/2 minutes per movie review. Many Stars, Director and Movie Professional Comments.Read more ›
But, unlike many people, I realize that this list was not meant to be the definitive opinion on our greatest movies, like how the Oscars aren't always right on what's the best of each year. Rather, this list serves as an introduction to cinema. But shouldn't an introduction include all the basics? For example, the silent era is practically forgotten with only four films (Three Charlie Chaplin and D.W Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation") being selected. Where is Buster Keaton's "The General", Griffith's "Intolerance" and King Vidor's "The Crowd" or "The Big Parade"? How about F.W Murnau's "Sunrise" or Erich Von Stroheim's "Greed"? If at least some of these had been voted for, I would be willing to ignore most other shortcomings.
Many great directors and some of their greatest works were represented. Among these were Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick, David Lean, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, William Wyler, John Ford, Frank Capra and Francis Ford Coppola. However, some of these masters' best works aren't on the list.Read more ›
For the record, I looked at this collection for use in teaching a film class. Unfortunately, I found the series does not stand up well to that purpose. Essentially, each film gets about 6 minutes of screen time in which James Woods provides a voice-over synopsis of the plot.
Yes, they give away the endings to many much-loved films. Even worse, though, plot summary is *all* this series offers. On average, each segment contains perhaps a quote or two from the director, a glimpse of a film critic with some out-of-context remark, and on to the next movie. Obviously AFI did not set out to create a comprehensive analyses of 100 films, but I cannot understand why anyone would want to buy what amounts to a 4-DVD set of Cliffs Notes.
To my mind the whole thing seems pretty cynical. Not only is this clearly just an ad for AFI's film catalog, they are *charging* you [a fee]to view it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In 1998 two programs were produced at the time of the AFI's 100 "best" movies list. A three-hour program that aired on CBS is more anecdotal and star-studded. Read morePublished on September 28, 2005 by Gregory Orr
I was able to watch a portion of the longer version in TV when it was broadcast here, and I can say that the content here is shortened immensely. Read morePublished on October 26, 2004 by Thayer
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This show is the result of nominations and votes, what AFI chose as the Top 100 American movies. It's a good list. Read morePublished on March 2, 2004
Worth the asking price to see Burt Reynolds and Dustin Hoffman blubber on screen. Burt laughingly breaks down in tears over To Kill a Mockingbird, emphasizing that his father was... Read morePublished on July 23, 2003
While I agree with many of the reviews below (both good and bad), I believe AFI has put together a good starting place for discussion about our cinema past. Read morePublished on May 30, 2003