There have been several lists over the years purporting to state exactly which films are the "greatest of all time" by various groups and organizations.
Some films routinely appear at the top of most lists, and the exact order can change from group to group, depending on who is doing the listing. This time, it is The British Film Institute's Sight and Sound magazine which polled over 800 distributors, critics, and academics, and they came up with Hitchcock's Vertigo as the current top of their list, ousting Citizen Kane from the position it has held for 50 years.
Well, i don't know about others, but i think each person has his or her own list of the greatest films, and sometimes it doesn't coincide with anything the experts say.
In my case, i think the best film ever is Walt Disney's Cinderella.
Yes, really, and stop laughing.
When i was in college, back when we were still just getting used to having Beta tapes in most homes, so that tells you how long ago it was, Cinderella was re-released to theaters, and not only did i go see it, i stood in the rain to get my ticket, watched, and went out and stood in the rain again for over an hour so i could buy another ticket and watch it again.
What in the world is it about such a film that i love it that much? It is admittedly not in nearly as much favor now, with the attitude being that no princess worth the title waits around for a prince to come rescue her. Many despise the old fairy tales for just that reason, seeing it as sexist or demeaning.
Well, i love the music. The fun she has with the birds and mice who are her friends. The fun the mice have planning a surprise for her. Her joy at the dance, twirling and being so carefree for a while, so different from her everyday reality. The way right triumphs at the end, and the "bad guys" in the form of three nasty people end up losing their whipping girl. Most of the film is light and happy and full of the spirit of a person who just won't quit dreaming, even when it seems there is little possibility of the dreams coming true.
This movie, more than anything other than being in Walt Disney World itself, makes me think, for just a little while, that fairy tales are real and dreams do come true.
Cinderella will never make any serious critic's top anything list, most likely, but it is my favorite nonetheless, and when reality gets me down, it's a pleasant way to pass a little while rekindling dreams.
Besides, Jacques is just too cute for words.
Anyone else want to chime in with the movie that tops your list?
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*In fact, it was the first American intercollegiate athletic event ever.
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