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Film Historian

Well, not exactly a historian, but a buff, for sure!  My collection of more than 500 classic films was lost when our home was destroyed by fire just before Thanksgiving 2012.  I am slowly rebuilding.  Noir is my favorite genre, then thrillers, mysteries, and dramas.  Action films and comedies are farther down the list.

Top 10 Films

1. Sound of Music – Nazis and children, directed by Robert Wise.
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2. Casablanca – Humphrey Bogart at his best, with Ingrid Bergman, directed by Michael Curtiz.
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3. Vertigo – Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece with James Stewart and Kim Novak.
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4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (the franchise) – Spielberg’s winner with Harrison Ford.
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5. The Man Who Knew Too Much – Another terrific Hitchcock with James Stewart and Doris Day.
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6. Shindler’s List – Another Spielberg, with Liam Neeson.
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7. The Bourne Identity (the franchise) – Matt Damon and director Doug Liman nailed the Ludlum novels.
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8. Rear Window – Hitchcock delivers again with James Stewart and Grace Kelly.
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9. Dr. Zhivago – A look at the Russian Revolution through the eyes of director David Lean.
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10. Giant – West Texas with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean.
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Bonus Film: The Quiet Man – John Wayne in a different role, “There’ll be no patty fingers.”
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Top 10 Directors

1. Alfred Hitchcock – North by Northwest, Dial “M” for Murder
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2. Steven Spielberg – The Indiana Jones films, Shindler’s List, Jaws, Close Encounters
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3. David Lean – Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, and Doctor Zhivago
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4. Martin Scorsese – Good Fellas, Casino, Gangs of New York, The Departed, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull
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5. John Ford – The Quiet Man, The Searchers, Red River
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Top Ten Actors

1. Humphrey Bogart – He is everyman.
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2. Robert Di Nero
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3. Al Pacino
Al Pacino

4. Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford

5. Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones

6. James Stewart
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7. Charles Laughton
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8. Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen

9. Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman

10. John Wayne
John Wayne

Top Ten Actresses

1. Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly

2. Greer Garson
Greer Garson

3. Helen Mirren
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4. Rita Hayworth

ca. 1947 --- Looking sensationally different is Rita Hayworth in her new short blonde hairstyle which was created for her to star in  --- Image by © Underwood & Underwood/CORBIS

ca. 1947 — Looking sensationally different is Rita Hayworth in her new short blonde hairstyle which was created for her to star in — Image by © Underwood & Underwood/CORBIS

5. Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner

6. Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones

7. Bette Davis
Bette Davis

 

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