June 16, 2003

Actual Essentials


Everytime CC turns on the television these days, we seem to be inundated with commercials for this series on Turner Classic Movies channel, the Essentials. Hosted by Sydney Pollack, director, producer, actor and generally creepy old man (see Eyes Wide Shut's pool room scene one too many times and you'll agree), its a repeating series of movies shown every Sunday through December chosen by the channel and Pollack as essential viewing for the movie buff.

Here at CC we love lists -- they're so much fun to compile and so much fun to refute. These are the movies on Pollack's list, what would you add or subtract?

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The Philadelphia Story
Bonnie and Clyde
Wuthering Heights
The Wild One
The Magnificent Seven
Guys and Dolls
Touch of Evil
2001: A Space Odyssey
Force of Evil
It Happened One Night
Once Upon a Time in the West
Pillow Talk
A Star is Born ('54)
Strangers on a Train
The Shop Around the Corner
Lawrence of Arabia
The Apartment
An American in Paris
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Rebel Without a Cause
Bringing Up Baby
On the Waterfront

Let Cinecultist know via an e-mail, so we can compile our own essentials. (Pollack appears to agree with the famous Peter Bogdanovich sentiment that there are no good movies made after the '70s or made in any other language than English. Can we be more inclusive?)

Posted by karen at June 16, 2003 1:08 PM