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1000 Best Movies? Without Mildred Pierce?
Don’t you just love lists? The 10 worst this.. The 10 best those.. The 15 Things you Should Know About Whatsit?
How about the 1000 best movies? Yes. The New York Times had the audacity to publish a book called the 1000 Best Movies. All chosen by the critics of the Times of course.
The book credits Janet Maslin and our old pal from VARIETY, the late Vincent Canby, as the authors and Peter M. Nichols as editors. Obviously, all that meant was Canby and Maslin were the Times critics at the time the book was published back in 1999. The book is basically a list of the Times picks as the Best Films each year from 1931 to 1998. But SOMEONE –Canby, Maslin or Nichols — should have dropped a few of the films listed and added others if they were going to call it a Guide to the Best 1,00 Movies Every Made.
There are glaring omissions. Joe says” Where’s MILDRED PIERCE??? Time has proven this 1945 film noir a classic.Not just because of the Oscar winning performance by Joan Crawford in the title role, but because of the direction, art direction and photography. Those wet L. A. streets!
Every time I encounter a good waitress, a really professional waitress, not a wanna be starlet, I realize how great an actress Crawford was. She went from mother/housewife to novice waitress to professional waitress to businesswoman –with love and sex, betrayal and murder thrown in, of course, with masterly precision. Crawford’s star persona always overshadowed what a really fine actress she was.
Others in the cast are equally good and recognized at the time. Both Ann Bylth and Eve Arden were nominated for supporting actress. Jack Carson was suberb as were Zachary Scott and Moroni Olsen. It’s a must see film and CERTAINLY one of the best films Hollywood ever produced.”
So what’s your candidate for a best movie left off of what Best Movie List. We bet there are plenty.
Today’s photo is a treat. A Never Before Seen (NBS) snap of Crawford. But who’s she with??
Yes, that was Ingrid Bergman posed with Sydney Greenstreet in one of those glossy publicity stills used to promote – or, to use the old studio coinage, to “exploit” — 1942’s classic “Casablanca.” The photo is somewhat misleading sinceGreenstreet has a small role in the picture. In Hollywood’s heyday the studios’ publicity departments often staged their stills by posing stars together in situations that were not necessarily in the movie. Thousands of these orchestrated photos would be blanketed world wide to what was the communications maw of the time – the vast print media. Print was king in the U.S. in the 1940’s with nearly 2,000 newspapers published every day. Worldwide, that total was geometrically increased. The global reach of print was staggering back then, and the studios took full advantage. Photo stills were second only to theater trailers as promotional tools for movies.