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    a different metric for rating great movies
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    the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. As part of the festivities, they're honoring the best photographed movies of the 20th century. They did the top 10 in order, then 90-100 unranked, listed in order of release.

    Here's the top 10:

    1. Lawrence of Arabia
    2. Blade Runner
    3. Apocalyse Now
    4. Citizen Kane
    5. Godfather
    6. Raging Bull
    7. The Conformist
    8. Days of Heaven
    9. 2001
    10. The French Connection

    the only one I haven't seen (and must confess, can't even recall hearing of) is Conformist. All the others are great movies, although I always thought that the only thing great about Days of Heaven was the cinematography (like waving fields of grain? that's your baby!) Take away Conformist and Heaven and I'm sure I've seen the other 8 an average of at least a half-dozen times, so watchable are they.

    the entire article:

    https://theasc.com/news/asc-unveils-...e-20th-century
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    I've actually been to the area in the south part of Jordan where Lawrence of Arabia was shot. Quite impressive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh View Post
    the only one I haven't seen (and must confess, can't even recall hearing of) is Conformist.
    Ditto, but no surprise there, as it was an Italian 'art-film' and made hardly a blip on the US Box Office.

    I certainly can't argue with any of the others on the list!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Ditto, but no surprise there, as it was an Italian 'art-film' and made hardly a blip on the US Box Office!
    Ah,yes.Atticus' rule: If it don't make money it ain't a good movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremyp View Post
    Ah,yes.Atticus' rule: If it don't make money it ain't a good movie.
    Well, then Mr. Snob, explain why no one wants to see it. Not all big-$ movies are good, but no no-$ are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Well, then Mr. Snob, explain why no one wants to see it. Not all big-$ movies are good, but no no-$ are.
    I don't have time to research but here are some Good movies that flopped.
    Shawshank Redemption. The Big Lebowski. The Wizard of Oz. Citizen Kane (usually rated #1 by critics)
    .https://www.eonline.com/news/712403/...the-box-office
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremyp View Post
    I don't have time to research but here are some Good movies that flopped.
    Shawshank Redemption. The Big Lebowski. The Wizard of Oz. Citizen Kane (usually rated #1 by critics)
    .https://www.eonline.com/news/712403/...the-box-office
    All of those movies were indeed successes . . . over time. Now look at all the movies that garnered awards, flopped at the B.O., and then stayed flops.
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    I assumed, given the source, that this was restricted to American movies. But since there is a foreign film in the top ten, how did no Kurosawa movie make the top ten: Seven Samurai, Kagemusha, Ran, Dersu Uzala, Rashomon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master403 View Post
    I assumed, given the source, that this was restricted to American movies. But since there is a foreign film in the top ten, how did no Kurosawa movie make the top ten: Seven Samurai, Kagemusha, Ran, Dersu Uzala, Rashomon?
    because the peers who did the selecting didn't think the cinematography was that good, despite the overall quality of the movies?
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    Interesting ranking method. There are multiple individuals who have more than one of their movies on this list, topped by Conrad Hall, Vittorio Storaro and Gordon Willis with 5 each. Hall and Storaro have each won 3 Oscars, Willis hasn't won any.

    Perhaps someone (Atticus?) can enlighten me- what am I looking for when I'm judging cinematography? I thought A Room With a View was one of the most beautifully shot movies I've seen, but it doesn't even make this list.
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