Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Barry Norman

Vote here for the one film you'd wish to share with future generations.

There are so many films I want to share as I'm such a caring, sharing kinda guy. I can't choose one, not even from such a wonderful list chosen by the BFI's selection of celebrities.

(Bollocks to Hitchcock and yes, Matt Lucas, Billy Elliot really is the best film ever made. You're so right!)

I'm having trouble here, but from the list supplied four stand out to me.

The Battle Of Algiers

Once Upon A Time In America

A Matter Of Life And Death

Tokyo Story

But which of these four would I gift to our children's children?

Can you help me out here? I want to make someone happy.

By the way, Valerie and her Week of Wonders is nominated by Sigur Ros, the only indie musicians asked. Why not The Pigeon Detectives?


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    Though it's so long since I saw it I'm not sure how it would 'hold up'.

    Pity 'Wayne's World' isn't there.

  2. What about Kes Kaz?

    I couldn't find Local Hero, Shawshank Redemption or Princess Bride so stormed off in a huff.

  3. Perhaps the Pigeon Detectives were away working on a case?

  4. Matter of Life and Death!!

    Although I'm submitting Clue with Tim Curry, obviously...

  5. Kaz - I tried If once. It didn't agree with me. Do you really think the BFI would want to be associated with Wayne's World? What would Dickie say?

    Murph - Maybe the Pigeon Detectives were out looking for Kes.

    Boz - If it was just films made in Britain it would have to be a Powell/Pressburger film. Which one, I'm not sure.

  6. Kaz, let's have a double bill of Wayne's World and Caddyshack.

  7. mike cheyne5:09 PM

    ...Trainspotting. Saw it again last night a decade after first release and it's as fresh and as relevant now as it was then...

  8. MJ - If it was down to you Pee Wee's Big Adventure would be passed down to future generations. What example would that be setting?

    Mike - What example would a film about drug taking be setting a future generation? What about The Wizzard Of Oz?

  9. Geoff, I haven't even heard of 3 out of 4 of your choices, sorry, i'm a bit of a film peasant...

    But Brief Encounter and Trainspotting are all you need to sum up the C20th, surely?

  10. mike cheyne11:56 PM

    Trainspotting captured the zeitgeist of that mid-1990s period so precisely. And it was funny!

  11. Spin - I do like Brief Encounter but Trainspotting (the film and the book) left me cold.

    Mike - I think I was too old for it. But it was better than the awful Shallow Grave.

  12. Lord Bragg wants to share The Seventh Seal with future generations?? What a bastard.

    The only bit of Shallow Grave I liked was where all the light filtered up through all the holes in the ceiling. Can't remember why the holes were there mind. I was too scared to watch Trainspotting.

  13. Once Upon A Time In America is your classic all encompassing epic.

    I would be hard pressed to choose between America and Leone's other awesome "Once Upon A Time" film
    1968s Once Upon A Time In The West.

    If that movie comes on the Telly I drop everything and watch it.

  14. Beth - They've added some new ones since I posted this, including The Seventh Seal and Murph's fave, Local Hero. There are better Bergman films.

    Donnnnnn - You can't beat Leone and Morricone. Once Upon A Time In America pisses all over any of the Godfather films.

  15. It's just a pity Local Hero had to be nominated by its own producer!

  16. Of those four, Matter of Life and Death. Fabulous film.

  17. Murph - I don't know why he didn't choose Chariots Of Fire (the first film I ever walked out of before the end). Puttnam is one of those people who think they're more intelligent than they are.

    Tim - Brilliant film. But I still can't choose.

  18. I'd choose Blade Runner out of that list for no other reason than I really like it. And there has to be some amusement for the people of the future watching a depiction of what those who went before believed the future would be.