A film for posterity

September 3, 2008

oscar.jpgThe British Film Institute is asking members of the public: if you had to choose one film to bequeath to future generations, what would it be?  

Its website lists 75 potential candidates nominated by film world luminaries, ranging from popular classics like ”The Godfather” and “Ryan’s Daughter” to older favourites like “The Third Man”, “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Kind Hearts and Coronets”.

Cate Blanchett, it says, has nominated ”Stalker,” by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, while director Ken Loach chose “Closely Observed Trains”. Also in there are “Quadrophenia”, “Spartacus” and “Metropolis”.

What film would you choose?

16 comments

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Wall Street!

Posted by Paul Gubbins | Report as abusive

“Kes” by Ken Loach, also “Blackjack” by Ken Loach

Blade Runner

Posted by James | Report as abusive

Aces High!

Posted by Alex | Report as abusive

Fight Club – I can’t think of another movie that so accurately portrays my generation.

Posted by Jeff | Report as abusive

Calamity Jane

Posted by John | Report as abusive

Night of the Hunter

Posted by David Cox | Report as abusive

Born Free.
The power of this film lies in its tenderness. (An understanding I would definitely want to leave for others!) Its message to respect and revere all life and the beauty of this planet is communicated exquisitely.

Posted by Claire Jackson | Report as abusive

Casablanca

Posted by Alice | Report as abusive

The Wicker Man! Why is there even any discussion on the subject? The Wicker Man, clearly.

Star Wars.
The birth of the genre that ate serious film.

Posted by Bob Kay | Report as abusive

I vote for ‘Singing in the Rain’ it is a classic which just keeps going on & on – I love both the tap dancing in the rain sequence & the dance routine with the sofa. One of those films about making films that us film makers love to see again & again. Follows Propp’s rules of narrative perfectly.

Posted by Josephine Dunn | Report as abusive

The Fall of The Roman Empire 64′ w/ Sophia Loren.

Posted by jason | Report as abusive

‘Amadeus’ and ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ by Milos Forman.

Posted by Artamia | Report as abusive

One Flew Over the Cucoo’s Nest

Posted by Maggie | Report as abusive

It’s got to be The Wicker Man – the original version not the dreadful Nicholas Cage remake (obviously). Or perhaps Kes, or A Clockwork Orange?
There are some weird and wonderful films on the list – even the recently re-released Czech 1970 classic Valerie and Her Week Of Wonders is on there.