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A selection of the favourite British films of the 20th century But the turn of the millennium is surely the ideal time to reflect on a full century of British film-making. Not to try to answer the unanswerable question of which is the best, but rather to poll the opinions of those involved in British film, who have seen more movies than most, for an indication of where their professional tastes lie, what their favourites are. It is one of those classic pub or dinner party arguments. "What is the best British film ever?" "Easy. Either Dr. No or Brief Encounter." "But what about Withnail and 1 and The 39 Steps?" The debate is, of course, never- ending. Early in 1999, the BFI produced a selection booklet and sent copies to 1,000 people embracing all strands of the film, cinema and television industries throughout the UK - producers, directors, writers, actors, technicians, academics, exhibitors, distributors, executives and critics. Participants were asked to consider (and vote for up to 100) 'culturally British' feature films, released in cinemas during the twentieth century, which they felt had made a strong and lasting impression. Altogether, more than 25,700 votes were cast, covering 820 different films. The final selection makes compulsive reading. It spans seven decades, from 1935 to 1998, accommodates the work of 70 film directors and much international talent. Topping the list is Carol Reed's classic The Third Man, a very British film, though its two key stars - Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles - are American. Coming second is Brief Encounter, sublime repressed romance that could only have come from the UK. The two films share an actor (Trevor Howard stars in both) and interestingly both were shot by the same cinematographer, the talented Australian- born Robert Krasker. The 'top 10' of favourites certainly features some names to be reckoned with. Three films from David Lean, others by Alfred Hitchcock (whose centenary was celebrated in 1999), Nic Roeg, Ken Loach, Carol Reed, Robert Hamer, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, while fascinatingly in tenth spot is that very 1990s film Trainspotting, directed by Danny Boyle. Acclaimed
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2009 for the course FILM 3043 taught by Professor Peterson,jennifer during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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