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Note: This post will become an adversarial prompt after a few days of discussion in class.  Watch the assignment tabs at the right of the page for more.

We’ll begin our look at movies with lists, primarily those provided by the American Film Institute.  For each list, you will work in small groups to answer a series of questions designed to connect your knowledge and experience with the experience and knowledge of experts.

First, the top ten from the AFI’s list of the 100 greatest movies of all time:

# MOVIE YEAR
1 CITIZEN KANE 1941
2 THE GODFATHER 1972
3 CASABLANCA 1942
4 RAGING BULL 1980
5 SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN 1952
6 GONE WITH THE WIND 1939
7 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 1962
8 SCHINDLER’S LIST 1993
9 VERTIGO 1958
10 THE WIZARD OF OZ 1939

The movies were chosen according to these criteria:

  • Feature length: Narrative format typically over 60 minutes long
  • American film: English language, with significant creative and/or financial production from the United States
  • Critical Recognition: Formal commendation in print, television, and digital media
  • Major Award Winner: Recognition from competitive events including awards from peer groups, critics, guilds, and major film festivals
  • Popularity Over Time: Includes success at the box office, television and cable airings, and DVD/VHS sales and rentals
  • Historical Significance: A film’s mark on the history of the moving image through visionary narrative devices, technical innovation or other groundbreaking achievements
  • Cultural Impact: A film’s mark on American society in matters of style and substance

For this first list, you have four tasks, which are outlined below.

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