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The Best Picture Project – Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

Gentleman's Agreement (1947 movie poster).jpgDirected by Elia Kazan

Screenplay by Moss Hart, from the novel by Laura Z. Hobson

Starring Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Anne Revere and Celeste Holm

Throughout the long and winding road I’ve traveled for the Best Picture Project, I’ve learned more than a few things.  Most prominent amongst those lessons, oh my brothers and only friends, is there is no predictability about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  At least not in the traditional sense of predictability. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – An American in Paris (1951)

Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Story and Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner

Starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron

Movies, by their very nature, are artificial and could not possibly capture real life.  The closet we come is documentaries, but with the constant excising of the boring bits from the filming, creative editing and the like, even the truth is manipulated and artificial. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

Directed by Lewis Milestone Jr. Based upon the novel by Erich Maria Remarque

Starring Lew Ayres

If there’s one thing to be learned from every war movie ever made – or every movie made that touches upon war, except maybe for John Wayne movies – it’s that war is hell. A secondary lesson is that, in spite of everyone’s optimistic prediction that the war will be short-lived, always over in a matter of weeks, it never is. Because of the dramatic interplay of the two lessons they almost always appear on film together and even though they weren’t knew concepts when All Quiet on the Western Front was made, it’s likely to be the first sound movie they made an appearance in en masse.

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