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The Best Picture Project – The French Connection (1971)

Directed by William Friedkin

Screenplay by Ernest Tidyman, based upon the book by Robin Moore

Starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey

The Oscars have been known to follow the latest trends, gleeefully heaping awards on the latest flash-in-the-pan – those films or filmmakers that show promise, or even brilliance, but who never rise to the same level again.  The earliest of the bunch that comes to mind is Delbert Mann for directing Marty.  Like any next best thing he shot to the ultimate top of his profession, winning an Oscar for directing the film, only to fall immediately back to earth.  Even if he wasn’t exactly never heard from again, it seemed pretty close to it. Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project – Marty (1955)

 Directed by Delbert Mann

Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky

Starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair

At the beginning of this project I had one goal in mind: to see a lot of ‘good’ movies and to be exposed to what peoples of other times thought of as good movies. In a sense, this project was something like a time machine. I got to see the past but couldn’t do anything about it. Continue reading

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