Film lovers like me, by definition, love film. They go nuts over the latest Criterion releases, go through the viewing guide on TCM and the other stations so they can set their DVR, and sometimes arrange their whole life around the experience of watching a movie.
It stands to reason that if film-lovers love films, then the hardcore film-lovers love films about films – especially documentaries about films. What follows is 10 films about films, in no particular order. The only way to get on the list: 1) I had to like the film. 2) It couldn’t be a retrospective of the work of just one filmmakers because if it were, it would be a film about a filmmaker, not a film about films. Continue reading
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