Thursday, December 1, 2011

What Are the Great Movies?

The only way to judge movies is in a movie theater, before a huge screen, experiencing the work fully. I've gone to a lot of "revival" houses and seen many of the best movies this way, from "The Third Man" to "Godfather II."

What's the ideal movie experience? Not only should every element come together artistically, from dialogue to image to sound and score, the artwork should assault you on many levels, intellectually and emotionally. The greatest movies, like all great art, reach down into your very soul and shake it, so you stumble from the darkness of the movie house, the world of imagination, back into reality wondering if you'll ever recover from what you've just heard and seen.

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