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Vietnam war epic Apocalypse Now has been named the greatest film of the past 25 years by a panel of 50 British critics and film writers. Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 classic, starring Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen, beat next best Raging Bull, and Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander came in third place. The survey was conducted by Sight and Sound magazine, and was open to all films dating from January 1978 - excluding many favorite movies, including Star Wars. Nick James, editor of Sight and Sound, says, "As film history now spans over 100 years it's almost impossible to compile a list of top films. In this new poll we wanted to free people up from choosing the established classics like Citizen Kane and let them concentrate on recent cinema." A Sight and Sound poll to find the best film of all time in August this year was dominated by films from the first half of the century, with Kane topping the list.
Sight and Sound's greatest films of the past 25 years: 1. Apocalypse Now (1979); .2 Raging Bull (1980); 3. Fanny and Alexander (1982); 4. GoodFellas (1990); 5. Blue Velvet (1986); 6. Do the Right Thing (1989); 7. Blade Runner (1982); 8. Chungking Express (1994); 9. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988); 10. (tie) Once Upon a Time in America (1983), Yi Yi (A One and a Two...) (1999). »
Movie makers George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola went on a mammoth trip this summer - a 2,719 mile train ride across Canada. Lucas, the maker of the Star Wars saga, and Coppola, director of The Godfather series and Apocalypse Now, rented a vintage train for the six- day vacation which cost the heavyweight pair upwards of $600,000. The duo, friends for more than 30 years, left Toronto on August 13 with their families on the chartered Royal Canadian Pacific train for the week-long trip to Vancouver. The train features three luxury cars with four bedrooms and three members of staff per passenger. »
Laurence Fishburne might have ended up as a street corner hoodlum if he hadn't landed his breakthrough role in Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now. Fishburne made his acting debut as a fresh-faced 17-year-old in the cinematic classic and says it probably saved him from a life of crime. He says, "I don't know what would've happened for me had I not done that movie, but certainly there would have been opportunities for me to get into trouble. Like there are for any inner-city youth, I suppose. I don't know if I would've gotten into serious trouble, but the possibility was there. There's no telling what could've happened. I could've wound up on a street corner for 30 years." The actor is proud of his contribution to movie history, but sometimes wishes people would remember his numerous other roles. He says, "I am the guy who was in Apocalypse Now. I'll never be able to change that. I wouldn't want to change that. But, you know, my career is quite long now, so I don't want to be seen purely for that one film." »
3 items from 2002
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