MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,520 this week

Precious Images (1986)

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 466 users  
Reviews: 10 user

A cross-cut of nearly 100 years of American movies. We see the most precious film sequences that we all remember: From "Citizen Kane" to "Star Wars", from "Some like it hot" to "E.T.". The ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 143 titles
created 27 Dec 2012
 
a list of 5136 titles
created 11 Jan 2013
 
a list of 71 titles
created 13 Apr 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 14 Jun 2014
 
a list of 27 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Precious Images" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Precious Images (1986)

Precious Images (1986) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Precious Images.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Black Rider (1993)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young black man is verbally harassed by an older woman on a streetcar, while the other passengers remain silent. He finally extracts his revenge.

Director: Pepe Danquart
Stars: Senta Moira, Paul Outlaw, Stefan Merki
Toyland (2007)
Short | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

1942: what happens when a German kid believes that his Jewish neighbors are going to Toyland? A story about lies and guilt.

Director: Jochen Alexander Freydank
Stars: Julia Jäger, Cedric Eich, Tamay Bulut Özvatan
The Fly (1981)
Animation | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A fine day in the life of a fly presented completely from the fly's point of view. A fine day until something dreary happens, that is.

Director: Ferenc Rófusz
Neighbours (1952)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A surreal story of two neighbours' destructive feud over a flower.

Director: Norman McLaren
Stars: Grant Munro, Jean Paul Ladouceur
Animation | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A hungry mosquito spots and follows a man on his way home. The mosquito slips into the room where the man is sleeping, and gets ready for a meal. His first attempts startle the man and wake him up, but the mosquito is very persistent.

Director: Winsor McCay
The Critic (1963)
Animation | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Mel Brooks is an old man watching abstract animations. He doesn't understand them, so he heckles with strange commentary, to the annoyance of those around him.

Director: Ernest Pintoff
Stars: Mel Brooks
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

This Warner Bros. short is a jam session with several outstanding African-American jazz musicians, including Lester Young. Darkly lit and with a mood that matches the music, the film was ... See full summary »

Director: Gjon Mili
Stars: Lester Young, George 'Red' Callender, Harry Edison
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Commuting through the hectic New York City.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Jumping (1984)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Animated from the point of view of a small child. The viewer is jumping down a suburban street, and progressive jumps are higher and higher. The viewer/child lands in various city settings,... See full summary »

Director: Osamu Tezuka
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Aleksandr Petrov
Manipulation (1991)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A discarded cartoon character and some spilt ink combine and interact as if the cartoonist had drawn their actions. Discovering them, the cartoonist then joins in the interaction.

Director: Daniel Greaves
Edit

Storyline

A cross-cut of nearly 100 years of American movies. We see the most precious film sequences that we all remember: From "Citizen Kane" to "Star Wars", from "Some like it hot" to "E.T.". The incredible short cuts of roughly a second each push the audience into a kind of trance and take them on a journey into their individual memories of great films of the 20th century. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Short

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 November 1986 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was updated in 1996 with more recent films up to that point. See more »

Connections

Features Cabaret (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Singin' in the Rain
From Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Written by Nacio Herb Brown (music) and Arthur Freed (lyrics)
Performed by Gene Kelly
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A mesmerising and unforgettable tribute to the power of cinema
6 April 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

If you were to ask me for the reason why I love cinema so much, it would be difficult to formulate a coherent response. The film medium has the capacity to incite an entire spectrum of indescribable emotions – of joy, of sadness, of fear, of exhilaration – and only a fellow film buff could possibly identify with the awe that accompanies each viewing of '2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)' or the unending delight that is 'Singin' in the Rain (1952).' For one hundred years, American cinema has provided an extraordinary abundance of unforgettable moments, permanently imprinted in our collective memories; never to be forgotten until the day that we die. In 1986, as a tribute to almost a century of film-making, Chuck Workman compiled an eight-minute montage of cinema's most treasured images, definitively tracing almost every notable American motion picture from 'The Great Train Robbery (1903)' to 'A Passage to India (1984).'

The version of 'Precious Images' that I watched, for which IMDb does not have a separate entry, was a 1996 update – "presented to the audiences of America" in honour of the 100th anniversary of film – and it includes extra snippets from such films as 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988),' 'Schindler's List (1993)' and 'Forrest Gump (1994).' All in all, images from more than four hundred films are spliced into the montage, much too many to identify in one go, and so each repeat viewing unveils a dozen more precious memories that you hadn't noticed before. Rather than being a random assortment of images, the film unfolds in various stages, the background music setting a theme to which the film choices must adhere – for example, Gene Kelly's recital of "Singin' in the Rain" is the cue for various classic musicals, and Bernard Herrmann's main theme for 'Psycho (1960)' unleashes a sudden stream of murder and mayhem.

I suppose that only a film buff could properly appreciate the brilliance of 'Precious Images (1986).' Taken as an ordinary montage of related images, there is little that would evoke any genuine emotional response. However, every movie moment that we recognise brings forth a flood of unforgettable memories, almost-forgotten emotions; the magic of the film is momentarily resurrected for us to enjoy once again. At one point in the compilation, Workman switches clips at a rate of several a second, each actor's face flickering in our irises for only an indistinguishable instant, and, on more than one occasion, the associated emotions become almost overwhelming. The film unusually, but not undeservedly, won the 1987 Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action, and one can only speculate on how many hours must have been dedicated to the production of the montage; not just the physical editing, but also the rights acquisition for each film. 'Precious Images' remains an indelible treasure for all fans of cinema.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is this the film TCM used to show frequently? srogers1-2
name the films myuschen
Discuss Precious Images (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page