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 »

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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>

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Where's the original content?
2 September 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have seen this short film innumerable times, as Turner Classic Movies has used it as a time filler many times over the last decade or two. It consists of gobs of classic film clips all expertly pieced together in a lovely montage on the history of film. It received the Oscar for Best Short Film/Live Action, though I don't think this was a very good choice because the film bore no original content whatsoever--just a very nice job of splicing and setting it all to a rousing musical score. To me, this just seems like a rather cheap and self-serving bit of promotion by the AMPAS people (the folks that pick the Oscars) and would love to have seen something truly original and new win instead--especially since it must be frustrating to your film makers to work so hard on original stories and lose to what seems like a big commercial. Just my two cents worth.


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