considers Fargo the “perfect movie.” But Alec Baldwin
feels Chinatown is the “perfect movie,” as does Morgan Freeman
for Moulin Rouge
. And Steven Spielberg
always felt Lawrence of Arabia represented perfection, until he saw The Godfather
I elicited these random superlatives from CNN
’s star-laden, six-part series The Movies
, whose initial run concludes this weekend. Arriving at a moment when some gurus are predicting the demise of theatrical films, the series represents a smart, passionate if occasionally repetitive exercise in cinematic hubris.
Executive producers Hanks, Gary Goetzman
and Mark Herzog
have managed to assemble a world-class array of film clips, which are duly applauded by a blur of top actors, directors and critics. Not only applauded but adulated. The litany of “greats” ranges from pre-war King Kong through West Side Story in the ’60s to Jaws ’70s, Et
’80s, Titanic ’90s and Harry Potter post-2000 — every clip accompanied by its superstar advocate.