Essential Cinema (1900 – 1970): Pt. 3

Please enjoy this presentation of America’s finest films during the first seventy years of the twentieth century. This is the third of a five-part series that names the top 15 films between 1900 and 1970.

The numbers 1-15 do not themselves denote a level of a ranking. The inclusion of a film on the list simply means it is indispensable.

If all Americans were familiar with the themes, concepts, events and histories that are showcased in these films, the level of cultural and historical ignorance in America would be significantly reduced.

If you need more time  for each module, please pause the video. If you wish to advance quicker than the video speed, please manually move the presentation cursor. 

Sources Used:

1. The Guardian. (2000). “The Top 10 Film Moments.”

2. Dancyger, Ken (2002).”The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice.”New York: Focal Press

3. Hall, John. (1995). “Touch of Psycho.” Bright Lights Film Journal.

4. Hitchcock Wiki. “Mr. Hitchcock’s suggestions for placement of music (08/Jan/1960)”.’s_suggestions_for_placement_of_music_(08/Jan/1960)

5. Kaganski, Serge (1997). Alfred Hitchcock. Paris: Hazan.

6.Zizek, Slavoj. (2006). “The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema.” (Directed by Sophie Fiennes).

7. CNN (1999). “Alfred Hitchcock: Our Top 10.”

8. Variety Staff. (1958). “Vertigo Movie Review.” Variety Magazine.

9. Auiler, Dan (2000). Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic. Macmillan.

10. Jaglom, Henry (2013). Biskind, Peter, ed. My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles. Metropolitan Books.

Documentary Used:

1. Scott, A.O. (2011). “Critics’ Picks – Lawrence of Arabia.” The New York Times.URL:

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