Essential Cinema (1900 – 1970): Pt. 4

Please enjoy this presentation of America’s finest films during the first seventy years of the twentieth century. This is the fourth 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.

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Sources Used:

1. Variety Staff. (1930). “Review: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front.” Variety Magazine

2. Mikies, David. (2013). “Hollywood’s Creepy Love Affair With Adolf Hitler, in Explosive New Detail.” Tablet Magazine.

3. Sauer, Patrick (2015). “The Most Loved and Hated Novel About World War I”. Smithsonian Institution.

4. Marshall, S.L.A. (1970). “Great Georgie Redone”. The Charleston Gazette. 

5. Ebert, Roger. (March 17, 2002). “Patton (1970)”. 

6. Champlin, Charles (1970). “‘Patton’ Features George C. Scott as ‘Old Blood and Guts'”. Los Angeles Times. 

7. Berardinelli, James. (2009).”Patton”. 

8. Philip, Roth. (2011). “TNR Film Classic: ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai.” The New Republic. 

9. Goldstein, Carly. (2013). “The Bridge on the River Kwai review”,

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