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Cultural highlights of 2008

France: cinema
Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (Pathé), released in February, becomes the most successful film ever at the French box office (20.3m admissions).

France: cinema poll
• French magazine Cahiers du Cinéma publishes a list of '100 films pour une cinématheque ideale' (100 films for an ideal archive), chosen by 78 film critics and historians. The top 10 (actually 12) are
Citizen Kane (1942, Orson Welles, USA)
The Night of the Hunter (1955, Charles Laughton, USA)
La Règle du Jeu (Rules of the Game, 1939, Jean Renoir, France)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927, F W Murnau, USA)
L'Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo, France)
M (1931, Fritz Lang, Germany)
Singin' in the Rain (1952, Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, USA)
Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock, USA)
9= Les Enfants du Paradis (The Children of the Paradise, 1945, Marcel Carné, France)
    The Searchers (1956, John Ford, USA)
    Greed (1924, Erich von Stroheim, USA)
• You can see the full list here. It does not include any British films.
• In a separate list of the 50 greatest film-makers, the top 10 (in this order) are Jean Renoir, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Charles Chaplin, John Ford, Orson Welles, Ingmar Bergman, Luis Buñuel, F W Murnau and Howard Hawks. The list includes 17 Americans (plus five Austrians*, three British and two Germans apparently nominated primarily for their work in the US—making the 'American' total 27), 12 French, four Italians, three Japanese, one Dane, one Russian, one Spaniard, one Swede.
*includes Fritz Lang, one of whose German-made films is in the top 100.

UK: cinema poll
• In A British Film Institute (BFI) poll asking celebrities and members of the public to nominate which films should be shown to future generations the top 10 films were
Bladerunner (1982, Ridley Scott)
Stalker (1979, Andrei Tarkovsky)
Quadrophenia (1979, Franc Roddam, UK)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean, UK)
The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola, USA)
Pulp Fiction (1995, Quentin Tarantino, USA)
A Matter of Life and Death (1946, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK)
Billy Elliot (2000, Stephen Daldry, UK)
The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed, UK)
The Women (1939, George Cukor, USA)

Polls, eh?

Chronomedia 2008

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