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    1. AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Alfred Hitchcock
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    5-0 out of 5 stars hitchcock a classic
    This viedo is great it gives a look at the man behind the great movies.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great tribute to the films of Alfred Hitchcock
    This video is a must for all Hitchcock fans. It is a fine review af his most known films from the first British silent movies to America's Hollywood. This video is a long journey through the works of "The maste of suspense", and I enjoyed it very much! James Stewart, Sean Connery, Cary Grant, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Ingrid Bergman and a lot of others famous moviestars through the years were all there on the night to celebrate Hitchcock... I can only recommend this historical video - buy it now! ... Read more


    2. AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jimmy Stewart
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mr. Stewart goes to Hollywood
    James Stewart was one of Hollywoods most beloved actors and his performances has captured the hearts of millions. He had that rare sense of making the audiences feel sympathetic towards him, wanting to help him and guide him. It was all done with his voice, that strange trademark of Stewart. It's fun to watch this 1980 recording of the AFI LAA to James Stewart for many reasons, but mainly because we know, that Stewart survived many of his colleagues by many years. What an odd thing...Stewarts life and work was long and solid. This tape certainly proves that. ... Read more


    3. AFI's 100 Years, 100 Stars: American Film Institute (CBS Television Special)
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    America's greatest screen legends! The American Film Institute continues its celebration of the first century of American moviemaking with "AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars." In this prime-time special, originally broadcast June 15, 1999 on CBS, 50 of today's biggest stars celebrate and count down the 50 greatest American screen legends, as determined by leaders from across the American film community. Hosted by Shirley Temple Black, featuring James Caan, Clint Eastwood, Goldie Hawn, Martin Landau, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, James Woods any many, many more, with a special performance by Liza Minnelli. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant yet Mistaken
    I think AFI was trying to spark controversy instead of treating it fairly. One of the guidelines for the stars was popularity. Well, if John Wayne isn't popular enough to make the top 10, I don't know who is! It was a bit surprising to see Bogey finish first, but it sure was exciting. I thought Stewart or Grant would have the title. No matter what, you need to know that even though there are mistakes, the clips of the stars are a lot longer than the 100 Movies list. They take about two or three minutes to profile each. If you get this film, and don't get too upset about surprises, you'll love it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars AFI's 100 Years-100 Stars (50 Legends) now on DVD!!
    The American Film Institute (AFI) & over 1800 Leaders in the Film Community in 1999 determined the TOP 25 Male & Female American Film Legends from a compiled list of 250 Nominee Stars. The final 25 Male & 25 Female American Film Legends were determined...

    Many are critical of this Top 100 (50) American Film Legends List, while others praise it. I found after I understood the judging criteria the Final 50 American Film Legends were justified. This was a subjective decision based on the following criteria: STAR QUALITY (charisma, screen presences, mythic persona), CRAFT (acting aptitude & versatility), LEGACY (body of work), POPULARITY (fame) & HISTORICAL CONTEXT. Must be feature length film greater than 60 minutes. Screen debut on or before 1950 but whose death has marked a completed body of work.

    The TOP FEMALE LEGEND - Katherine Hepburn & TOP MALE LEGEND - Humphrey Bogart.

    AFI's 100 YEARS - 100 STARS America's Greatest Screen Legends is now on a Full Screen DVD (135 minutes). A 3 hour CBS TELEVISION SPECIAL, Hosted by Shirley Temple with a cast of over 50 stars & Hollywoods Best star commentaries.

    This 3 Hour CBS Special was presented in a 50 Legend countdown starting with the #25 Female & #25 Male Legend Stars, Ava Gardner & William Holden. Many Guest Stars & Movie Professionals provide commentary and statements regarding their favorite Legends.

    This is an excellent DVD & a very delightful collectors edition. Shirley Temple does an excellent job in hosting this Legend Special. A must for the DVD FIlm Library.

    The AFI DVD series introduces us to the complex world of the American Film Legends over the first 100 years. With this list whether we agree or not allows us to experience & get to know these Film Legends & their contribution & how they are immortalized forever in the American Film. Enjoy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AFI's 100 YEARS, 100 STARS!
    SEE 100 of the greatest movie stars from the first 100 years of American movies! HEAR many of today's leading stars drool over the great stars of the past! SALIVATE over the wonderful clips of these stars and then RUN to the closest movie rental star so you can see the ENTIRE FILM! You will be AMAZED at how many of these stars you have never seen! You will be OFFENDED that your favorite stars are ranked so low or left off the list entirely! You will ARGUE with your friends over this list, but NOT as much as you did with AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies list. You will compare the STARS OF TODAY to these GREAT STARS OF THE PAST and find them pretty inferior. If you missed this CBS special on television, then THIS IS YOUR CHANCE to see it in the privacy of your own home!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another list from AFI, another controversy for film fans
    "AFI's 100 Years, 100 Stars" was the American Film Institute's companion piece to their controversial "100 Years, 100 Movies." On the one hand this list is equally controversial; look at how low predictable top 10 stars John Wayne and Shirley Temple are on the list, how we have Mae West but no Alec Guiness, etc. But on the other hand you have to admit that when you get to the second half of the list there is a sharp drop off in the talent level from the top half. You can come up with another 100 films that could have been on AFI's list and made a compelling case for most of them, but I do not think you could do the same with movie stars. This CBS Television Special first aired in 1999 and combines clips from classic films with commentary from some of today's biggest stars, most of whom surely know they are not going to be on this list the next time it is done. If you love the movies and the people who star in them, then you should give this the once over if you missed in the first time around. I bet you see clips from some movies you have never seen and which you are now going to want to check out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For movie lovers!
    Many, many years ago, there was a terrific television special called "Life Goes to the Movies" which was packed with great film clips from the whole history of cinema. Unfortunately, this is not available anywhere, but this AFI program is one of the best I have seen on the movies since then. While the previous 100 Years, 100 movies was okay, it suffered from too much talk and not enough clips. The AFI has learned from that error and given us much more time on clips, which is what it is all about, the movies we love, right? The special focuses on stars who entered films 1950 and before, and whose careers were completed by the time this special aired. The modern stars talking about the past screen legends are very affectionate tributes to people who inspired them. I can highly recommend this DVD. ... Read more


    4. AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies: American Film Institute (CBS Television Special)
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    To commemorate the first century of American moviemaking, The American Film Institute has embarked on a celebration of America's greatest movies--"AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies." This once-in-a-lifetime event will remind us all how these great films sent shivers up our spines, tickled our funny bones and tugged at our heartstrings. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Much to applaud, much to question in AFI's picks.
    In the summer of 1998, the American Film Institute (AFI) released its list of the "Top 100 Movies of All Time." The list was chosen by a select panel of critics, movie executives, and various other glitterati to celebrate the best the film world had to offer in the 1900's. Easy task? No way! Just about everyone will take exception to the chosen films, and I am no different. Some I automatically agreed with, others I grudgingly approved of, some I hadn't even heard of, and the rest...well, all I could do was shake my head in wonderment, bemusement, or disgust.

    First of all, the list does run the gamut of comedies, dramas, musicals, westerns, and horror films. However, though it is meant to be culled from the last 100 years (assuming, of course, that 1999 would have nothing to offer us), only one film from the 1910's made it (the D.W. Griffith silent epic, "The Birth of a Nation") and only two from the roaring 20's ("The Jazz Singer", a dubious entry, and Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush").

    The T.V. special is hosted at first by actress Jodie Foster, and later taken over by Richard Gere. The films are counted backwards, starting with #100, "Yankee Doodle Dandy". Various actors, studio execs, even the loathsome ex-president, Bill Clinton, give analysis to the chosen movies. Some of the remembrances of these people are truly insightful, others are rudimentary. But actor Burt Reynolds truly gets the prize for the flakiest analysis, breaking down whilst discussing "To Kill a Mockingbird." Dustin Hoffman, too, is about to combust, talking about how playing a man dressing as a woman to get a part in a soap opera (in the comedy "Tootsie") made him look at women in general in his offscreen life; he remarks how the make-up people couldn't make him into a pretty type of woman on the set of "Tootsie". This one event in his life made him regret the great relationships he lost out on with women in his personal life, because their features didn't conform to what makes a woman attractive in his eyes. Thus, Hoffman chose to ignore these ladies, for the mere fact that they just didn't physically turn him on. The confession was not so much moving as it was unnerving.

    And, as with any "best-of" lists chosen by industry insiders, some of the films were chosen due to political consideration. For instance, the extremely flawed "Dances With Wolves" had to have been chosen to give Kevin Costner a credit to live in perpetuity with the other films bestowed with the honor of being in the Top 100.

    Moreover, I was amazed at the number of films from the 1990's that were included, such as "Pulp Fiction" and "Forrest Gump", two highly questionable selections. However, in the list, you'll find no Buster Keaton comedies, no Ernst Lubitch entries, nor great films like "Touch of Evil" or "To Have and Have Not." Such slights seem almost unforgivable.

    Still, the truly deserved are near the top: "Casablanca", "The Godfather, Parts I and II", "Citizen Kane", "The Wizard of Oz", and "Gone With the Wind." But as with any list like this comes controversy. I would have substituted at least 25 of these selections with other films not mentioned. I cannot help but think these movies were given some consideration not for their content, but also because they were of some historical significance; "The Jazz Singer" is still not a great film, but was the film that revolutionized the "talkie" era at the turn of the 1930's, and therefore was deemed acceptable for historical reasons. I submit that it is still the 100 "greatest" movies that need be represented, so clearly "Jazz Singer" should not have made it, lest there be cries of false advertising by discriminating viewers like myself.

    A few of these pictures should not even have been considered simply because they were not even AMERICAN films, as the criteria was supposed to be. So, "Clockwork Orange" and "Bridge on the River Kwai" should be left off by default, as they were technically British movies.

    Still, I have tried to watch as many of the films on the list that I had previously not seen, to judge for myself the worthiness of acceptance into the hallowed Top 100. "The Third Man" is one of these that I had not viewed before, but have since watching it found it to be a worthy candidate for the list.

    The tape makes for interesting viewing, but the snippets of each film and subsequent comments by various celebrities are sometimes too short, and we find ourselves jumping into the next number. There is a longer, more extensive version available through Amazon, and you may want to check it out too. Be sure you've seen all the movies on the list before scoping out this longer version, or you'll be subject to beaucoup spoilers that may ruin your enjoyment of the selections you have yet to see.

    The special is still worth the couple hours you'll spend viewing it. If anything, it will give you fodder for debates with other movie buffs, and that is worth the price of the tape alone. Now, if AFI would release a table-top book as a primer as well...

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Film Lovers Dream
    To celebrate the centenial of American film, the AFI (American Film Institute) issued a list counting down the one-hundered greatest films of all time and also had a 3 hour long television special to publically broadcast it.

    The AFI showed clips of the greatest films, so even though I disagreed with the ordering of the films, it was wonderful to watch because I could watch clips of my favorite films, even if they weren't where I would have placed them.

    Also, many stars indroduced the films, or told how much they loved them, so you could know which stars like the same movies you do.

    This was wonderful for me and my family to watch, and I think that all movie buffs would enjoy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars songs I missed
    Love is a Many Splendored thing
    Dream Lover
    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    All That Jazz
    songs from The Music Man, Chorus Line, Oklahoma, Carousel,
    The show was wonderful, but I would like to see the list of the 400 nominated songs. How would I fin dthis?

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Show With Great Movies
    This show is the result of nominations and votes, what AFI chose as the Top 100 American movies. It's a good list. It goes without saying that Tom, Dick, or Harry's theoretical lists may vary, but what AFI has done is compile a very solid list of 100 movies that have touched the lives of many.

    The show itself is a very nice presentation. The list starts at 100 and goes to 1, giving each movies its own little section, explaining what the movie is about, who the major players are, and why the movie is so beloved. A movie isn't on the list if it isn't a must-see. "AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies" is a fun, for some informative, romp through cinema's past, and one would have to be a film snob trying not to enjoy it to not enjoy it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Tough Choices, but a little biased.
    Perhaps "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (#60) said it best. If you bury a watch in the desert for a thousand years, it becomes treasure. I really find some of this list to be biased towards newer movies. As if newer movies are "garbage" or something. Seriously though...

    Citizen Kane won first place. Alright, but have you seen Lord of the Rings? Have you seen the Matrix? I bet they picked out a bunch of older people who just chose movies from their generation. Honestly though... AFI doesn't know best, but it does infuriate me a little when the only movies that make the top 10 are older movies. Gone with the Wind. A classic as some say. I have seen so many love stories that they seem ludacris by now.

    Still. Picking one hundred of the best movies would be a hard choice. Unforgiven got #98, but how does that make it worse than #97? It feels a little impossible to create a list like this. It is opinionated. Terminator didn't make the list. Reservoir Dogs is a no. Apparently many films didn't achieve the "top 100" status. I know there are some out there who don't really live their lives. They say things like, "The classics are the best and only good movies!" Wrong. Go watch Die Hard or something, because there is more to life than movies made 60 years ago. ... Read more


    5. AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Steven Spielberg
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Entertaining, Spielberg deserves more!
    This video ran chills down my spine. Steven is my hero and Im dying to see more honored to him. He should re-release his older hits in the theatre and make a sequal to Close Encounters. He's a genius! ... Read more


    6. AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Henry Fonda
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Henry Fonda gets his AFI-Award
    Henry Fonda was one of the most charismatic actors ever to bless the silver screen and it was only natural that he should receive The AFI Life Acievement Award. It's an evening with great moments of history when Bette Davis, James Stewart and Lillian Gish ( the last saying perhaps the most sain words in Hollywood: "Take the responsibility of what you put on film!" ) pay their respect to an aging colleague. In fact, most of the people appearing this evening are gone, and therefore the tape is all the more valuable. I recommend it. ... Read more


    7. AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Lillian Gish
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    3-0 out of 5 stars FROM SILENT TO SOUND
    I must admit to an ulterior motive for buying this video.As I had collected all the 24 films of Jennifer Jones (25 if you include the two versions of "The Wild Heart"/"Gone To Earth", or 26 if you include her 2001 A&E biography tape); I wanted to see JJ at later date than 1974, when she did her last film, "The Towering Inferno".

    The present video is dated 1984 and JJ gives a eulogy to Lillian concerning the two films they did together.These were:"Duel In The Sun (1946) when Lillian plays LauraBelle McCanless, the senator's wife and "Portrait Of Jennie (1948) when she played a mother superior at the convent where Jennie Appleton studied.Lillian had to make the grade, not achieved by many silent actors, of allaying the necessary melodramatic facial and body gestures needed for "silents" and learn to adopt the more naturalistic approach which was required from 1927 onwards.

    Lillian appeared in D.W. Griffiths seminal "Birth Of A Nation" (1915) and there are copious clips from various silent productions in which Lillian appeared, hosted by Douglas Fairbanks Jnr with a galaxy of stars listed by the previous reviewer.I have looked in vain for a later and similar tribute to Gregory Peck from 1989 where JJ gave another eulogy.

    In her long career Lillian played many different parts and like JJ was not type cast in any.If you would like to see a pot-pourri of her different roles as a prelude to buying one of her films on video, this is a good introduction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, well-deserved tribute to a queen of film
    Wonderful!! This 1984 television special of the American Film Institute honoring Lillian Gish is one of the few times they got in right!! The lovely Miss Gish, as enchanting and as eloquent as ever (and on the eve of 90!!) charms in her acceptance speech and the film clips themselves are terrific. A highlight is the appearance of Miss Gish's contemporary, Colleen Moore, and her funny and sweet recollections of Lillian Gish as the real mankiller of Hollywood!! Jennifer Jones, gorgeous as ever, as appears and Richard Widmark, Mary Martin, Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau (very charming - where IS her documentary on Lillian), Lily Tomlin, Cicely Tyson,and others pay tribute to this great star. Douglas Fairbanks Jr is a terrific host and Cary Grant and Fred Astaire can be seen in the audience in one of their final appearances. A Wonderful tape for anyone who loves the golden days of film. Thanks Amazon for making it available!! END ... Read more


    8. AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Clint Eastwood
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A great tribute to one of the great filmmakers of our time.
    This was first an ABC network special back in 1996,co-hosted by Jim Carrey and Rene Russo.Jim Carrey worked with Clint Eastwood in "The Dead Pool" in 1988 and "Pink Cadillac" in 1989 when Carrey was an unknown actor.Rene Russo appeared with Eastwood in "In the Line of Fire" in 1993.They both do a fine job as hosts.Eastwood's many fans will find this an entertaining 90 mins.

    This special features many highlights from his life and film career.Also it features his mother,(who was in her 80's at the time),his wife,his son Kyle and his daughter Alison.It features tributes from his friends Don Rickles,Donald Sutherland,Dylan McDermott and Steven Spielberg plus many others.

    The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award was begun by The American Film Institute back in 1973.The Director John Ford was the first honoree.Other honorees during the '70's included James Cagney, Bette Davis,Orson Welles,James Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock. Recent honorees included Barbara Streisand in 2001,Harrison Ford in 2000,Dustin Hoffman,Directors Robert Wise,Martin Scorcese and Steven Spielberg and Jack Nicholson.The filmmaking community consider The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award the greatest honor a filmmaker can receive,even greater than the Academy Award. ... Read more


    9. AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: John Ford
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    5-0 out of 5 stars John Fords big night
    This rare video is a delight for all filmlovers, especially if one loves westerns. It marks the first time The American Film Institute saluted one of their own, allthough John Ford actually had irish blood in his veins. Ford, aged 80 at the time, died only 6 months after receiving his award and that makes watching the tape all the more fascinating; a giant filmmaker gets what he so richly deserved in his lifes autumn. I can only recommend this treat to everyone and note Danny Kayes remarks to Richard Nixon in the opening; it's hilarious! ... Read more


    10. AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Billy Wilder
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    11. AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jack Lemmon
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    3-0 out of 5 stars A little early?!
    Why the AFI choosed to give Jack Lemmon this award so early is a mystery to me, but even so: he richly deserved it. A profilic actor over the years, in comedy as well in drama, Lemmon has brought warmth and humor to the silver screen. This tape is mildly entertaining, mainly because it is to contemporary for my taste, but it does offer some fun once in a while and if you like Lemmon, it's a must. ... Read more


    12. AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Orson Welles
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Honoring...the "third man"
    This Worldvision VHS tape is recorded in SP mode and it's in good video and sound quality.

    The 75-minute program, originally aired on CBS in 1975, is the third AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, which is historically one of the more tasteful and classy award shows. Each show usually comprises of tributes to the award recipient, film clips of his or her work, and a final acceptance speech. Usually the actual ceremony runs much longer, and the broadcast version is trimmed down to fit a time slot; that begs the question: when will we see the outtakes from these shows? For film fans, every bit of footage of Welles, Hitchcock, Lean, etc., is precious.

    The program opens with a nice introduction: "Our first AFI award was given to director John Ford, our second was to actor James Cagney, and tonight, we honor the 'third man'." Then, accompanied by the famous zither music from THE THIRD MAN, Welles emerges from the crowd.

    Those who pay tribute to Welles in the program are: Charlton Heston, Frank Sinatra, Ingrid Bergman, Natalie Wood, Janet Leigh, Dennis Weaver, Johnny Carson (who comes to collect a $50 debt from Welles), Edgar Berger (1930s ventriloquist), Joseph Cotten, Peter Bogdanovich, and George Stevens, Jr. Film clips of THE THIRD MAN, CITIZEN KANE, TOUCH OF EVIL, JANE EYRE (Welles with Joan Fontaine), THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, OTHELLO, TOMORROW IS FOREVER (Welles with Natalie Wood), FALSTAFF, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, and Welles' last but unfinished THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, are shown.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The magnificent Orson Welles
    Much have been said about Orson Welles and whether you like the man or not his influence on cinema is substantial and he have made a great contribution to the aesthetics of movies. In this 1975 treat he receives his medal for a long life in motion pictures and it's so breathlessly entertaining that you don't care whether his final words make sense or not. There are cameos from Joseph Cotten to Frank Sinatra, from Charlton Heston to Johnny Carson. This video is a must for anyone who enjoys movies! ... Read more


    13. AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Hollywood Mavericks
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    In 1975, while accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, Orson Welles made a plea for the independent artists who made their art on the edges of Hollywood: "If there's any excuse for us, it's just that we're practicing the old American tradition of the maverick, and we are of a vanishing breed."

    The AFI celebrated Welles and his fellow mavericks in this 1990 portrait of 17 directors who defied, redefined, or simply worked around the system to create distinct films and unique cinematic visions. Ranging from pioneering filmmakers D.W. Griffith and Erich von Stroheim and classical era iconoclasts Josef von Sternberg and Sam Fuller to modern American independents Alan Rudolph and David Lynch, it's more of an overview and appreciation than an exploration--at a whirlwind 90 minutes, it can't offer more than sketches of its subjects. But it's an inspiring trip through Hollywood history, illustrated with rare interviews and well-chosen film clips (many of frustratingly poor quality) and guided by the commentary of film historians turned directors Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, and Peter Bogdanovich, among others. Other featured directors include John Ford, John Cassavetes, Sam Peckinpah, and Robert Altman. The film's writers, Todd McCarthy and Michael Henry Wilson, later shepherded two of the finest film documentaries ever made: McCarthy on Visions of Light and Wilson on A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Film. --Sean Axmaker ... Read more


    14. AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies: American Film Institute (Complete Edition)
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    To commemorate the first century of American moviemaking, the American Film Institute has embarked on a celebration of America's greatest movies--"AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies." This ten part retrospective explores many aspects of the human condition from the depths of depravity, horror and the dregs of underworld crime to the heights of heroism and passionate romance, covering the many genres, styles and types of films that make up the first 100 years of the glorious American film, as chosen by Hollywood's top directors, writers, stars and executives. Hosted by Jodie Foster, Richard Gere and Sally Field, narrated by James Woods. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Much to applaud, much to question in AFI's picks.
    In the summer of 1998, the American Film Institute (AFI) released its list of the "Top 100 Movies of All Time." The list was chosen by a select panel of critics, movie executives, and various other glitterati to celebrate the best the film world had to offer in the 1900's. Easy task? No way! Just about everyone will take exception to the chosen films, and I am no different. Some I automatically agreed with, others I grudgingly approved of, some I hadn't even heard of, and the rest...well, all I could do was shake my head in wonderment, bemusement, or disgust.

    First of all, the list does run the gamut of comedies, dramas, musicals, westerns, and horror films. However, though it is meant to be culled from the last 100 years (assuming, of course, that 1999 would have nothing to offer us), only one film from the 1910's made it (the D.W. Griffith silent epic, "The Birth of a Nation") and only two from the roaring 20's ("The Jazz Singer", a dubious entry, and Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush").

    The T.V. special is hosted at first by actress Jodie Foster, and later taken over by Richard Gere. The films are counted backwards, starting with #100, "Yankee Doodle Dandy". Various actors, studio execs, even the loathsome ex-president, Bill Clinton, give analysis to the chosen movies. Some of the remembrances of these people are truly insightful, others are rudimentary. But actor Burt Reynolds truly gets the prize for the flakiest analysis, breaking down whilst discussing "To Kill a Mockingbird." Dustin Hoffman, too, is about to combust, talking about how playing a man dressing as a woman to get a part in a soap opera (in the comedy "Tootsie") made him look at women in general in his offscreen life; he remarks how the make-up people couldn't make him into a pretty type of woman on the set of "Tootsie". This one event in his life made him regret the great relationships he lost out on with women in his personal life, because their features didn't conform to what makes a woman attractive in his eyes. Thus, Hoffman chose to ignore these ladies, for the mere fact that they just didn't physically turn him on. The confession was not so much moving as it was unnerving.

    And, as with any "best-of" lists chosen by industry insiders, some of the films were chosen due to political consideration. For instance, the extremely flawed "Dances With Wolves" had to have been chosen to give Kevin Costner a credit to live in perpetuity with the other films bestowed with the honor of being in the Top 100.

    Moreover, I was amazed at the number of films from the 1990's that were included, such as "Pulp Fiction" and "Forrest Gump", two highly questionable selections. However, in the list, you'll find no Buster Keaton comedies, no Ernst Lubitch entries, nor great films like "Touch of Evil" or "To Have and Have Not." Such slights seem almost unforgivable.

    Still, the truly deserved are near the top: "Casablanca", "The Godfather, Parts I and II", "Citizen Kane", "The Wizard of Oz", and "Gone With the Wind." But as with any list like this comes controversy. I would have substituted at least 25 of these selections with other films not mentioned. I cannot help but think these movies were given some consideration not for their content, but also because they were of some historical significance; "The Jazz Singer" is still not a great film, but was the film that revolutionized the "talkie" era at the turn of the 1930's, and therefore was deemed acceptable for historical reasons. I submit that it is still the 100 "greatest" movies that need be represented, so clearly "Jazz Singer" should not have made it, lest there be cries of false advertising by discriminating viewers like myself.

    A few of these pictures should not even have been considered simply because they were not even AMERICAN films, as the criteria was supposed to be. So, "Clockwork Orange" and "Bridge on the River Kwai" should be left off by default, as they were technically British movies.

    Still, I have tried to watch as many of the films on the list that I had previously not seen, to judge for myself the worthiness of acceptance into the hallowed Top 100. "The Third Man" is one of these that I had not viewed before, but have since watching it found it to be a worthy candidate for the list.

    The tape makes for interesting viewing, but the snippets of each film and subsequent comments by various celebrities are sometimes too short, and we find ourselves jumping into the next number. There is a longer, more extensive version available through Amazon, and you may want to check it out too. Be sure you've seen all the movies on the list before scoping out this longer version, or you'll be subject to beaucoup spoilers that may ruin your enjoyment of the selections you have yet to see.

    The special is still worth the couple hours you'll spend viewing it. If anything, it will give you fodder for debates with other movie buffs, and that is worth the price of the tape alone. Now, if AFI would release a table-top book as a primer as well...

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Film Lovers Dream
    To celebrate the centenial of American film, the AFI (American Film Institute) issued a list counting down the one-hundered greatest films of all time and also had a 3 hour long television special to publically broadcast it.

    The AFI showed clips of the greatest films, so even though I disagreed with the ordering of the films, it was wonderful to watch because I could watch clips of my favorite films, even if they weren't where I would have placed them.

    Also, many stars indroduced the films, or told how much they loved them, so you could know which stars like the same movies you do.

    This was wonderful for me and my family to watch, and I think that all movie buffs would enjoy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars songs I missed
    Love is a Many Splendored thing
    Dream Lover
    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    All That Jazz
    songs from The Music Man, Chorus Line, Oklahoma, Carousel,
    The show was wonderful, but I would like to see the list of the 400 nominated songs. How would I fin dthis?

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Show With Great Movies
    This show is the result of nominations and votes, what AFI chose as the Top 100 American movies. It's a good list. It goes without saying that Tom, Dick, or Harry's theoretical lists may vary, but what AFI has done is compile a very solid list of 100 movies that have touched the lives of many.

    The show itself is a very nice presentation. The list starts at 100 and goes to 1, giving each movies its own little section, explaining what the movie is about, who the major players are, and why the movie is so beloved. A movie isn't on the list if it isn't a must-see. "AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies" is a fun, for some informative, romp through cinema's past, and one would have to be a film snob trying not to enjoy it to not enjoy it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Tough Choices, but a little biased.
    Perhaps "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (#60) said it best. If you bury a watch in the desert for a thousand years, it becomes treasure. I really find some of this list to be biased towards newer movies. As if newer movies are "garbage" or something. Seriously though...

    Citizen Kane won first place. Alright, but have you seen Lord of the Rings? Have you seen the Matrix? I bet they picked out a bunch of older people who just chose movies from their generation. Honestly though... AFI doesn't know best, but it does infuriate me a little when the only movies that make the top 10 are older movies. Gone with the Wind. A classic as some say. I have seen so many love stories that they seem ludacris by now.

    Still. Picking one hundred of the best movies would be a hard choice. Unforgiven got #98, but how does that make it worse than #97? It feels a little impossible to create a list like this. It is opinionated. Terminator didn't make the list. Reservoir Dogs is a no. Apparently many films didn't achieve the "top 100" status. I know there are some out there who don't really live their lives. They say things like, "The classics are the best and only good movies!" Wrong. Go watch Die Hard or something, because there is more to life than movies made 60 years ago. ... Read more


    15. AFI - The Directors - Michael Mann
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    Known for his rapid-paced approach to filmmaking, Michael Mann began his illustrious career, working on TV commercials and documentary films. Following his feature debut of THEIF, he has gone on to direct such classics as MANHUNTER, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, HEAT, THE INSIDER and the upcoming ALI with Will Smith. He was nominated for an Academy Award© in 2000 as Best Director for THE INSIDER. Actors and collaborators who speak about their work with Mann include Jon Voight, James Belushi, Wes Studi, Madeleine Stowe, William Petersen, Tom Sizemore and others. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars good but could have been better
    For someone whose films are so coveted by film buffs, so little has been visually documented about the making of them and the person responsible for them. This DVD, part of The Directors series, does a good job at providing the first step to showcasing Michael Mann and his work.

    All of his feature films are covered and many of the actors he's worked with over the years, from Jon Voight to Christopher Plummer, are interviewed. My only complaint is that it's too short! Clocking in at just under an hour, this documentary barely scratches the surface -- I mean, an entire hour could have been spent on The Insider alone!

    That aside, this documentary is a solid introduction to the films of Michael Mann, definitely worth purchasing for the fans and worth a look for people interested in getting into his movies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT AMERICAN FILM DIRECTOR!!!
    Martin Scorsese said a few years back that Michael Mann was one of America's great film directors. While having immense respect and admiration for Scorsese, I was elated to hear one of my movie icons saying pretty much what I've been saying for many years. I was a fan of Michael Mann before I knew who he was and what he was capable of. My first exposure was THE JERICHO MILE on TV - a made for TV movie starring Peter Strauss of RICH MAN, POOR MAN fame. One thing that caught and mesmerized me was the music (I believe it was Jack Nitzsche who blended incredible instrumental versions of the Rolling Stones' SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL & NO EXPECTATIONS). But the acting, writing, etc. was so far above normal television that I couldn't stop talking about that show for years. Then came THIEF (music by Tangerine Dream - also used for the film score of THE KEEP - an underrated and brilliant piece of work, as are all of Mann's gifts to the cinema)followed by MIAMI VICE, and with its success more TV: CRIME STORY & PRIVATE EYE (the latter an incredible show reminiscent of PETER GUNN of the 1950's but was not seen or appreciated by many). I could write and rave 20,000 words without blinking an eye in regards to Mr. Mann. He seems to only make a film every 2 or 3 years - but when he does, I pay box office dollars - partly to support his genius and partly to be totally entertained. LAST OF THE MOHICANS/HEAT/THE INSIDER & ALI have all laid proof to his talents. THE DIRECTORS is a series paying homage & respect to major and gifted directors. I have seen each episodic look into our filmmakers' lives and works and, I just saw the one on Michael today and am speechless! If you haven't followed his career like I have, I highly recommend seeing this one hour extravaganza. You will see and hear some of the actors he has hand-picked for his movies, and upon completion of this too short hour, you will want to see and experience everything this gifted man has bestowed upon us, the lucky recipients of his sheer, bravado and infectious magic. To requote Martin Scorsese: Michael Mann is one of America's great directors!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD, but more coverage of "The Keep" needed.
    This DVD is excellent value for money and the 60 minutes fly by when you're watching it.

    I was particularly pleased to see that Manhunter was given detailed analysis (including an interview with William L Petersen, who is clearly a BIG fan of Mann's work)

    I was disappointed however, that perhaps Mann's most interesting movie - "The Keep" - is hardly discussed at all. Whilst it's true that this movie is somewhat obscure and unknown, it would have been useful if they had researched into that particular time in Mann's career in more detail.

    Mind you, at this price I should not ask too much, and the coverage of all of his other work is excellent. ALI is not mentioned though really, because I suspect this DVD was in production before ALI filming was complete.

    Overall, this DVD product is an essential purchase for any fans of Michael Mann or his movies and despite cutting a couple of corners here and there, it thoroughly deserves the 5 star rating at this bargain price.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Mann Alive
    Solid entry in the AFI Director's series. The career of Michael Mann is (finally) profiled from his early TV days of Starsky and Hutch and Vegas, through Jericho Mile, Thief, Manhunter, Last of the Mohicans, Heat and The Insider. The Keep is mentioned, but only that. Very little info on Miami Vice or Crime Story. Nothing on Ali. Interview with Mann is great, if only because there are not more interviews with him available. Questions mostly concern influences and do not delve too deeply into his filmmaking process. Nothing about his use of music is explored, which is a missed opportunity. But we do learn about how the story of Heat was made first as a TV movie called L.A. Takedown, and later, why Mann took his name off the broadcast TV version of Heat. Interviews include Jon Voight, James Belushi, Diane Venora, Wes Studi, Dennis Farnia and William Peterson. Everyone seems to agree that Mann is detail obsessed, and by the richness of his work, its hard to argue. ... Read more


    16. AFI - The Directors - James Cameron
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    Before setting his sights on a motion picture career, James Cameron studied physics and worked as a machinist and a truck driver. Today, he is one of the most successful directors in Hollywood. His blockbuster films THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, TRUE LIES and TITANIC, the largest grossing motion picture of all time. Actors who discuss Cameron's career are include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Biehn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Paxton and more. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars They honor Roger Corman film makers...
    That's what a lot of people do not know about Cameron. He started out making sholack pictures for Corman' company, and this has stayed with him all his career. Abysses,Teriminator, Titanic, all these movies are not any better then Battle Beyound the Stars and Piranna II, Pictures he made for Corman. The only dfferences was the budget. But script wise,they looked like they were written by somene whocan not write...and he is it. the AFI should have their heads examined. ... Read more


    17. AFI - The Directors - Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker
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    In 1969, David Zucker along with brother Jerry and friend Jim Abrams formed a live performing troupe based out of Madison, Wisconsin. The Kentucky Fried Theatre, as it was known, practiced zany style of fast-paced comedy that developedinto the team's trademark. After heading west to Hollywood, Zucker, Abrams and Zucker co-directed their first film, AIRPLANE! in 1980. Since then, Z-A-Z" has continued to wow box office crowds with such hilarious hits as TOP SECRET!, RUTHLESS PEOPLE and THE NAKED GUN TRILOGY. Actors such as Leslie Nielson, Patrick Swayze, Robert Stack, Peter Graves, Julie Hagerty and Maureen McGovern share their hysterical experiences working with working with the trio in this side-splitting cinematic retrospective. ... Read more


    18. Celebrating AFI
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    19. AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Frank Capra
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    4-0 out of 5 stars a miserable guy who made great movies
    few people deserved an afi award as much as frank capra. but read about his life and you find that every honor or achievement was able to afford him only the mildest comfort because he was a totally driven man and satisfaction was beyond his reach. success only led to more frustration. i saw him once in person at a showing of the bitter tea of general yen and he was great. the audience laughed at times at the movie, but capra was great about it. he got up at the end and said, "i really didn't intend to make a comedy." that brought the house down. this is a truly interesting program for capra fans.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST for fans of Capra's great films!
    This video is a wonderful snapshot of Capra's tremendous contribution to the art of American filmmaking. You'll enjoy clips from Capra's classics "It Happened One Night," "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," "You Can't Take it With You," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," and "It's a Wonderful Life," among others. Host Jimmy Stewart does a wonderful job of honoring this one-of-a-kind director with humor and humility. Stars of Capra's films who make appearances and reminisce include Donna Reed and Claudette Colbert. Frank Capra's acceptance speech at the end of the video has all the elements of a Capra film...humor, sincerity, and inspiration. This video is a must-have for fans of Capra, and fans of great classic films. It is entertaining and endearing enough to be watched and enjoyed again and again. ... Read more


    20. AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jack Nicholson
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