“135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith In Cinema”: How Many Do You Know?
FlavorWire recently released the results of their informal reader poll, “What are the most beautiful movies ever made?” They received hundreds of responses, and as the writers put it, “a simple follow-up post seemed in adequate [sic]“. Instead, editor Jason Bailey composed a stunning eight minute video essay, compiling some of the best shots from the 86 movies that made the final cut. It’s entitled, “135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith In Cinema.” Check it out below:
I was a little embarrassed that I couldn’t name more of the films the first time around. But after glancing at the complete list of films and cinematographers (which accompanies the article at Flavorwire), I realized that I knew more than I thought- I just didn’t necessarily recognize the shots they used, or they went by too quickly. I mean, how many shots of clouds and landscapes do we really need?
I also realized that they included some unexpected clips from the films that I did know. I was surprised that there was no Little Italy Festival scene from The Godfather, Part II. And it seems crazy to include that slow shot of Clive Own and Claire-Hope Ashitey from Children of Men over scenes like the 360° car attack (although maybe the editors thought that graphic violence, however amazingly filmed, wasn’t appropriate for this particular compilation).
That said, I realized I enjoyed this video way more when I watched it again and stopped thinking about everything. The editors are right; check it out, and let the beauty speak for itself.
The photo at top is from my suggestion for a major omission: Gone With The Wind. Also, Steven Spielberg should be represented at least once. Close Encounters? (At least his longtime collaborator, Janusz Kaminski, was recognized for The Diving Bell and The Butterfly.) Of course, lists are meant to spark debate!
What do you think? What are you favorite shots in cinema?