Sunday, May 15, 2005

Saturday Night At The Movies...

It's that time again. Channel 4 has been showing a programme on the 100 Greatest War Films as voted by the viewing public.

Top 10 as follows:

1 - Saving Private Ryan
2 - Apocalypse Now
3 - The Great Escape
4 - Schindler's List
5 - Full Metal Jacket
6 - Platoon
7 - A Bridge Too Far
8 - Zulu
9 - Black Hawk Down
10 - Bridge on the River Kwai

There's a lot I could say, but won't. I find it rather disspiriting that Saving Private Ryan was Numero Uno. If you strip away the first 20 minutes there's a LOT of cliche, boilerplate and implausible guff going on.

Not that realism is necessarily the sole criterion by which we measure these things. My personal favourite of the top ten is probably Zulu (or perhaps the Great Escape), which is riven with horrendous levels of historical inaccuracy and bullshit.

The very strong showing for Vietnam films is interesting and provocative, though they may benefit by default on the basis of the fact that they are relatively recent.

Great to see The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp on the list (though too low!).

Notable by their absence (unless they were there and I was in the khazi when they came up) - The Hill, Waterloo, Gettysburg, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.


Anonymous fence said...

I agree. Was a little disapointed when we got to number three or so and I realised how high SVP was going to be.

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