America’s Film Legacy

Monday, December 12, 2011

Daniel Eagan discusses America’s Film Legacy, 2009-2010, a companion volume to his 2008 book, America’s Film Legacy, a guide to the 500 most significant films ever made in the United States as selected by the National Film Registry. The updated edition includes well-known movies, like "The Muppet Movie" and "Dog Day Afternoon," to more obscure films, like "A Study in Reds" and "Hot Dogs for Gauguin."


Daniel Eagan

Comments [4]

BURKE WALKER from Manhattan--UWS


"Let There Be Light" was indeed difficult to access for a long time, but not impossible. They were definately not "banned." While running the Cinema Club at Middlebury College in the mid-60's I ran across John Ford's masterfull documentary "Let There Be Light", together with "The Battle of San Pietro", hiding in plain sight, in an ROTC film catalogue. Using a harmless ruse I secured copies of the two films and showed them as part of our film series. They were both intensely moving.

Dec. 12 2011 01:55 PM

Fascinating interview. My favourite movie is The Accidental Tourist. It is the most faithful adaptation of a book I have ever seen. Every person is the exact person I pictured when reading what is also a favourite book. Deep and beautiful.

Dec. 12 2011 01:06 PM
bob from huntington

mr eagan:
the original version of "the thing" from the early 50's should be considered for restoration and inclusion in the registry. on a small budget, with almost no special effects, it featured an intelligent script performed by a wonderfully believable cast of b-level actors. in many ways, it anciticpated later sci-fi films like ridley scott's "alien."

Dec. 12 2011 12:57 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

"Annie" (1982) was a great film. Really. Great performances.

Dec. 12 2011 12:55 PM

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