Those looking to find out what the greatest films of all time are may want to consult Rolling Stone. The magazine’s writers surveyed readers to come up with a list, tabulating over 35,000 votes. The results include classics, long-forgotten gems and new movies.
Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights”
“City Lights” is a classic romantic comedy that’s still very popular today. It tells the story of a tramp who falls in love with a blind flower girl. The hapless tramp tries to provide the flower girl with money, but he is unable to do so. Later, he is awarded a lavish reward by a drunken millionaire. The flower girl’s life will never be the same.
City Lights took nearly three years to complete, and it was the longest film project Chaplin had ever undertaken. Despite the long shooting time, the film shows little sign of effort. Indeed, Alistair Cooke, who wrote the book on Chaplin’s career, said that the movie flows smoothly, but it went through many revisions. For example, Chaplin originally intended to play a blind clown.
While Chaplin’s original storyline for City Lights involved a circus clown losing his sight, he reworked the story to include a blind flower girl. The tramp then falls in love with her and tries to raise enough money to save her from a tragic accident. His journey includes a number of hilarious sight gags and set pieces. Chaplin also makes a hilarious mistake attacking a bald man’s head with a knife.
The silent films he made were becoming dated by the time City Lights was finished. It took Chaplin 18 months to complete this film, and by the time it was finished, he had spent about $2 million on it. And despite the fact that his silent movies were losing their mass audience, they remain as enduring and influential today as they were at the time.
The film is famous for its social commentary. Chaplin implies that the Tramp’s misfortune is a result of modern capitalism and an economic depression. His opening in-joke about dialogue was very funny, and audiences at the time loved it. The next year, however, Chaplin’s film Modern Times was released, and he had the freedom to include speech in the soundtrack.
Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr Strangelove”
Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr Strangewatche” is one of his most memorable films. Its setting is the Cold War, and it’s a satire on the fears of nuclear war. While its production was troubled, it has since gone on to become a classic.
This film is a masterpiece of subversion, and the title is one of the best in movie history. Kubrick and co-writer Peter George wrote the script, which was nominated for four academy awards in 1965. The film also ranked number three on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 funny movies, and twenty-sixth on its list of the top 100 American films.
Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr Strange-love” has a strong message about the ramifications of nuclear command-and-control systems. This is a topic that was not adequately covered in mainstream media, and Kubrick’s movie was actually more accurate than official statements. “Strangelove” depicts a war room where political officials and military leaders work to prevent the escalation of a nuclear war.
“Dr Strangelove” is a satire of Cold War anxiety, and its main character, Peter Sellers, plays three different roles in the film. He’s a wheelchair-bound presidential adviser who has a Nazi past. He has an odd, eccentric style that makes him a perfect fit for the role.
The film has a great deal of quotable dialogue, especially in the first half. Kubrick also incorporated a character who was inspired by Adlai Stevenson, a Democratic candidate for president in 1952 and a U.N. ambassador during the Cuban Missile Crisis. However, Kubrick did not want to make his character look like an actual politician.
Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”
“Pulp Fiction” is a landmark of twentieth-century American cinema. Its unconventional structure, which incorporates scenes from Tarantino’s previous film, True Romance, makes it a highly experimental work. Unlike most movies, it doesn’t follow a strict chronological order, but instead features eclectic dialogue and monologues, ironic humor, and plenty of violence. Despite this, TriStar Pictures originally rejected the script, calling it “too demented.” However, Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein was impressed and decided to fund it.
When “Pulp Fiction” hit the theaters in 1994, few people could have imagined the impact it would have on the movie industry. Today, the film is considered Tarantino’s signature work and continues to influence Hollywood in ways that few other films have.
Regardless of who owns the film, Tarantino has the right to sell NFTs of his original script. He also has the right to use the NFTs in other films he makes. This is in line with the terms of his 1993 contract with the ViacomCBS studio.
Tarantino plans to release NFTs based on “Pulp Fiction” in the future, but Miramax claims that this would violate copyrights. Miramax’s lawsuit has been wending its way through federal court in Los Angeles.
Ingrid Bergman’s “Modern Times”
The controversy surrounding Bergman’s marriage has been widely discussed, but her personal life remains opaque. Her marriage with Dr. Peter Lindstrom ended in divorce, and she was vilified by her studio bosses for her unorthodox behavior. Congress even introduced a bill to ban Bergman from appearing on TV and in films. Some critics called her a home wrecker and an anti-marriage crusader.
Bergman’s scandal has resulted in a scathing condemnation from the Catholic Church, the Senate, and the public. The actress’s actions are criticized in newspapers, and she is barred from returning to the United States. Her daughter, Pia, continues to live with Lindstrom. This situation causes great confusion for Jesse, as well as his family.
The film opens in Stockholm, where Bergman was born. She lost her mother when she was a toddler, and her father owned a photography shop. Her father filmed her with a motion picture camera. Unfortunately, her father passed away when she was 12 years old, and Bergman had to move to another city. She was raised by her aunt and uncle, and was a talented child actor. Her inheritance helped pay for her education at the Royal Dramatic Theater School in Stockholm.
Although the film is set in modern times, Bergman’s early career was a bit tangled in controversy. While Bergman was a rising star in her native Sweden, she signed a three-picture contract with a Nazi-controlled German film company. Her employment agency even required her to file a certificate of her Aryan ancestry. In spite of these scandals, she did not change her appearance to fit Hollywood standards.
After winning several Academy Awards, Bergman’s personal life was just as complicated. She had a relationship with Italian film director Roberto Rossellini, who produced seven of her films. The affair did not sit well with her conservative American audience, but the couple later married and had three children together.
Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shutter Island”
Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shutter island” is a classic film that is well worth watching if you enjoy suspenseful movies. The movie follows a simple storyline, but a number of different techniques are employed to build the suspense in the film. A lot of the film’s suspense is created by the use of different types of shots and editing techniques.
Director Martin Scorsese adapted Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller and turned it into an even better movie. The film shares many of Hitchcock’s traits, including an icy blonde, conspiracy theories, obsession, and an eerie macguffin – a lighter!
The film is not quite as excellent as the director’s previous films, but it is still quite enjoyable. While it is not as great as Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” it’s more consistently impressive than some of the director’s previous work. The film’s eerie atmosphere is enhanced by some masterful camera work, including a number of shots in the claustrophobic Ashcliffe hospital. However, the film starts to lose pace when it flashes back in time.
While the film’s setting is a small island in the middle of the ocean, Shutter Island owes much to the post-war melodramatics that dominated the cinematic landscape. In post-war thrillers, mental institutions were popular backdrops for plots and villains. Some even featured a manipulative ‘bad guy’ psychiatrist.
In the 1954 film, Teddy Daniels, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, investigate the disappearance of a woman named Rachel Solando. This case is a complicated one – the federal marshal tries to solve the case while dealing with the island’s corrupt overseers. As the investigation progresses, Teddy Daniels is forced to face more resistance and questions.