Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Lucy Autrey Wilson Top 10 Movie Picks

1.  1954 On The Waterfront, directed by Elia Kazan.  Why?  Great story, great acting and early Marlon Brando.
2.  1960 Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Why?  Since reading his short story collections as a kid to watching his movies and TV show, I'm a fan of everything Hitchcock.
3.  1963 Tom Jones, directed by Tony Richardson.  Why?  I loved the novel by Henry Fielding and enjoyed Albert Finney and Susannah York in the movie.
4.  1964 Goldfinger, directed by Guy Hamilton.  Why?  I read and enjoyed the Ian Fleming novels in High School, love watching Sean Connery on screen and can still hum Shirley Bassey's theme song.
5.  1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed by Mike Nichols.  Why?  An interesting take on a story by the great Shakespeare with terrific acting by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
6.  1967 The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols.  Why?  I was just getting ready for college and the story and characters played so well by Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross really hit home.
7.  1971 The French Connection, directed by William Friedkin.  Why?  It was educational to see the dark side of drug use - especially with the magnificent Gene Hackman.  The original music by Don Ellis is also superb.
8.  1972 The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Why?  Great cast, great score by Nino Rota, lots more going on than in the usual crime genre movie.
9 1973 American Graffiti, directed by George Lucas.  Why?  The reason I wanted to work for Lucasfilm.  Great original story, great rock and roll soundtrack.
10.  1996 The English Patient, directed by Anthony Minghella, produced by Saul Zaentz. Why?  I loved the novel by Michael Ondaatje and found the film + book a case of 1 + 1 = 3.

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