Re: [Videolib] Core Video Collection Advice

MileFilms@aol.com
Wed, 6 Aug 2003 15:03:25 EDT

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Sad to say, the AFI voting (highly decided upon by the studios themselves, so
be careful) and the LOC National Film Registry (a much more interesting
list), have one fatal flaw -- no foreign films. It's like the best 100 novels of
all time without Tolstoy, Shakespeare or Cervantes.

Beyond considering the basic community needs (any feature films or docs shot
in the area that would be invaluable -- or particularly large ethnic groups in
the area that might like to see one of their own films on the list), I would
combine the LOC with the magazine's Sight and Sound polls done every 10 years
( <A HREF="http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/topten/index.html">http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/topten/index.html</A> ) and the British Film
Institute's National Film Theatre Essential 400 list ( <A HREF="http://www.bfi.org.uk/">http://www.bfi.org.uk/</A>
) that's on their website to come up with a master list that you might like
to narrow down yourself.

Facets is also doing a top ten list of many people including directors,
librarians, even (GASP!) middle-aged film distributors, that should be published
soon.

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
Fax: (201) 767-3035
Email: milefilms@aol.com
www.milestonefilms.com

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Sad to say, the AFI voting (highly decided up= on by the studios themselves, so be careful) and the LOC National Film Regis= try (a much more interesting list), have one fatal flaw -- no foreign films.= It's like the best 100 novels of all time without Tolstoy, Shakespeare or C= ervantes.

Beyond considering the basic community needs (any feature films or docs shot= in the area that would be invaluable -- or particularly large ethnic groups= in the area that might like to see one of their own films on the list), I w= ould combine the LOC with the magazine's Sight and Sound polls done every 10= years (
http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/topten/index.html ) and the Bri= tish Film Institute's National Film Theatre Essential 400 list ( http://www.bfi.org.uk/
) that's on their=20= website to come up with a master list that you might like to narrow down you= rself.

Facets is also doing a top ten list of many people including directors, libr= arians, even (GASP!) middle-aged film distributors, that should be published= soon.

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
Fax: (201) 767-3035
Email: milefilms@aol.com
www.milestonefilms.com
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