Power of Story Send a Tweet        
OpEdNews Op Eds

America: Best at Everything including Movies (?)

By       Message Rafe Pilgrim       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H4 9/3/17

Author 42314

From flickr.com: Dr. Strangelove {MID-157994}
Dr. Strangelove
(Image by flickr.com)
  Permission   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -

Re: http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/50-greatest-films-all-time....this on the net from apparently over 800 of America's "most respected film critics

Turns out to be mostly the traditional American big box office trash flics, but I was a bit encouraged that "Whiplash" made it toward the bottom of the list -- but a quite worthy small film that I stumbled upon despite its minimal publicity. Also, Dr. Strangelove" made it -- though not on my all-time-all-nations' top 50 list, certainly on my top 50 list of American flics.

And that's the crux of the problem here: Americans narrowing the greatest of anything to be the greatest of only American stuff. We have the same criteria self-imposed on our political judgment: the greatest country, greatest system, greatest leadership, etc, etc. A political example: our current choice of the ego-maniacal, rhetorically challenged bizarre egocentric we chose to sleep next to the "red phone" that can summon the slaughter of millions at 3 a.m. or any time the impulse strikes him.

OK, back to the flics: Where were the actually great classics? Where were the Fellini's, the Bergman's, the Resnais', the Eisenstein's, and Kurosawa's. etc., etc. (Kurosawa's "The "Seven Samurai," my top all-timer, but don't be embarrassed if you never heard of it, because it's lamentably not the the choice of America's box office and TV masters.)

- Advertisement -

You may be prompted to suppose that such as this comes comes from a generally unAmerican perspective. But that's not so. I choose to live here, I am grateful that my Norwegian grandparents immigrated here, I am impressed by America's bountiful resources, but not particularly impressed by how we've decided to share them amongst our own population, nor by our predilection for war -- nor by our narrow perspective on "great" cinema.

.

(Article changed on September 3, 2017 at 22:24)

- Advertisement -

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Leaving behind a treacherous government now addicted to perpetual war, its limitlessly greedy and power-lusting masters, as well as the retarded albeit smirky Republicans and their evermore clonish Democrat colleagues, a braindead electorate (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Military to Police American Civilians!?

Hillary Insufficiently Lesser-Evil

Republican-Democrat Inc. vs the People

The Mass Atrocities We Allow and Pay For

Beware the Lesser-Evil-Choice Canard

Facts or Fiction on the Wall Street Occupation