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Roger Ebert’s Ten Greatest Films of All Time

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Reading a series of Roger Ebert reviews in 2010 made me realize for the first time that film critics aren’t just people who tell us what to watch and what not to watch at the movie theaters but they are artists in their own right. They interpret films in ways, others can’t. He would have turned 75 today, here are Roger Ebert’s Ten Greatest Films of All Time:

Casablanca [1942]

“After seeing this film many times, I think I finally understand why I love it so much. It’s not because of the romance, or the humor, or the intrigue, although those elements are masterful. It’s because it makes me proud of the characters.”




Citizen Kane [1941]

“Few films are more complex or show more breathtaking skill at moving from one level to another. This film, which is routinely named the best film of all time, almost by default, in list after list. Maybe it is. It’s some movie.”




Floating Weeds [1959]

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“Floating Weeds,” like many of his films, is deceptively simple. It tells of a troupe of traveling actors who return to an isolated village where their leader left a woman behind many years ago and, we discover, he also left a son.”




Gates of Heaven [1978]

“Made in the late 1970s by Errol Morris, it would appear to be a documentary about some people involved in a couple of pet cemeteries in Northern California. But Morris is not concerned with his apparent subject. He has made a film about life and death, pride, and shame, deception and betrayal.”




La Dolce Vita [1960]

“Fellini’s 1960 film has grown passe in some circles, I’m afraid, but I love it more than ever. Simply look at Fellini’s ballet of movement and sound, the graceful way he choreographs the camera, the way the actors move. He never made a more “Felliniesque” film, or a better one.”




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