In his most recent book, Essential Cinema, Chicago Reader film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum outlined 1000 films that, in his opinion, form a canon of cinema.
Although I highly doubt that it is possible to copyright a list of previously copyrighted titles, I’ll simply link to it in the interest of saving space.
I am currently in the middle of the arduous process of uploading all of the films to my My Movies at the IMDb, and I wondered what everyone else thinks of this list.
Overall it is a cosmopolitan and well researched list, grounded in the classics, but as Rosenbaum delights in, including obscure but brilliant titles. Challenging and unorthodox films are what Rosenbaum typically champions in response to the gradual dumbing down of the American film culture.
A few things do bother me, however. Notable omissions include Gates Of Heaven, some of Bergman’s more well-known works (being familiar is no reason to omit a deserving film, IMO) and Harold Lloyd. Keaton and Chaplin can kiss my ass as far as silent comedy is concerned, with respect to Lloyd.
I do appreciate the inclusion of several underrated Russians, Kuleshov, Pudovkin, etc. as well as the more common Dovzhenko films. I would definitely liked to have seen more pre-1910 shorts, though. Love, Actually makes the list, but only two pre-feature shorts are deserving of inclusion?
What do the teeming millions think?