It’s the Sunday Showdown: continuing my comparison of the American Film Institute’s and Internet Movie Database’s Top 100 films.
This week, #82: Amadeus vs. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans.
Amadeus. Hmmm… What is there to say about the film telling the life story of Mozart? For the original 1998 AFI list, Amadeus was #53. But Amadeus was one of the 23 films that completely dropped off when the AFI list was updated in 2008. (Of those 23, only Amadeus and The Third Man are on the IMDb list.) I’m not surprised it dropped off. It’s really one of those films that the story is great, but the movie is only good. I liked it as a period piece, but for me it still had that 1980s feel to it for some reason.
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans has been called the Citizen Kane of silent films. I can see why. For a film made in 1927 it had some pretty groundbreaking cinematography. It was directed by the German Expressionist director F.W. Murnau, but filmed in America (therefore eligible to be on the AFI list – no foreign films for that list). It won an Oscar for “Unique Artistic Presentation” at the first ever Academy Awards.
I had no difficulty choosing Sunrise over Amadeus. I think IMDb should take a hint from the AFI list and get rid of Amadeus completely. It’s not a top 100 film.
So the score: AFI – 13, IMDb – 6.
Next week Spartacus (More Kubrick!?!) vs. All About Eve. Never seen either. Not really looking forward to the three hour Spartacus epic. Four of my last six movies have been 3+ hours in length. And Easy Rider, which was only an hour and a half, but felt like three hours.