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Our generation can be truly called the film generation. Our modern world having survived quite a few cataclysms like two World Wars, the great Depression   can still be accessed. Lessons from history thanks to it are not forgotten if not really learned. I do not intend to discuss this aspect but rather film as art. For those who consider film as their bread and butter my approach may seem that of a lounge lizard. Nevertheless I am an artist. While I am an amateur in the Seventh Art my life I take in all seriousness to be lackadaisical about this medium. I have pursued it with the monomania associated with a butterfly collector who in order to add to his collection, would pursue one rare specimen to the ends of the earth. I have skipped a 1962 University exam in order to see The Streetcar Named Desire in its last run. For me exams were part of preparing for a career but a film meant much more. Like the doomed heroine Blanche I pursued the magic of art in life in whatever form I could distil, amateur or not.

Art in its essence is man’s touch with reality of his world that has more than one point of view. Palaeolithic art of a running horse discovered in Lascaux or a Bison charging (Altamira) are examples where his touch with reality forces him to fix the physical aspect of what makes up his world; in order to succeed in hunting a bison for instance, he needed an accurate knowledge of it as well as to capture its spirit by magic as it were. A filmmaker as an artist does in essentials the same as his stone-age ancestor. He works as a chronicler of his world in which his point of view may take several positions: his world vision licked into shape by life experience and also his role as a translator of the spirit of his age. Of the second let me merely say film art gets its force from that spirit of his age one of which is technology. Technology has made development of film possible but the basic principles of film, remains the same. Modern art for example did not change art but allowed the artist another vision. Cubism in the way Picasso demonstrates it, say Demoiselles d’Avignon, is about the genre of painting nudes but its meaning rather extended. His art, his experience of formal kind is clothed with elements of primitive art. A filmmaker similarly experiments in art and his technique may change with the help of technology as we see films of today. What with the electronic age is not Neo-Realism of Rossellini of Vittorio de Sica as dead as a Dodo? As Stanley Kauffman says in his essay on The Film Generation (A World on Film-the New republic) a film ‘has its roots –of content and method-in older arts. yet it is very much less entailed by the past than these arts.’

Reel Life is a movie list as a collection of 120 best films chosen from world Cinema with a preponderance for American and European films. There are a few Japanese and Russian films, which I am familiar with. There are equally significant films from many other countries but here again it is my personal preference dictated the list.

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I am an old man. But don’t get me wrong; it calls for a celebration of sorts. This present book of movie list is the summing up of my lifelong fascination with films. Many passions that convulsed me from time to time, I can now recall with a smile, were over-prized and with age I have given their due place as part of learning process. It cannot be without reason the films included in this book hold an abiding interest in me. Movie list is the reel life for me. As I rerun images from films in my mind’s eye I see their significance all the more clearer. My second childhood isn’t a bad thing at all if a worldview could sort it out better.

How do I know it for sure? Of course second time around I do not swallow everything that my eyes see as I had done once. Magic of the movies tempered with life experience makes this phase something to celebrate, explore (of the art behind the medium) and to seek perhaps some aspects that sets Truth in a way I can subscribe to.

Is Truth out of place in a medium that is as contrived as cinema? ‘The Mongrel Muse’ as Raymond Durgnat would call it in his ‘films and feelings’ is a synthesis of arts. If arts do hold any connection to life, in a moral sense or aesthetically, film also must bear relation to Truth. While I watch a film I am fully engrossed and not conscious my being except as a vehicle for various emotions or thoughts, of which I can only vouch for after having experienced them. Somewhat like our dream-state. Life for me, as a moviegoer does not cease but I have absorbed from the experience, a heightened sense of Truth, despite those flickering images so contrived to pass for real.

As a child what made me lap them up and what do I now with a sure sense of purpose are altogether different. So be it.

Much of what is presented in the Reel Life is collated from existing reviews, essays and information provided by others, and I have acknowledged the source wherever I could. However each film bears my worldview and my attitude to life and art. Somewhat like a book packaged from writers whose contributions forms a part but not the whole. My choice of films itself tells its own story. My life experience and its conscious thrust over the material justify my work. In short the book is my reel life.

If the reader should find the List incomplete, I alone am to blame. Out of thousands of films I have merely picked 120 best films that for some reason or other had better claims on me. For example The Blue Angel has been remade in 1959 with Curt Jürgens and May Britt in the roles played by Emil Jannings and Marlene Dietrich. I have chosen the original version of 1930 for the wonderful performance of Emil Jannings. Personal tastes in this case decided what to be included or left out. I hope to follow this up with a second book.

(Selected: My Reel Life/introduction-2014)

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76 “Hasta la vista, baby.” The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
77 “Soylent Green is people!” Det. Robert Thorn Charlton Heston Soylent Green 1973
78 “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Dave Bowman Keir Dullea 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
79 Striker: “Surely you can’t be serious!” Rumack: “I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.” Ted Striker and Dr. Rumack Robert Hays and Leslie Nielsen Airplane! 1980
80 “Yo, Adrian!” Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone Rocky 1976
81 “Hello, gorgeous.” Fanny Brice Barbra Streisand Funny Girl 1968
82 “Toga! Toga!” John “Bluto” Blutarsky John Belushi National Lampoon’s Animal House 1978
83 “Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.” Count Dracula Bela Lugosi Dracula 1931
84 “Oh, no, it wasn’t the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.” (Frequently heard as “… Twas beauty killed the beast”
Carl Denham Robert Armstrong King Kong 1933)
85 “My precious.” Gollum Andy Serkis The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002
86 “Attica! Attica!” Sonny Wortzik Al Pacino Dog Day Afternoon 1975
87 “Sawyer, you’re going out a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!” Julian Marsh Warner Baxter 42nd Street 1933
88 “Listen to me, mister. You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t you forget it. You’re going to get back on that horse, and I’m going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we’re gonna go, go, go!” Ethel Thayer Katharine Hepburn On Golden Pond 1981
89 “Tell ’em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper.” Knute Rockne (This quote is sometimes attributed to Ronald Reagan portraying George Gipp. However, Reagan does not utter the phrase on screen, and the speech is reported by Rockne.
Pat O’Brien Knute Rockne, All American 1940)
90 “Shaken, not stirred.” (Later, “Vodka Martini, Shaken, not Stirred.” In the film You Only Live Twice, accidentally “Stirred, not Shaken.” James Bond Sean Connery] Goldfinger 1964)
91 “Who’s on first?” Dexter Bud Abbott The Naughty Nineties 1945
92 “Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac…It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!!” Carl Spackler Bill Murray Caddyshack 1980
93 “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” Mame Dennis Rosalind Russell Auntie Mame 1958
94 “I feel the need — the need for speed!” Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and Lt. Nick “Goose” Bradshaw Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards Top Gun 1986
95 “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” John Keating Robin Williams Dead Poets Society 1989
96 “Snap out of it!” Loretta Castorini Cher Moonstruck 1987
97 “My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.” George M. Cohan James Cagney Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942
98 “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” Johnny Castle Patrick Swayze Dirty Dancing 1987
99 “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!” Wicked Witch of the West Margaret Hamilton The Wizard of Oz 1939
100 “I’m the king of the world!” Jack Dawson Leonardo DiCaprio Titanic 1997
Note: AFI defines an American film as an English language motion picture with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States. Additionally, only quotations from feature-length American films released before January 1, 2004, were considered. AFI defines a feature-length film as a motion picture of narrative format that is typically over 60 minutes in length.

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51 “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”( Often misquoted as “Do you feel lucky, punk?” Harry Callahan Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry 1971)
52 “You had me at ‘hello’.” Dorothy Boyd Renée Zellweger Jerry Maguire 1996
53 “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.”( Often misquoted as “… How he got in my pajamas I’ll never know.”
Capt. Geoffrey T. Spaulding Groucho Marx Animal Crackers 1930)
54 “There’s no crying in baseball!” Jimmy Dugan Tom Hanks A League of Their Own 1992
55 “La-dee-da, la-dee-da.” Annie Hall Diane Keaton Annie Hall 1977
56 “A boy’s best friend is his mother.” Norman Bates Anthony Perkins Psycho 1960
57 “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” (^ The scene from the film in which this line appears is also excerpted in the movie’s trailer, but in the trailer the sequence is edited so that Gekko’s line occurs as simply “Greed is good.” This shorter version of the line has become more popular – and more widely quoted – than the version in the film.
Gordon Gekko Michael Douglas Wall Street 1987)
58 “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”( This maxim is attributed to several military strategists, notably Sun-tzu, Chinese general.
Michael Corleone Al Pacino The Godfather: Part II 1974)
59 “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.” Scarlett O’Hara Vivien Leigh Gone with the Wind 1939
60 “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” (Often misquoted as “Here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into!”
Oliver Oliver Hardy Sons of the Desert 1933)
61 “Say hello to my little friend!” Tony Montana Al Pacino Scarface 1983
62 “What a dump.”( Although occurring in the 1949 film, this line did not become a widespread catchphrase until after the 1961 premiere of Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. In the opening scene of that play, Martha quotes this line and then (since she has apparently forgotten) she asks George which of Bette Davis’s films it is from.
Rosa Moline Bette Davis Beyond the Forest 1949)
63 “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?”( Often misquoted as “Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs Robinson?”
Benjamin Braddock Dustin Hoffman The Graduate 1967)
64 “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” President Merkin Muffley Peter Sellers Dr. Strangelove 1964
65 “Elementary, my dear Watson.”( This line, which does not appear in any of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, was first said onscreen in The Return of Sherlock Holmes. The line’s first occurrence is in the stage play Sherlock Holmes, written entirely by William Gillette with Doyle’s approval, for which Gilette listed Doyle as co-author.
Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1939)
66 “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!” George Taylor Charlton Heston Planet of the Apes 1968
67 “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Rick Blaine Humphrey Bogart Casablanca 1942
68 “Here’s Johnny!” (An ad-lib. The line, of course, is Ed McMahon’s introduction of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.
Jack Torrance Jack Nicholson The Shining 1980)
69 “They’re here!” Carol Anne Freeling Heather O’Rourke Poltergeist 1982
70 “Is it safe?” Dr. Christian Szell Laurence Olivier Marathon Man 1976
71 “Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” (Ad-libbed after a particularly good take
Jakie Rabinowitz/Jack Robin Al Jolson The Jazz Singer 1927)
72 “No wire hangers, ever!”( Usually misquoted as: “No more wire hangers, ever!”
Joan Crawford Faye Dunaway Mommie Dearest 1981)
73 “Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?” Cesare Enrico “Rico” Bandello Edward G. Robinson Little Caesar 1930
74 “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.” Duffy Joe Mantell Chinatown 1974
75 “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Blanche Dubois Vivien Leigh A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
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Famous Film Quotes-2

26 “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?” Lady Lou Mae West She Done Him Wrong 1933- Usually misquoted as “Why don’t you come up and see me sometime.”
27 “I’m walking here! I’m walking here!”( Sometimes claimed to be an ad lib. “Ratso” Rizzo Dustin Hoffman Midnight Cowboy 1969)
28 “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.” (Usually misquoted as “Play it again, Sam,” which is a Groucho line from the Marx Brothers movie A Night in Casablanca
Ilsa Lund Ingrid Bergman Casablanca 1942)
29 “You can’t handle the truth!” Col. Nathan Jessup Jack Nicholson A Few Good Men 1992
30 “I want to be alone.” Grusinskaya Greta Garbo Grand Hotel 1932
31 “After all, tomorrow is another day!” Scarlett O’Hara Vivien Leigh Gone with the Wind 1939
32 “Round up the usual suspects.” Capt. Louis Renault Claude Rains Casablanca 1942
33 “I’ll have what she’s having.” Customer Estelle Reiner When Harry Met Sally… 1989
34 “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” Marie “Slim” Browning Lauren Bacall To Have and Have Not 1944
35 “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Martin Brody Roy Scheider Jaws 1975
36 “Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!” (Popularly misquoted as “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!”, most likely from Blazing Saddles in which the line was so worded. “Gold Hat” Alfonso Bedoya The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948)
37 “I’ll be back.” The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator 1984
38 “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”( An actual quote from Lou Gehrig’s retirement speech.
Lou Gehrig Gary Cooper The Pride of the Yankees 1942)
39 “If you build it, he will come.” (Often misquoted as “If you build it, they will come.” Shoeless Joe Jackson Ray Liotta (voice) Field of Dreams 1989)
40 “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Forrest Gump Tom Hanks Forrest Gump 1994
41 “We rob banks.” Clyde Barrow Warren Beatty Bonnie and Clyde 1967
42 “Plastics.” Mr. Maguire Walter Brooke The Graduate 1967
43 “We’ll always have Paris.” Rick Blaine Humphrey Bogart Casablanca 1942
44 “I see dead people.” Cole Sear Haley Joel Osment The Sixth Sense 1999
45 “Stella! Hey, Stella!” Stanley Kowalski Marlon Brando A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
46 “Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars.” Charlotte Vale Bette Davis Now, Voyager 1942
47 “Shane. Shane. Come back!” Joey Starrett Brandon De Wilde Shane 1953
48 “Well, nobody’s perfect.” Osgood Fielding III Joe E. Brown Some Like It Hot 1959
49 “It’s alive! It’s alive!” Henry Frankenstein Colin Clive Frankenstein 1931
50 “Houston, we have a problem.”( The line is based on an actual message from Apollo 13. Astronaut Swigert said “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” then Lovell repeated “Houston, we’ve had a problem”. Jim Lovell Tom Hanks Apollo 13 1995)
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