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FLM 104 — The Ten Best Films of All Time: The Picks of 800 Critics

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Dec 4
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Units: 2
Tuition: $480
Instructor(s): Jonathan Crow
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 20
6:30—9:00 pm
Sep 25—Dec 4
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
2 Units
Jonathan Crow
Please Note: No class on November 20
Since 1952, Sight and Sound magazine has been conducting a decennial poll on what are the best films of all time. While taste is subjective, the list, compiled from the opinions of over 800 critics from around the world (including many influential directors), has become a respected barometer for critical consensus. This course will explore in depth the top ten films from the most recent poll, held in 2012. Alfred Hitchcock’s perverse thriller Vertigo came in number one, edging out Orson Welles’s audacious debut Citizen Kane, a film that had won the top spot in the poll for a half-century. The rest of the top ten includes Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story, Jean Renoir’s Rules of the Game, F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, John Ford’s The Searchers, Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc, and Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2. Taken as a whole, these ten diverse masterpieces show the range and power of film, the most important and influential art form of the 20th century. Students in this course will learn about the history, production, and artistry of each film and come away understanding why these movies are considered the greatest.

Jonathan Crow, Writer; Filmmaker

Jonathan Crow has worked in film production in Hollywood and Japan and has taught film at the University of Michigan and the New York Film Academy. He has also written about cinema for Yahoo Movies, The Hollywood Reporter, Open Culture, and other publications. He received an MFA in film/video from the California Institute of the Arts and an MA in Japanese studies from the University of Michigan.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.