Here I go again, sharing some of my life with you. This time it’s to give you some information about the film industry with which I’ve been involved since 2002/3.

American Movies
The American Film Institute’s Top 100 Funniest Films was announced 20 years ago (in June 2000). The films were chosen by a panel of 1,800 people in the movie industry from a list of 500 movies compiled by the Institute.

Please click here for details. In the meanwhile, here are the top 10 films up to the year 2000 – you might be surprised at some of the selections:

1.   Some Like It Hot (1959)

2.   Tootsie (1982)

3.   Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)

4.   Annie Hall (1977)

5.   Duck Soup (1933)

6.   Blazing Saddles (1974)

7.   M*A*S*H (1970)

8.   It Happened One Night (1934)

9.   The Graduate (1967)

10. Airplane (1980)

British Films
Not to be outdone, the British Film Institute published its own list (the Top 100 British movies from 1935-1998):

Here are the top 10 up to 2000:

1.   The Third Man,” 1949

2.   “Brief Encounter,” 1945

3.   “Lawrence of Arabia,” 1962

4.   “The 39 Steps,” 1935

5.   “Great Expectations,” 1946

6.   “Kind Hearts and Coronets,” 1946

7.   “Kes,” 1969

8.   “Don’t Look Now,” 1973

9.   “The Red Shoes,” 1948

10. “Trainspotting,” 1996

Top Film Quotes etc (BBC Online)
The unflappable secret agent 007 would keep his cool over the news that his immortal line “Bond, James Bond” has been judged the top film quote of all time. The line, first spoken by Sean Connery in his debut Bond adventure Dr No, in 1962, beats one-liners from Mae West, Humphrey Bogart and Robert De Niro in a list drawn up by film experts. It was put together to tie in with the publication of the new Guinness Book of Film which provides details of 1,000 great movies. The company I helped from a fledgling start in the early 2000s (Movision Entertainment Limited) worked with Mr De Niro in Bridge of San Luis Rey, with F. Murray Abraham, Kathy Bates and Harvey Keitel. Movision made several fine films including The Statement with Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton and Jeremy Northam. Perhaps the best known film we produced was The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes.

Anyway, I digress, sorry, back to film quotes – a panel of 10 critics and experts used their combined film knowledge to draw up a top ten of the most memorable comments from 71 years of talkies, heralded by Al Jolson’s “Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain’t heard nothing yet” in The Jazz Singer.  The panel judged vintage scripts to have plenty of staying power with six of the 10 drawn from the first 15 years of the genre. Beyond that there is only one taken from each of the more recent decades: the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Of course, many of the lines most often repeated over the years have been misquotes. Film buffs will know that Humphrey Bogart never actually said “Play it again, Sam” in Casablanca, but instead “Play it” and “Play it Sam”.  Nor did Clint Eastwood say the word “punk” in his famous Dirty Harry line “Go ahead, make my day”.

The top ten film quotes of all time have been judged to be:

1.   “Bond, James Bond.” – Sean Connery, Dr No (1962).

2.   “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” – Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca (1942).

3.   “It’s not the men in your life that counts, it’s the life in your men.” – Mae West, I’m No Angel (1933)

4.   “I’ll be back.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator (1984).

5.   “Would you be shocked if I changed into something more comfortable?” – Jean Harlow, Hell’s Angels (1930).

6.   “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.” – Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (1994).

7.   “I could dance with you ’til the cows come home. On second thoughts, I’d rather dance with the cows ’til you came home.” – Groucho Marx, Duck Soup (1933).

8.   “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” – Clark Gable, Gone With The Wind (1939).

9.   “You talkin’ to me?” – Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver (1976).

10. “Gimme a visky with ginger ale on the side – and don’t be stinchy, beby.” – Greta Garbo, Anna Christie (1930).

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