Some of the names of the greatest films of all time, according to the British Film Institute, include ���Citizen Kane,��� ���2001: A Space Odyssey��� and ���8 ��.��� The films all rank highly on surveys of film critics, scholars and directors.Continue Reading
Orson Welles wrote, directed and starred in ���Citizen Kane,��� a fictionalized account of the life of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. Released in 1941, the film broke new ground in terms of narrative, camera techniques and use of dialogue. ���Citizen Kane��� uses a mix of non-linear storytelling and unconventional camera angles to tell the story of the corrupting effects of power and wealth.
Based on the science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke, ���2001: A Space Odyssey��� is director Stanley Kubrick���s magnum opus, a chilling tale of technology run amok. The film���s iconic opening sequence, which juxtaposes primitive apes discovering tools with futuristic space travel, is one of the most recognizable in modern cinema, indicating Kubrick���s obsession with the frightening potential of technology. ���2001��� offers a highly aestheticized take on humankind���s insignificance in the face of its own creations.
Italian auteur Federico Fellini took his own writer���s block and channeled it into artistic greatness for 1963���s ���8 ��,��� the loosely autobiographical story of a famous film director struggling to complete a new picture. Disjointed, surrealistic and highly self-referential, Fellini���s most respected film is particularly popular with other directors.Learn more about Art & Literature