Skip to comments.Whither Frodo and Jesus?
Posted on 06/21/2006 6:18:30 AM PDT by rhema
How could the American Film Institute have missed The Return of the King when picking its list of the 100 Most Inspiring Films of All Time? And not a single movie about Jesus? What's up with THAT?
Last week, the American Film Institute posted its list of the 100 Most Inspiring Films of All Time. It's a good list, especially with It's a Wonderful Life and To Kill a Mockingbird occupying the top two spots. Rocky, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Breaking Away are all in the top 10. Very nice.
But like all such lists, it's certainly open to criticism. My first gripe is specific enough: Where in the world is The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King? If that's not one of the 100 Most Inspiring Films of All Time, then I'll be a hobbit's uncle.
If Gandalf doesn't inspire, then who does?
At first I thought the omission was because the film isn't "American." It was primarily made in New Zealand by a Kiwi director (Peter Jackson), and the AFI criteria state that qualifying films must have "significant creative and/or production elements from the United States." But then I checked the list of 300 nominees from which the AFI culled its winners, and the first LOTR film, The Fellowship of the Ring, is a nominee (though it didn't make the top 100).
So, evidently, the LOTR films were eligible after allbut The Return of the King didn't even make the list of nominees. So, the AFI doesn't even count it as one of the three hundred most inspiring films in history!
How could they have missed it?
Were they not inspired when Gandalf comforts a frightened Pippin during the siege of Minas Tirith, telling the young hobbit about a glorious heaven that
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There's some real clunker's on that list too: I would even argue with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD so highly rated. SCHLINDER'S LIST? Sure, it's 'inspiring' if you can make it through three hours of wanton slaughter, which I have been able to do just once. Then one of my personal favorite's COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER way down in the seventies.
I don't agree with a lot of the films lsited. But Chariots of Fire did make it, even if it is 100. It was a great film. And I agree with the author here--The Lord of the Rings is a GREAT trilogy!
OK - I just went back and looked again, and THELMA AND LOUISE, a pointless movie about two particularly stupid and annoying women, is on the list. Enough said.
Hm; not sure what "Jesus movie" I'd nominate. Most of them, ah... aren't really good. Maybe The Gospel of John? or The Gospel of Matthew?
And "The Wizard of Oz"?? I guess we know what that's inspired...
I'm guessing, that not everyone thinks the same.
I don't have a problem with The Wizard of Oz... I know people who love it. I think the concept of giving people 'courage' or a 'heart' they think they don't have, and making them believe they do, is a good one. But the movie always bored me. ~shrugs~
I despise that movie. Words can't describe what I think of it.
Ben-Hur was very religiously themed and had a scene with Jesus. Not a movie ABOUT Jesus, no, but...
Also, The Ten Commandments made the list. At least it isn't an entirely Godless.
Me too! I wanted to see those women die. Far earlier than they did. Those women weren't rebels, they were just stupid! :~D
I find this shocking but not suprising the way the world seems to be heading.
Ah - I had said Ten Commandments wasn't there... I missed it... at 79.
Chariots of Fire was #100. Way too low for that movie.