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Amanda Schultz

Request: Cover the Sight & Sound 50 Next?

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I recently discovered this podcast and was instantly hooked. I know we're just over 30% into the AFI list, but to paraphrase The Simpsons, I'm worried about the episode supply: after these 35 episodes, and the next 35 episodes, there's only 30 episodes left.

So I already want to advocate for Unspooled to tackle the BFI Sight and Sound Top 50 next. For me, that's the definitive list of the greatest movies (at least much more than the AFI 100). It'd be great to hear Paul and Amy get into some international movies, and I'd be happy to donate a 50-sided die for the cause.

 

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One natural continuation would be to cover the films from the 1998 AFI list that weren't on the 2007 list.

But yes, I'd love for them to do the BFI list if the podcast is to continue.

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I still think they should go through that full 400-film AFI ballot from which the top-100 were chosen, but yea some international stuff would be quite welcome on my end

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Sure, I'm all for them covering the AFI also-rans. But my feeling is that if Unspooled's mission to watch the all-time greats, the AFI list (or even a list of every American film ever made) barely scratches the surface. The BFI list isn't perfect, but I think it's much more representative of what cinema is — the podcast just doesn't seem complete without at least one dour movie from Sweden and a movie where a baby carriage goes down a flight of stairs. 

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Hmm, are there any well-recognized lists that aren’t limited to being from one country? Or is the BFI list not done in the AFI’s “Any movie even arguably from our country” standard?

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2 hours ago, CaptainAmazing said:

Hmm, are there any well-recognized lists that aren’t limited to being from one country? Or is the BFI list not done in the AFI’s “Any movie even arguably from our country” standard?

The BFI Sight & Sounds poll precedes the AFI's by a number of decades.

Just looking at their top 10 should answer your question about all the films being from a single country.

https://www.bfi.org.uk/news/50-greatest-films-all-time

Their ballot also didn't restrict people to choose from a small set (400) of films either.

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If they do the BFI list, I am going to wonder how many people are going to be on board to watch a 9 1/2 hour Holocaust documentary.

 

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