Saturday, June 18, 2011

Classic Double Feature on a Saturday: Retrospective Lives

A double dose of early deaths followed by life stories in this week's Classic Double Feature!

First: The Killers - 1946
Featuring - Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien

Second: Citizen Kane - 1941
Featuring - Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead

Theme: Sometimes you only understand the pitfalls of a man's life until after he's lived it.

Noteworthy Accolades:
13 Oscar Nominations - Nine for Citizen Kane (1 Win - Best Writing, Original Screenplay), Four for The Killers
I'm Still Standing Award - Despite being the focal point of overrated rants by roughly 50% of bloggers, Citizen Kane still remains widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. In other words, nana boo boo :P.
Is it steamy in here? - Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner just standing next to one another would melt glaciers.

Univarn's Ratings:
The Killers - 8.00/10
Citizen Kane - 10/10

3 better thoughts:

Anonymous said...

Citizen Kane is such a fun film to watch. And yea, most people spend far too much time talking about how it's overrated and not enough time talking about the actual movie.

Shubhajit said...

Ah, two great films. Personally I preferred The Killers though; in fact this ranks not just among my favourite film noirs, but also among my favourite movies. As for Citizen Kane, I liked it, but still am at a loss as to what makes to claim pole position in nearly every list on "Greatest Films Ever Made" that I've come across - and that too by some distance. In fact where Orson Welles' filmography goes, I'd rate his Touch of Evil higher than Citizen Kane. I do consider Kane as a very good movie, no doubts about that whatsoever, its just that in my humble opinion there have been better movies than this. Therefore, my ratings of the 2 films would be reverse of yours.

Duke said...

I own "Citizen Kane" ... still need to watch it.

Sorry, Ryan :D

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