So here is the list I have been desperately trying to complete last few years and it’s safe to say it has taken over my life a bit; every Sunday night I routinely search the Sky Planner schedule for the next few weeks in hope to record a film that I haven’t seen on my list. This week I haven’t been so vigilant – two films I have been looking forward to watch came on U.K. television this week and I missed them – ‘The Philadelphia story’ (#51 ’98, #44 ’07) and ‘North by Northwest’ (#40 ‘98, #55 ‘07) both staring my favourite classic Hollywood actor Cary Grant. I’m kicking myself!
Last night just before I prepared myself for the day ahead and after hours of flicking in between forgettable television shows I saw the movie I have been anticipating to watch ever since I started this damn challenge, but I was 20 minutes too late and there was no later showing on BBC4 for one of Hitchcock’s greatest triumphs – it looked so good and had the thrill factor of a James Bond film but the sophistication only the master of suspense could bring, but I refused to carry on watching as I hadn’t seen it from the start – which is a criteria I try to adhere to when completing this task. So I reluctantly turned my TV off and complained to anyone who would listen to me before going to bed.
Well at least I still have ‘The Searchers’ (#96, #12) recorded on my Sky Box – although I’m not as excited about seeing a Western staring John Wayne – but then again it jumped a whopping 84 places on the 2007 list which means it might like fine wine – better the more times you watch it. I must sit down and have a go soon before someone at home deletes the recording.
In the meantime I’ll just watch the trailer for ‘North by Northwest’ and ‘The Philadelphia Story’ again. The aeroplane scene in ‘North by Northwest’ is perhaps the most iconic image in cinema history!
Do you agree? Or do you think the ‘I’m king of the world’ scene in Titanic is more memorable or maybe Monroe’s dress scene in ‘The Seven year Itch’?