The New Edition
A new edition of ”1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” is out as I think most readers of this blog is already aware of. That has a bit of an impact on this page as well.
First of all around 50 new movies were added. I skimmed the list and some look interesting, some look bland and already I get the impression we got a few of “How-the-hell-did-that-one-make-the-list?” entries. Meanwhile I am looking in vain for a number of my favorite films. Ah, well.
For the first time a revision does not simply add a bunch of films to the rear part of the list, the end which will only be a concern for me in some 15+ years from now, but sprinkle the goodies all over chronology. That means that they actually thought it over this time, but it also mean I will have to go back a bit.
I have been playing catch up on the first 113 films on the List. That was where I started the blog. The next review of “La Grande Illusion” was to finally close that gap. Now I will have to postpone the party as another 10 movies has appeared in the gap. But I am not complaining. We got some very interesting stuff there. Finally a Valentino movie, how on Earth did that miss the first 9 editions? There is a film about the expeditions to Antarctica and my mouth is already watering (or frozen overJ) and “The Lady Vanishes” is there as well, a Hitchcock film I cannot wait to see.
So in the coming weeks I will continue my alternation between progressing chronologically and filling the gap.
A less pleasant consequence of a new list is that I need to update my own list. Chip Lary (thanks, man) has done a great job compiling the new list, but without getting into technicalities a combination of trying to keep my hyperlinks, Blogspot’s ridiculous formatting capabilities and a totally inadequate upload speed from my home office means that my list ended up butt ugly. I have been cursing it for the last 30 hours, but it will have to do until I get to a better connection so I can upload the list in one go. I apologize, but promise it will only be for the next 3 weeks.
With a new English edition out I tried to find out what will happen in the Danish edition. Well, there will not be any. In fact it looks as if my book was the only edition ever released. I was a bit surprised to learn that and I still find it hard to believe, but at least it makes it easy for me to compile a list of Danish additions.
Anyway, plenty of interesting movies coming up.