‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Tops Cinematographers’ List of Milestone Films

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08 Jan 2019 |  Carolyn Giardina | Hollywood Reporter

Lawrence of Arabia, David Lean’s 1962 epic lensed by the late Freddie Young, has topped a list of milestone films in the art and craft of cinematography of the 20th century, as selected by members of the American Society of Cinematographers.

The release of the list kicks off the commemoration of the society’s Centennial, which will be celebrated throughout 2019.

Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, lensed by the late Jordan Cronenweth, and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 war film Apocalypse Now, shot by Vittorio Storaro, round out the top three films on the list.

Storaro’s work on Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist is also in the top 10. Others include the lateGregg Toland’s work on Orson Welles’ classic Citizen Kane and Owen Roizman’s lensing of The French Connection.

The top 10 films are listed below, followed by a complete list of 100 films where the additional 90 titles are unranked as society members “wanted to call attention to the most significant achievements of the cinematographer’s art but not refer to one achievement as ‘better’ than another.”

Also on Tuesday, the City of Los Angeles will recognize ASC’s 100th anniversary with a proclamation, which is scheduled to be presented by City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell at the ASC’s historic Hollywood clubhouse.

ASC members including president Kees van Oostrum and Centennial committee chair and past president Richard Crudo will also unveil a 100th anniversary seal at the building’s courtyard. A members-only reception and dinner will follow.

The top 10 films are:

  • 1.    Lawrence of Arabia (1962), shot by Freddie Young, BSC (Dir. David Lean)
  • 2.    Blade Runner (1982), shot by Jordan Cronenweth, ASC (Dir. Ridley Scott)
  • 3.    Apocalypse Now ( 1979), shot by Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC (Dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
  • 4.    Citizen Kane (1941), shot by Gregg Toland, ASC (Dir. Orson Wells)
  • 5.    The Godfather (1972), shot by Gordon Willis, ASC (Dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
  • 6.    Raging Bull (1980), shot by Michael Chapman, ASC (Dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • 7.    The Conformist (1970), shot by Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC (Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci)
  • 8.    Days of Heaven (1978), shot by Nestor Almendros, ASC (Dir. Terrence Malick)
  • 9.    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), shot by Geoffrey Unsworth, BSC with additional photography by John Alcott, BSC (Dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  • 10.  The French Connection (1971), shot by Owen Roizman, ASC (Dir. William Friedkin)
  • And here’s the full list of the ASC’s top cinematography of the 20th century:
  • 1927 Metropolis
  • 1927 Napoleon
  • 1927 Sunrise
  • 1939 Gone With the Wind
  • 1939 The Wizard of Oz
  • 1940 The Grapes of Wrath
  • 1941 Citizen Kane
  • 1941 How Green Was My Valley
  • 1942 Casablanca
  • 1942 The Magnificent Ambersons
  • 1947 Black Narcissus
  • 1948 The Bicycle Thief
  • 1948 The Red Shoes
  • 1949 The Third Man
  • 1950 Rashomon
  • 1950 Sunset Boulevard
  • 1954 On the Waterfront
  • 1954 Seven Samurai
  • 1955 The Night of the Hunter
  • 1956 The Searchers
  • 1957 Bridge on the River Kwai
  • 1958 Touch of Evil
  • 1958 Vertigo
  • 1960 Breathless
  • 1961 Last Year at Marienbad
  • 1962 Lawrence of Arabia
  • 1963 8 1⁄2
  • 1963 Hud
  • 1964 Dr. Strangelove
  • 1964 I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba)
  • 1965 Doctor Zhivago
  • 1966 The Battle of Algiers
  • 1966 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • 1967 Cool Hand Luke
  • 1967 The Graduate
  • 1967 In Cold Blood
  • 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 1968 Once Upon a Time in the West
  • 1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • 1969 Wild Bunch
  • 1970 The Conformist
  • 1971 A Clockwork Orange
  • 1971 The French Connection 
  • 1971 Klute
  • 1971 The Last Picture Show
  • 1971 McCabe and Mrs. Miller
  • 1972 Cabaret
  • 1972 The Godfather
  • 1972 Last Tango in Paris
  • 1973 The Exorcist
  • 1974 Chinatown
  • 1974 The Godfather: Part II
  • 1975 Barry Lyndon
  • 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • 1976 All the President’s Men
  • 1976 Bound for Glory
  • 1976 Taxi Driver
  • 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • 1977 The Duellists
  • 1978 Days of Heaven
  • 1978 The Deer Hunter
  • 1979 Alien
  • 1979 All That Jazz
  • 1979 Apocalypse Now
  • 1979 Being There
  • 1979 The Black Stallion
  • 1979 Manhattan
  • 1980 Raging Bull
  • 1980 The Shining
  • 1981 Chariots of Fire
  • 1981 Das Boot
  • 1981 Reds
  • 1982 Blade Runner
  • 1982 Fanny and Alexander
  • 1983 The Right Stuff
  • 1984 Amadeus
  • 1984 The Natural
  • 1984 Paris, Texas
  • 1985 Brazil
  • 1986 The Mission
  • 1987 Empire of the Sun
  • 1987 The Last Emperor
  • 1987 Wings of Desire
  • 1988 Mississippi Burning
  • 1991 JFK
  • 1991 Raise the Red Lantern
  • 1992 Unforgiven
  • 1992 Baraka
  • 1993 Schindler’s List
  • 1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer
  • 1993 Trois Couleurs: Bleu
  • 1994 The Shawshank Redemption
  • 1995 Se7en
  • 1996 The English Patient
  • 1997 L. A. Confidential
  • 1998 Saving Private Ryan
  • 1998 The Thin Red Line
  • 1999 American Beauty
  • 1999 The Matrix
  • 2000 In the Mood for Love

 

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