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Screen grab from Steven Spielberg’s 1982 “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” shown at Film Forum on Sunday as part of four-week Universal 100 Years Festival, running till August 9th.

by Sam Juliano

The comedy countdown will officially commence on Monday, August 6th with an essay on No. 100 by Sydney native and WitD alumni Tony d’Ambra.  Voting Tabulator Extraordinaire Angelo A. D’Arminio Jr. forwarded the final results of the Top 100 over the past week, and the listing and numbers were then e mailed to all those who cast ballots or were part of the e mail chain that also included a few who passed on voting but will still write essays.  With 100 essays scheduled to be published in reverse order all the way up to the Number 1 selection, the project will run until the third week in December.  As stated in previous posts, the countdown will not appear on Saturdays or Sundays.  A wide array of writers have volunteered to take the reigns in what will certainly be the most auspicious project ever attempted at the site, and one that will require a herculean effort by all those involved, not to mention a long hold on one’s attention spans through the fall and holiday season.  Those penning pieces include the aforementioned d’Ambra, Pat Perry, Judy Geater, Roderick Heath, Marilyn Ferdinand, Ed Howard, Jon Warner, Brandie Ashe, Jamie Uhler, John Greco, Maurizio Roca, Jaimie Grijalba, Dennis Polifroni, Richard ‘R.D.’ Finch, Sachin Gandhi, Allan Fish, Shubhajit Laheri, Bob Clark,  Joel Bocko, Dean Treadway, J.D.,  Jim Clark, David Schleicher, Mark Smith, Pedro Silva and Sam Juliano for a grand total of 26 writers, with most handling multiple assignments.  It is understood that some individuals who did cast ballots could not quite commit to writing during this busy summer season, but to all of them I extend my deepest gratitude for all you have done.

In Manhattan the ‘Universal 100th Anniversary Festival’ commenced this past Friday and will run for four weeks, taking in 72 films, with a number of double and even triple features on the schedule.  The big rarity is Clarence Brown’s 1925 silent The Goose Woman, scheduled to screen on Tuesday, July 24th with piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner.  The line-up includes a few silents, the Universal monsters, Douglas Sirk, Robert Siodmak, Alfred Hitchcock, William Wyler, James Whale, Robert Mulligan, Anthony Mann, Fritz Lang, the Coens, Michael Cimino, Jules Dassin, Spike Lee, Frank Borzage and a wide array of more contemporary studio releases. (more…)

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