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by Sam Juliano

The summer has been rushing by at seemingly breakneck speed, and September begins on Wednesday.  We are in the same place now where we have been for the past several weeks.  Uncertainty, caution and booster shots are all part of the discussion and those returning to their school positions are on pins and needles, hoping closures won’t be enacted shortly after the openings.

I am still waiting on my artist to complete the cover and spine for my first novel Paradise Atop the Hudson, which hopefully will officially publish on Amazon before the end of September.  I recently resumed writing my second novel  Irish Jesus in Fairview, which is three-quarters complete, though I will wait until around Christmas or early January to publish it.  Thanks again to Valerie Clark, who has read the entire first novel and all my completed chapters for the second, and has offered up glowing commentary and unabated enthusiasm.  My planned book on Allan Fish will follow.

Many thanks to the many people who cast ballots on our Top 100 British polling.  Each was a treasure to receive. The results have been posted on FB and are duplicated on this thread.  Voting Tabulator Bill Kamberger reported a multi-film tie for the final positions, making for a Too 113.  This is great news for film lovers who were loathe to see some favorites unrepresented. Bill disclosed that the celebrated team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger placed nine (9) films in the Top 113 (the final number of films in our ultimate British list included a a bevy of movies tied for the final spot). An incredible 311 films were “nominated” and the 60s and 40s as expected were the big decades for British cinema. 67 ballots were cast!!!!  (The next poll will be on Russian/Soviet Cinema), and voters are free to cast their Top 20 when they are READY on this thread!

STATS
63 complete ballots, 4 partial
311 films nominated
113 films will make the list (thanks to a large tie at the end)
FILMS BY DECADE
1920s – 1
1930s – 5
1940s – 23
1950s – 12
1960s – 27
1970s – 11
1980s – 12
1990s – 11
2000s – 4
2010s – 7
MOST POPULAR DIRECTORS
Michael Powell – 9 (7 with Emeric Pressburger)
David Lean – 6
Mike Leigh – 6
Carol Reed – 6
James Ivory – 4
Tony Richardson – 4
Alfred Hitchcock – 3
Stanley Kubrick – 3
Alexander Mackendrick – 3
Laurence Olivier – 3
Top 113 British Films!

1.      The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949) – 490

2.      Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962) – 323.5

3.      2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) – 321.5

4.      Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949) – 286

5.      Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945) – 275

6.      Kes (Ken Loach, 1969) – 264.5

7.      Black Narcissus (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1947) – 239

8.      The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1948) – 233.5

9.      A Hard Day’s Night (Richard Lester, 1964) – 223.5 (more…)

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