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100 Years at the Movies (1994)

Commemorates the centennial of American movies with a montage of clips and music scores from the most important movies of the century.

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The first commercially available movie in the United States aired on Broadway in New York City on April 14, 1894. The footage shown there was viewed through a narrow slot in a former shoe store. This short film celebrates the first 100 years of American movies from that time. With certain themes often tying them together, clips from landmark American movies are shown in somewhat chronological order, the clips played over an orchestral score, which is often itself based on landmark movie scores. Seventeen movies are specially mentioned, these seventeen perhaps not the best or most influential movies, but rather ones that provide insight to movies from that era. Written by Huggo

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Chuck Workman also directed the similar short Precious Images (1986). See more »

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Turner Entertainment gratefully acknowledges the distributors, production organizations, labor organizations, and the many individuals whose talent and gracious assistance made this 100th Anniversary celebration possible. See more »

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Features Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

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Citizen Kane: Snow Picture
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Composed by Bernard Herrmann
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Maddening
7 September 2017 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

After all the glowing reviews, I guess I'm a contrarian, but I found the 8-minutes maddening. But what's to be expected from 10 decades of movies crammed into the space of a TV commercial. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't anything that literal. Each entry gets the space of an eye-blink, and while that's still enough to label some icons (Maltese Falcon; Public Enemy, et al.), the overall effect can be frustrating. I'm not sure what the producers at TCM had in mind, but maybe the best way to take it is as a flash card test on steroids.


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