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So i got linked this list today. it is supposedly "rather comprehensive", yet clearly has a contemporary bias (Dr. evil is above Dr. Strangelove).

I do think there are some winners on the list, but i think the order is all ffed up. Granted, I am much more of a bibliophile than cinemaphile, but I see an opportunity here. I delineate strongly between films (those which are truly artistic in nature or effect) and movies (those which are there for entertainment purposes). There are a few who walk back and forth between the two, but most tend to fall one way or another for me by the end (a movie with artistic aspirations, or the other way around).

The point is, regardless of how you frame a piece of cinema, it can be populated with incredible characters (Norman Bates), or mediocre characters played by fantastic actors (Obi Wan Kenobi a la Alec Guinness). Genres are really not important here - the power of the character as they come to life through the film (and the actor) is what is key. Does the character you are nominating for your top 10 really live in your mind past your memories of the details of the film? That is my criteria for "greatness".

What I propose is this: scope the list linked above, think about your movie going career, then fill your top 10 into the poll. I wonder if any characters will come up in common (ranking will be a separate issue) amongst those who participate? Remember, cinema has been around a long time, so there is a big body of work to play with, but. At the same time however, the question really only applies to movies you have seen, so if you are not a big "old" movie buff, then you may find yourself nominating Jesse Richmond from "Dude, Where's my Car?" (and yes, i did have to IMDB that) over, say Professor Julius Kelp in the original "The Nutty Professor" (I think the roles are comparable in dramatic impact, neither will be on my list).

Lastly, link this around, and back up your picks in comments. I will have some future posts following up on this if it manages to get some input from the internetting public out there.

Happy Thursday.

Top 10 movie characters of cinematic history (entries should be Character Name, Film Name):

Character Name, Movie Name

Character Name, Movie Name

Character Name, Movie Name

Character Name, Movie Name

Character Name, Movie Name

Character Name, Movie Name

Character Name, Movie Name

Character Name, Movie Name

Character Name, Movie Name

Character Name, Movie Name

EDIT: I was collecting in a poll for people's input ease, with intentions of reposting them all later when it came to rating things. If you wanan discuss now though, post them in a comment off the poll. Tx to chellez for de idear.


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May. 6th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC)
thats good ie man......that will take me some time though....i have seen prob just as many movies as you have....its one hell of a list to break down
May. 6th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
Re: List of Characters/Movies
10. Annie Savoy, Bull Durham (Susan Sarandon)
9. Augustus Hill, "Oz" (Harold Perrineau Jr.)
8. Frida Khalo, Frida (Salma Hayek)
7. Aaron Stampler, Primal Fear (Edward Norton)
6. Tracy Samantha Lords, High Society (Grace Kelly)
5. Johnny Hooker, The Sting (Robert Redford)
4. Henry Gondorff, The Sting (Paul Newman)
3. Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany's (Audrey Hepburn)
2. Harry Lime, The Third Man (Orson Welles)
1. Verbal Kint, The Usual Suspects (Kevin Spacey)
May. 6th, 2004 08:19 am (UTC)
Re: List of Characters/Movies
Frida's a good one. I was trying to think of some women too.. and I hadn't even thought of Frida.
May. 6th, 2004 08:02 am (UTC)
i am so second guessing myself now - the female-male ratio is totally out of whack! and what about dr. strangelove? or vader, or dar, or allison reynolds, or fucking catherine tramell?


May. 6th, 2004 08:09 am (UTC)
Re: ugh
i hate when people leave anon. post on stuff like this
May. 6th, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
it is a friend with no lj
i keep stuff anon so that people without a lj can still comment - don't be hatin unless they are callin you out anonymously man =)
May. 6th, 2004 08:12 am (UTC)
I'm gonna reply in comment also, because polls are a pain in the ass to read. This is just my initial list, without taking toooo much time to think about it and rearrange.

Jack Torrence//The Shining
Hannibal Lector//Silence of the Lambs
Indiana Jones//Indiana Jones
Dracula//Bram Stoker's Dracula
Alexander de Large//A Clockwork Orange
Derek Vinyard//American History X
Forrest Gump//Forrest Gump
Andy Dufrense//The Shawshank Redemption
Lester Burnham//American Beauty
Aileen Wuornos//Monster
May. 6th, 2004 08:14 am (UTC)
i def agree with like 3 of those choices....maybe not eh order...but the choices are def solid
May. 6th, 2004 08:19 am (UTC)
a good idea
i was gonna repost them all whenever i got to the ranking situation - but ima change my post to reflect ths good idea.
May. 6th, 2004 09:49 am (UTC)
Re: a good idea
Wow, I like my list, but after reading the comments here I realized I forgot some very good characters that I loved!
May. 6th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)
i know, right?
this was a good brain flex - seemed like a light workout at first, but the deeper things went, the more i realized i was overlooking. i am defintielyintruiged by the loss of strong female characters who were not villans!
May. 6th, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: a good idea
yeah, man, How can *I* forget Godzilla?

May. 6th, 2004 10:48 am (UTC)
There were so many I could name, aside from the ones in my poll!

Stevens, The Remains of the Day
Reverend Powell, Night of the Hunter
Popeye Doyle, The French Connection
Aurora Greenway, Terms of Endearment
Edward Bloom, Big Fish
Bridget Gregory, The Last Seduction
Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver
Bud White, LA Confidential
Scarlett O'Hara, Gone With The Wind
Capt Quint, Jaws
Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark

I could go on and on...
May. 6th, 2004 10:54 am (UTC)
I came very close to putting Elizabeth I on my list. That was a fantastic film.
May. 6th, 2004 11:04 am (UTC)
I felt very disappointed that what's her face won the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love - I thought that was a wonderful film, but Cate Blanchett acted her heart out in Elizabeth and deserved it.
May. 6th, 2004 10:59 am (UTC)
bud white huh
that was a surprise - never did it for me
May. 6th, 2004 11:03 am (UTC)
Re: bud white huh
I think you have to be female for Bud White to work his magic on you.
May. 6th, 2004 11:12 am (UTC)
so it is a ahrdware thing, rather than a softweare thing - i get it

i agree about elizabeth too - you know wynonna was spposed to get gwenneth's part in shakespeare, but gwen stole the part by filkching wynonna's copy of the script?
May. 6th, 2004 01:11 pm (UTC)
Re: ah
Euw. I used to think Winona had so much promise. Maybe she & Robert Downey Jr. should get married.

And Gwyneth always did seem like the stringy sneaky whinky blonde girl you always hated in kindergarten.
May. 6th, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC)
i love wynonna, i have since i was a lilun... i totally agree about gwen though
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