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AFI 50 top heroes
« on: June 06, 2003, 07:40:03 AM »
No, I'm not trying to restart the hero discussion.  However, in light of it, I was very amused by a USA Today article I saw that spoke about the American Film Institute's '50 top heroes and villains' from cinema.

I found the list on-line.

http://www.afi.com/tv/handv.asp

I noticed a couple of things.

First, Atticus Finch?
Second, Harrison is on there twice.
Third, Superman didn't even make the to 25.  That's disappointing--he kind of defines the word 'hero' to me.
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Re: AFI 50 top heroes
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2003, 05:43:06 PM »
Ya I agree with you on superman, but maybe its because the superman movies weren't as good as the others listed.  I've never read to kill a mocking bird so I can't comment on that one.  But I can see Harrison ford twice, maybe they should have put both Indiana and Han solo in the same rank.  But their both good heros.  cosidering the cultral Impact criteria.
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Re: AFI 50 top heroes
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2003, 05:46:00 PM »
Well, To Kill a Mockingbird, is shown is almost every introductory film class and is considered one of the great movies of all time.

I noticed, that there was a strong preference to politcal and social heroes. In fact is was in their guidelines.
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Re: AFI 50 top heroes
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2003, 08:22:37 PM »
Huzzah for Rick Blaine!  He's one of my all-time favorites, as is that movie.

I don't know about Bond, though.  To me he was always a little too cheesy to be taken seriously.  Fun to watch, though.

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Re: AFI 50 top heroes
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2003, 11:19:47 PM »
K, haven't had time to look at the site (it's getting late for me), but if you restrict heroism to the political and social realm, you're making a definition about heroes and saying endeavors outside those realms can and should be marginalized. I think, though, they were trying to stay away from action heroes. Which would be appropriately literary and snobbish. It just needs to be considered.

However, I disagreed with the top 100 movies too, so we'll see. I should probably read over the list just to further  research my senior thesis, as that still interests me. this is great anthropological evidence for what our society's classification of a hero is.

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Re: AFI 50 top heroes
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2003, 06:46:08 AM »
Or, at least, evidence for what our snobbish film critics think the classification is...
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Re: AFI 50 top heroes
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2003, 08:08:44 AM »
Who are AFI?
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Re: AFI 50 top heroes
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2003, 11:29:04 AM »
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