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100 years, 100 movies

100 years, 100 movies

Philippine cinema is 100 years old. Apt and good time to name the 100 best movies of the century. The American Film Institute does it every so often, with Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” and Alfred Hitchcocks’s “Vertigo” topping the list.

First golden years of PH cinema (1936-1941)

Film historians and authorities, among them the revered Nestor U. Torre, consider 1936 to 1941 the First Golden Years of Philippine Cinema. Yet those years seem to have been forgotten by today’s filmbuffs and cineastes, Perhaps, because many of the films produced during those years are no longer existing, save for three or four.

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The revered cinema authority Nestor U. Torre has pointed out that Philippine cinema has four and not only three golden ages. Overlooked by many cineastes is the first golden stage, the ‘30s, which produced many outstanding films, directors, and actors.

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This columnist has said it before and is saying it again. Why not books on movie kings and queens and directors elevated to the pantheon of National Artists?

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THE Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Executive Committee announced last Wednesday the withdrawal of the Fernando Poe, Jr. Memorial Award from the movie “Oro” in the wake of the controversial scene that depicted the killing of a dog.

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WE have always thought cats and dogs are the worst of enemies. Kaya nga may kasabihan tayong para tayong mga aso’t pusa kung hindi tayo nagkakasundo.

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