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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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Aunor’s 50 best films

A loyal and ardent Nora Aunor follower, Mel Caparas, enumerates what he feels are the best 50 films of the Superstar. Why 50? Mel says this year is the 50th year in showbiz of “the greatest actress Philippine cinema has ever produced.”

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Showbiz titles then

Let’s turn nostalgic and recall the ‘70s, ‘80s, and up to mid-‘90s when Philippine cinema was at its peak. In terms of box-office and artistry.

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Golden age of indies

Now it’s the golden age of indie cinema. Actually, it started more than a decade ago, when independently produced movies made waves in international film festivals. From the majors like Cannes, Berlin, and Venice to the small ones scattered all over the world.

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When PH ruled Asian cinema

The ’50s (up to the early ’60s) is called the second Golden Age of Philippine Cinema, the first being the ’30s and the third the ’70s.

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