The American Film Institute is getting ready for its tenth annual 100-movie countdown TV special, and for its tenth year, it has decided to re-do the original 100 Greatest American Films list, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The idea is, like the Sight & Sound Magazine poll, to get a fresh snapshot of film culture every ten years. More than 1500 jurors will vote from a pre-selected ballot of 400 films. The new ballot includes 44 films released since the 1998 list. The final list will be unveiled in June.

For many film buffs, this news is bittersweet. For a brief second, it raises hope that this list will be far more interesting and daring than the last list, which was mainly comprised of Oscar-winners, plus a few flops (It's a Wonderful Life, Bringing Up Baby, The Wizard of Oz) that have been redeemed and canonized over time. Perhaps this is a chance to add some of Jean Renoir's American films, or James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein (1935) or Charlie Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux (1947), or Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) or Max Ophuls' Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948), or Josef von Sternberg's American films with Marlene Dietrich, or Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989), or Jim Jarmusch or David Lynch, or...

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