Achieving Greatness : The Definition Of A Great Film Essay

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Achieving Greatness: The Definition of a Great Film And the Academy Award for Best Picture goes to…The Artist! The silent film also won three other awards at this year’s Oscars; add those awards to the wide praise the movie received from both critics and viewers, and a strong case can be made in calling The Artist a great movie. However, at the time of its nomination, The Artist had only grossed about $12 million; compare that to critical flop Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which grossed over $350 million. If huge budgets, huge profits, hugely famous actors, and huge amounts of special effects do not necessarily make a great movie, what does? Most great movies start with a great script—they have interesting plots that provoke thought and feature unique characters that any audience member can relate to. Greatness in films can be measured in accordance to dramatic awards and critical praise—which Dean Keith Simonton, a professor of psychology at UC Davis, argues are one and the same—as well as acclaim over time (Simonton). Time is an interesting factor in the greatness of a film; it reveals the iconicity and cultural significance of a movie. At the time of its release, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho received very mixed reviews. One critic even labeled it “melodramatic” and called its performances “fair” (Crowther). And, although nominated, Psycho did not win a single Academy Award. Fifty years later, Psycho is arguably the most iconic horror film of all time.…

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