by Mark Rabinowitz
With the help of 1,500 members of the American film community, the American
Film Institute (AFI) is set to commemorate the first 100 years of American
movies by selecting the 100 greatest American movies of all time, to
culminate in a three-hour prime-time television special to be broadcast by
CBS in June of 1998. The 1,500 leaders in the film community will be made
up of filmmakers, actors, critics, historians, movie executives and others,
including Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Al and Tipper Gore. Following the
CBS special, Turner Network Television(TNT) will air 10 one-hour specials,
offering a more in-depth look at the 100 films, and Turner Classic Movies
(TCM), possessor of the world's largest movie library, will air many of the
100 films on the list.
The complete list will be announced on the CBS broadcast in June of 1998.
[For further details, and to view the full list of 400 elegible films, visit the
AFI website at: ptd15.afionline.org/100/]