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Variety | Top 100 Greatest Movies of All Time

January 9, 2023

Variety recently celebrated its 117th anniversary and published their first-ever list of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time. Thirty-three of our movies made it into this list, and we even worked on their top three ranking films including, Number 1: Psycho (1960), Number 2: The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Number 3: The Godfather (1972).

Discover more about these projects and the other big hits below.

Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
Psycho (1960) trailer, Paramount Pictures

Widely considered to be one of the earliest examples of the slasher film genre, the thriller Psycho was chosen as the Greatest Movie of All Time. We completed work on the print film formation. The tagline, ‘The picture you MUST see from the beginning… Or not at all!… For no one will be seated after the start of… Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest shocker Psycho,’ highlights how gripping the film was for audiences at the time of its release and is arguably one of the reasons for why the film is iconic.

The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939) trailer, Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX

The Wizard of Oz was given second place in Variety’s Top 100 Greatest Movies of All Time list. We completed color work on what is argued to be, the most commercially successful adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s novel. The Wizard of Oz utilised the 3-strip color process, which was a process in which a specially modified motion picture camera recorded the same scene through colored filters on three different strips of film.

Uncover more about what Technicolor did in The Wizard of Oz.

The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
The Godfather (1972) trailer, Paramount Pictures

Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather glories ‘An offer you can’t refuse’ and has made it into the top 3 of the Greatest Movies of All Time. Variety highlights that it is, “a movie that embedded itself so richly in the popular imagination that for 50 years it has spoken to audiences on every level of experience.” Technicolor Creative Studios notably completed color work for the film. The 3-strip Technicolor camera and dye transfer was still used well into the 1970s, with one of the last major American films to be shot in Technicolor being the sequel, The Godfather Part II (1974).

Further Technicolor Creative Studio titles (in order of rank):

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Goodfellas (1990), The Godfather Part II (1974), Blue Velvet (1986), Gone with the Wind (1939), Chinatown (1974), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Vertigo (1958), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Wild Bunch (1969), Titanic (1997), Mean Streets (1973), Apocalypse Now (1979), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), E.T the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Bambi (1942), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), My Neighbour Totoro (1988), Goldfinger (1964), Waiting for Guffman (1996), The Dark Knight (2008), Malcolm X (1992), The Shining (1980), Bridesmaids (2011), Toy Story (1995), The Graduate (1967)

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