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February 10, 2012


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This in an inane exercise, strongly suggesting that law profs have too much time on their hands.

Patrick S. O'Donnell

Despite its bouts of "orientalism," Lawrence of Arabia is one of the greatest films of all time, and however charming It Happened One Night is, I don't think it belongs in the same class.

Kelly Anders

This is yet another mismatched comparison. The four films in this bracket create an imbalanced contest among four iconic auteurs -- Capra, Lean, Allen, and Wilder -- with this one being between Capra and Lean. My thought is that it would have been better to pit one of Capra's dramas against one of Lean's epics because a comedy (no matter how clever) has an uphill battle in topping a drama or an epic. "It Happened One Night" is a witty (if not cute) film that was a breath of fresh air during The Great Depression, while "Lawrence of Arabia" remains a masterpiece for the ages. For that reason, although I love Capra's body of work, I somewhat reluctantly decided to cast my vote in this round for Lean.

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