Compiled as a joint effort by the WGA West and WGA East starting in the summer of 2005, the list showcases, as a WGA press release states, „the finest achievements in film writing, as voted upon by professional film and television writers.‰ The finished list showcases films from the 1930s to present, many of which are Academy Award-winners. Some are blockbusters, some are obscure and some even have subtitles.
In order to treat an audience to some of the films on this list, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is holding a special program ˆ beginning Friday, May 19 and running through June 3 ˆ which will screen 10 of the films on this list.
Kicking off the two-week program is a LACMA-themed night entitled „Bittersweet Romance in Cities of the Mind.‰ This double-feature begins at 7:30 p.m. with a showing of the 1942 classic Casablanca, which was directed by Michael Curtiz with a screenplay by Julius and Philip Epstein, and Howard Koch. Following the Humphrey Bogart-headlined film is Woody Allen‚s 1979 film Manhattan, which he wrote and directed, and which stars Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Casablanca was voted as the No. 1 film on the WGA‚s list, while Manhattan was ranked at No. 54.
LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., in Los Angeles. Tickets are $9 or $6 for students with valid I.D. For more information, call (323) 857-6000 or visit www.lacma.org.