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AFI search for top 100 film songs of all-time



Story by: Jack Foley

BING Crosby and Al Jolsen will take on rapper, Eminem, in the race to find the best 100 movie songs of all-time.

The American Film Institute (AFI) has invited US directors, actors and critics to pick their favourites from a suggested 400 titles.

Almost inevitably, songs from The Sound of Music, Casablanca, White Christmas, Chicago and 8 Mile are on the shortlist, along with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor’s rendition of Come What May, from Bazz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge.

The results will be revealed in an AFI US TV special in June 2004.

A total of 1,500 voters are also allowed to submit their own favourites, not included among the 400 nominees, so as to gain a completely representative picture of musical favourites.

The AFI has compiled a number of top 100s in recent years, including favourite horror movie scene, greatest love stories and funniest films ever made.

But Bob Gazzale, a producer of the TV special, has predicted that the songs list will be among the most passionate in terms of response, because ‘people are so passionate about their favourite movies and favourite songs, and bringing the two together is a rather explosive combination’.

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