meMy name is Dan Quitério, film blogger, awards specialist, and sometime filmmaker. I launched the170 in 2011 as a means of providing a platform to discuss my thoughts on the state of cinema—both contemporary and classic. Among the features I’m most excited about is the “Anatomy of a Short Film” page, which tracked my progress as I developed my short film, “In-Kind,” through all stages of production. My hope with this section is to share insights throughout the challenging and rewarding filmmaking process.

The name “the170” is derived from a list of 170 films I culled in 2003 from a variety of sources, most prominently among them American Film Institute’s original “100 Years … 100 Movies” list. My goal was to watch all 170 films by my 30th birthday—a goal that I reached.

Thanks for visiting, and please share your own thoughts in the comments section.

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2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello,

    2 questions.

    1. I’m curious to know how many page views getting Freshly Pressed gets a person/you?

    2. I’ve recently started watching Hitchcock – had watched a few as a kid, but now gone back to a few new ones. So far Rear Window was the better of my selections, Rope was also good, Vetigo tho’ stylish and in places brilliant had a very abrupt ending and just didn’t do it for me, but what would you recommend?

    Anyway, nice blog!


    1. After being “freshly pressed,” I got a few thousand hits in one day, which is amazing! The comments and likes were coming in fast and furious. I really appreciate everyone’s feedback and support.

      Obviously, Hitch is my favorite filmmaker. My favorite of his films is Psycho, probably because it was my first film of his to watch. The subject matter also really surprised me for that era (1960). You didn’t see a lot of stuff like that then. Now, the subject matter is sort of passé. I think it’s always important to view films within the context of the era in which they were made. It really helps you gain an even bigger appreciation for them and the guts the filmmakers had.

      I also really love The Birds and North by Northwest. Rope is one of my all-time favorites, but is often overlooked. Lifeboat is also terrific. (Lifeboat’s story was written by John Steinbeck, my favorite author.) Whenever you can pair a classic filmmaker with a classic writer, you can’t go wrong. 🙂


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