Movie ABC’s

Posted on November 1, 2008 at 4:00 pm

We just looked at long movie titles, so let’s take a look at short ones. The release of “W” inspired NPR’s Bob Mondello to ask whether you could put together an entire alphabet of movies with one-letter titles. Of course there are classics like Fritz Lang’s “M” (Peter Lorre as a serial killer), “X” (Spike Lee’s biographical film about Malcolm X) and “Z” (Costa-Gavras’ searing political film). And the horror films “SSSSSSSSSS” (about a snake) and “Q” (about a flying lizard). “O” is a version of “Othello” set in a high school. Mondello could have added “G,” a version of “The Great Gatsby” set on Long Island.
The other letters gave him trouble — it’s fun to see what he came up with.

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