Josephine Botting

Curator, BFI National Archive

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Stanley Kubrick

Artist, The

2011

Michel Hazanavicius

enfants du paradis, Les

1945

Marcel Carné

His Girl Friday

1939

Howard Hawks

Night to Remember, A

1958

Roy Ward Baker

Once Upon a Time in the West

1968

Sergio Leone

Passport to Pimlico

1949

Henry Cornelius

Rear Window

1954

Alfred Hitchcock

Seventh Seal, The

1957

Ingmar Bergman

Spirit of the Beehive, The

1973

Víctor Erice

Comments

While I find exercises such as this rather self-indulgent and just a little pretentious, it is nice to take a break from the diet of British movies that BFI curators generally consume. My list is a mixture of films that I watch repeatedly with affection and nostalgia and those I would describe as ‘great’, by which I mean emotionally compelling, exceptionally innovative or just spectacular.

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