José María Caparrós-Lera

Professor of Contemporary History and Cinema, University of Barcelona

Spain

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Battleship Potemkin

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

Bicycle Thieves, The

1948

Vittorio de Sica

Casablanca

1942

Michael Curtiz

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

Grapes of Wrath, The

1940

John Ford

Great Dictator, The

1940

Charles Chaplin

Leopard, The

1963

Luchino Visconti

Paths of Glory

1957

Stanley Kubrick

Third Man, The

1949

Carol Reed

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

As a former film critic and a Full Professor of Contemporary History and Cinema, in selecting titles I tried to combine a consideration of the impact of these movies and their authors with their usefulness for teaching the history of the contemporary western world in my classes, as well as their success among my students, year after year since 1995. Also, besides my personal preferences, I wanted to focus on classic movies. For that reason, some important filmmakers might be missing. In any case, although not everybody that should be here is here, everybody that is here is it.

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