Camille Paglia

Professor, Humanities and Media Studies, University of the Arts, Philadelphia

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Ben-Hur

1959

William Wyler

dolce vita, La

1960

Federico Fellini

Godfather: Part I, The

1972

Francis Ford Coppola

Godfather: Part II, The

1974

Francis Ford Coppola

Gone with the Wind

1939

Victor Fleming

Lawrence of Arabia

1962

David Lean

North by Northwest

1959

Alfred Hitchcock

Orphée

1950

Jean Cocteau

Persona

1966

Ingmar Bergman

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

My favorite films combine spectacular photography with strength and depth of character. Their intense emotional resonance is often amplified by superb orchestral scores, more expressive than mere words. A great film creates a world of its own. It can be seen again and again without ever losing its freshness and surprise.

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