Neil Hunter

The Lawless Heart; Boyfriends

UK

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Army of Shadows

1969

Jean-Pierre Melville

Celine and Julie Go Boating

1974

Jacques Rivette

Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The

1972

Luis Buñuel

Don't Look Now

1973

Nicolas Roeg

Man Escaped, A

1956

Robert Bresson

McCabe and Mrs Miller

1971

Robert Altman

Once Upon a Time in the West

1968

Sergio Leone

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Some Like It Hot

1959

Billy Wilder

Woman Under the Influence, A

1974

John Cassavetes

Comments

I don’t suppose these are the ten greatest films ever made but they are the ten I most love or revere. I have excluded films I haven’t seen twice.

A Man Escaped is perhaps the purest experience available in a cinema.

A Woman Under the Influence shows purity isn't everything. Rivetingly messy.

Army of Shadows is simply the most glamorous film I know.

McCabe and Mrs Miller is a gratuitously beautiful vision of unheroic muddle.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie offers profundity lightly worn, and a tightrope act of narrative freedom.

Once Upon a Time in the West offers shallowness heavily worn, and it gets me every time.

La Règle du Jeu presents a world so rounded, it’s generous, tough, innocent and worldly all at the same time.

Don’t Look Now – some strange and unrepeatable alchemy at work here.

Celine and Julie go Boating is an eye-opening and improbably successful fusion of banter and formal games.

Some Like it Hot – surely a comedy has no business being this perfect.

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