Peter Kosminsky

Wuthering Heights; White Oleander

UK

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Broadcast News

1987

James L Brooks

Casablanca

1942

Michael Curtiz

Erin Brockovich

2000

Steven Soderbergh

German Sisters, The

1981

Margarethe von Trotta

Godfather: Part II, The

1974

Francis Ford Coppola

If….

1968

Lindsay Anderson

Land and Freedom

1995

Ken Loach

Missing

1981

Costa-Gavras

Salvador

1986

Oliver Stone

To Kill a Mockingbird

1962

Robert Mulligan

Comments

The German Sisters, for its brilliant exploration of the nature of German post-Nazi guilt and the choices faced by the radical post-Nazi generation.

In Casablanca I’m immensely moved by the depiction of Rick, the ultimate mercenary, eventually taking a stand for something in which he truly believes.

To turn a piece of worthy and rather technical campaigning like Erin Brockovich into a tense and moving popular movie was an extraordinary achievement. Wonderful direction and wonderful performances by Roberts and Finney.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a great adaptation of the seminal Harper Lee novel. The moment when the court rises out of respect as Atticus Finch passes remains, for me, one of the most powerful moments in movies.

Inspired decision to see the conflict in Central America through the eyes of an utterly amoral wreck of a man, brilliantly played by James Woods in Salvador. His journey from self-destruction to compassion is so unexpected.

Jack Lemmon's performance in Missing – as the middle-class middle-American who moves from contempt for his son's misguided politicking to the realisation that his own country's diplomats are in cahoots with a brutal dictatorship – is the most powerful and wonderful I know.

Broadcast News is a grown-up film about grown-up issues. The only faithful evocation of life in television I know. The complex relationship between the Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter characters is a joy to watch.

For me, Land and Freedom is Loach's finest. It really helped me understand why young British progressives left our shores, often for the first time, to fight in Spain for a noble but ultimately hopeless cause. The scene where young Spaniards sit around discussing the pros and cons of collectivisation is as brilliant as it is surprising.

If.... had a huge impact on me when I was a young man. A mesmerising depiction of unfocused teenage nihilism, juxtaposed with the absurd. The scene where the headmaster pulls the school chaplain out of a drawer so Malcolm McDowell can apologise to him is one of the funniest moments I've seen in cinema.

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