Saul Metzstein

Late Night Shopping; Guy X


Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey


Stanley Kubrick

Big Lebowski, The


Joel & Ethan Coen

Conformist, The


Bernardo Bertolucci

Fox and His Friends


Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Gospel According to St Matthew, The


Pier Paolo Pasolini

Ice Storm, The


Ang Lee



Andrei Tarkovsky



Federico Fellini



Claude Lanzmann

Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The


Jacques Demy


The Conformist: For me, this is cinema’s most perfect blend of psychology and aesthetics.

I could probably have made my top ten up entirely of films by Tarkovsky, Fellini and Kubrick. I chose these particular films because they are the least encumbered by narrative; the ideas, images and emotions begin to feel like they come from your own dreams.

The Gospel According to St Matthew: When I think of the New Testament, this is what I think of. It’s raw and visceral, but also delicate.

The Ice Storm: A powerfully emotional film in which all display of emotion is suppressed until the very end. Beautifully controlled filmmaking.

Shoah: The bravest tackling of the most difficult subject matter I’ve ever seen. Devastating and pitch-perfect.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: A strongly European take on a primarily American genre, it is ironic and sincere at the same time. It reminds me of my 11th favourite film, Robocop, another brilliant European-American hybrid.

The Big Lebowski: I didn’t ‘get it’ the first time I watched it, but I have loved it hundreds of times since. True greatness isn’t always immediately discernible (at least not by me!).

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