Saul Metzstein

Late Night Shopping; Guy X

UK

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Stanley Kubrick

Big Lebowski, The

1998

Joel & Ethan Coen

Conformist, The

1970

Bernardo Bertolucci

Fox and His Friends

1975

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Gospel According to St Matthew, The

1964

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Ice Storm, The

1997

Ang Lee

Mirror

1974

Andrei Tarkovsky

Roma

1972

Federico Fellini

Shoah

1985

Claude Lanzmann

Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The

1964

Jacques Demy

Comments

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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