Philip Kemp

Freelance writer; film historian; professor, Film Journalism, University of Leicester

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Apartment, The

1960

Billy Wilder

Bringing Up Baby

1938

Howard Hawks

Charulata

1964

Satyajit Ray

Crime of Monsieur Lange, The

1935

Jean Renoir

Day of Wrath

1943

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Fargo

1995

Joel & Ethan Coen

Harakiri

1962

Kobayashi Masaki

Letter From an Unknown Woman

1948

Max Ophüls

Sweet Smell of Success

1957

Alexander Mackendrick

Yojimbo

1961

Akira Kurosawa

Comments

Each time this poll comes around, the concept of ‘greatest’ seems – to me at least – to become ever more elusive. And since, in the final analysis, we’re dealing with subjective imponderables, I’ve decided to sidestep the whole titanic Orson vs The World struggle and choose those ten films that I find most repay rewatching – whether on the grounds of complexity, subtlety, narrative skill, excellence of acting or just sheer entertainment value.

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