Neil Sinyard

Film writer; professor, department of Film Studies, University of Hull

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Barry Lyndon

1975

Stanley Kubrick

Big Country, The

1958

William Wyler

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

Go-Between, The

1971

Joseph Losey

Innocents, The

1961

Jack Clayton

Leopard, The

1963

Luchino Visconti

Petulia

1968

Richard Lester

Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

1970

Billy Wilder

Sansho Dayu

1954

Mizoguchi Kenji

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

These are ten films from favourite directors that ignited my love of the cinema and that I can watch over and over in the expectation of finding something fresh and breathtaking every time. A subtext to my selection is the soundtrack. Some of them feature scores from giants of composing (Herrmann, Moross, Rota, Rozsa et al) at their creative peak, a reminder that one of the many wonders of the movies is the music it inspires.

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