Mark Duguid

Senior curator, BFI

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

1974

Sam Peckinpah

Canterbury Tale, A

1944

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

Johnny Guitar

1954

Nicholas Ray

Night of the Hunter, The

1955

Charles Laughton

Pierrot le Fou

1965

Jean-Luc Godard

Shock Corridor

1963

Samuel Fuller

Stalker

1979

Andrei Tarkovsky

Sullivan's Travels

1941

Preston Sturges

Touch of Evil

1958

Orson Welles

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

I had to lose After Life and many other treasures (No Buñuel! No Lang! No Kiss Me Deadly!), but I couldn’t lose any of these. I guess the uniting theme, if there is one, is film as enigma or madness (or both), with a spoonful of dark poetry a bonus. Ask me next week and I’d pick a different ten.

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