Tony Macklin

University of Dayton; Las Vegas Film Critics Society, tonymacklin.net

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Stanley Kubrick

Chinatown

1974

Roman Polanski

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

dolce vita, La

1960

Federico Fellini

General, The

1926

Buster Keaton

Gold Rush, The

1925

Charles Chaplin

Insider, The

1999

Michael Mann

Jules et Jim

1962

François Truffaut

Shane

1952

George Stevens

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

Citizen Kane was my top choice in Sight & Sound 40 years ago. It still is – emphatically. I could pick ten Hitchcock films as the entire best ten – Vertigo makes it here. Eloquent silent comedy like The Gold Rush must endure. Buster prevails in The General. Jules et Jim is unique and provocative, and the letter sequences still resonate today – ‘snail mail’ letters may be archaic in the land of tweets, but miscommunication still is universal and rampant. La Dolce Vita brings together Fellini (a great humanist and social critic), Mastroianni and alienation. Humanity – and its loss. Classic. Stanley Kubrick and I had a thing going. He was very generous to me about my reviews of his films. I have chosen 2001: A Space Odyssey here. Chinatown is potent, personal cinema and clever, meaningful dualities. I find it the most rewarding film to teach. My last two choices could be any of 20 films. Come back, Shane. I searched (pun intended) and remembered Shane. Although I realise purists might frown, I love the myth in Shane. It takes me back to my boyhood, when Alan Ladd (just ahead of Huntz Hall) was my favorite actor. Films and youth forever. The Insider is Mann’s paean to integrity. It has a terrific cast – Pacino, Crowe, Plummer et al – and canny direction. I relate to Lowell at the end when he walks out of the door – leaving behind his old world of rules and capitulation.

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