Tim Highsted

Senior editor, Feature Films Channel 4

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Battle of Algiers, The

1966

Gillo Pontecorvo

Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, The

1972

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Chungking Express

1994

Wong Kar Wai

enfants du paradis, Les

1945

Marcel Carné

King Kong

1933

Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack

Meet Me In St. Louis

1944

Vincente Minnelli

Mildred Pierce

1945

Michael Curtiz

Passion of Joan of Arc

1927

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Rashomon

1950

Akira Kurosawa

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

My choice is made up on a personal level – films that have impacted me throughout my life. King Kong was the very first film I remember seeing; Les Enfants du Paradis for its sheer mastery; the deliriously troubling tale of obsession that is Hitchcock’s Vertigo; The Battle of Algiers, which proves political cinema can be more emotive than any melodrama; The Passion of Joan of Arc, with the finest film performance ever; Mildred Pierce – Hollywood at its peak mixing film noir and melodrama with one of the greatest stars from its golden age; Chungking Express – a marvellous tale of love, loss, romance and isolation; Rashomon for its sheer bravura; Meet Me in St Louis’ superb set-piece numbers; and the desperation of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. All of the list are personal favourites and my desert island viewing.

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