Guido Bonsaver

Professor, Italian Cultural History, Oxford University

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

1963

Federico Fellini

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Stanley Kubrick

Bicycle Thieves, The

1948

Vittorio de Sica

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

dolce vita, La

1960

Federico Fellini

Godfather: Part I, The

1972

Francis Ford Coppola

grande illusion, La

1937

Jean Renoir

Pulp Fiction

1994

Quentin Tarantino

Throne of Blood

1957

Akira Kurosawa

Trainspotting

1995

Danny Boyle

Comments

When asked what is a ‘classic’, novelist Italo Calvino replied: “It’s a book that, once you’ve finished it, has changed your life, or, better, has changed something in the way you look at life, at your life, at life around you.” The same should be said for films. So here are ten classics (I could easily add another ten) that, somehow, changed the way I see life and the way I see films.

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