Charles Drazin

Senior lecturer, QMUL

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Band Wagon, The

1953

Vincente Minnelli

enfants du paradis, Les

1945

Marcel Carné

Fallen Idol, The

1948

Carol Reed

In The Mood For Love

2000

Wong Kar Wai

Kind Hearts and Coronets

1949

Robert Hamer

Listen to Britain

1942

Humphrey Jennings/Stewart McAllister

mépris, Le

1963

Jean-Luc Godard

Red Shoes, The

1948

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Wild Strawberries

1957

Ingmar Bergman

Comments

This is a list of the ten films that most readily come to mind as having had significance to me for varying reasons. Some have been chosen because they are examples of great cinema, others because they offer important insights into what it is to be human, and one simply because it is great entertainment. Setting down the titles serves only to bring home the impossibility of the exercise, irresistible though it may be to take part. What kind of a list can it be that excludes John Ford, Yasujro Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, Max Ophüls, Orson Welles, Luis Buñuel and so forth? It is limited not only by what one has seen, but also by what one remembers. So this is a list not of the ‘Ten Greatest Films of All Time’, but of the ten that have become the most treasured and revisited over many years.

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