Charles Barr

Emeritus professor, University of East Anglia

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Canterbury Tale, A

1944

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

Circus, The

1928

Charles Chaplin

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

Lady Vanishes, The

1938

Alfred Hitchcock

Ingeborg Holm

1913

Victor Sjöström

Random Harvest

1942

Mervyn LeRoy

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Sansho Dayu

1954

Mizoguchi Kenji

Stagecoach

1939

John Ford

Volver

2005

Pedro Almodóvar

Comments

This time around, I find myself reverting to a number of ‘classics’ that have, for good reason, stood the test of time, exemplifying as they do the varied strengths of narrative cinema as the dominant popular medium of the 20th century and retaining their power to move new audiences.

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