Sue Harris

Doctor; Film Studies department, University of London; expert in French cinema

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

400 Blows, The

1959

François Truffaut

American in Paris, An

1951

Vincente Minnelli

Bridges of Madison County, The

1995

Clint Eastwood

Brief Encounter

1945

David Lean

Carnival in Flanders

1935

Jacques Feyder

grande illusion, La

1937

Jean Renoir

mépris, Le

1963

Jean-Luc Godard

Pulp Fiction

1994

Quentin Tarantino

Three Colours: Blue

1993

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Going Places

1974

Bertrand Blier

Comments

The criteria is that these are films I would happily watch again and again and again. They are my personal classics, and the list could have extended to 20, 30, 40 films… My priorities are quality of performance, emotional impact and structuring intelligence – and in this set of ten I find all of these qualities in abundance. These are films I love and respect and would enjoy (and have enjoyed) defending in the face of criticism.

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