Adam Batty


Voted for

Pierrot le fou1965Jean-Luc Godard
Beau travail1998Claire Denis
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Pickpocket1959Robert Bresson
Le PONT DU NORD1982Jacques Rivette
Vagabond1985Agnès Varda
Johnny Guitar1954Nicholas Ray
Apocalypse Now1979Francis Ford Coppola
Do the Right Thing1989Spike Lee
GoodFellas1990Martin Scorsese



1959 France

Whippet slight, and yet it somehow tells the story of the universe in an hour and sixteen minutes.

Apocalypse Now

1979 USA

It leaves me breathless just thinking about it. In the ten years since the last S&S poll Coppola has once again tinkered with his magnum opus. Who knows what this movie will look like in 2032.

Do the Right Thing

1989 USA

No film better sums up the past few years. Thirty three years old, and yet more telling of the present landscape than any contemporary picture.

Further remarks

Encapsulating the spirit of cinema in ten films is very difficult, and truth be told I think that if that is the measurement by which one views my selections then I will be deemed a failure. There are far too many French movies for one thing, and no silent pictures.