Editor/Critic, 'The Arts Shelf'
|Francis Ford Coppola
|The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring
|Lawrence of Arabia
|La Règle du jeu
|Anatomy of a Murder
|The Shawshank Redemption
It is a near impossible task to select just ten films for this list, and to try to separate greatest films from affecting, personal favourites. These selections represent a mix of both, taking into account performances, direction, design, screenplay, cinematography, score, scale, influence, etc. I have selected films that I consider to be masterpieces, great technical achievements, and some of the finest works in their respective genres, eg, Rear Window – mystery; Lawrence of Arabia – epic; Anatomy of a Murder – courtroom/trial. The beauty of this decennial poll is the diversity and range of the individual selections, and seeing how the list and personal tastes change over the years. There is, however, a huge sense of guilt in leaving out so many giants of cinema, as there are myriad films and filmmakers that more than deserve a place on any ‘Greatest’ list.