Annika Haupts

Selection Committee / Program Coordination Retrospective

Voted for

Titanic1997James Cameron
M1931Fritz Lang
Le Quai des brumes1938Marcel Carné
Touch of Evil1958Orson Welles
La grande bellezza2013Paolo Sorrentino
The Godfather1972Francis Ford Coppola
Psycho1960Alfred Hitchcock
The Night of the Hunter1955Charles Laughton
The Searchers1956John Ford
The Breakfast Club1985John Hughes



1997 USA, Ukrainian SSR

Titanic is the best blockbuster movie of its time. It combines all the important elements of cinema entertainment for which film was invented: big genre, big emotions, and big special effects. Cinema of attractions at its best.


1931 Germany

Fritz Lang's best film. With his first sound film, Lang set unparalleled standards of virtuosity in his mise en scène. In addition, no one can come close to Peter Lorre's portrayal of the serial killer of children.

Le Quai des brumes

1938 France

Le Quai des brumes is the best film of poetic realism. Moreover, wonderfully photographed. The black-and-white shots by cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan have an almost tender effect. Of course, Jean Gabin becomes iconic in this film.

Touch of Evil

1958 USA

Touch of Evil provides the best filmic conclusion to the classic film noir genre that anyone could ask for. The opening sequence shot is legendary.

La grande bellezza

2013 Italy, France

A magnificent cinematic social study, dressed in opulent aesthetics. La grande bellezza is one of the best films of recent years.

The Godfather

1972 USA

The Godfather is a great American novel – powerful in its poetry and truth. It had the strongest impact on the gangster genre to this day.


1960 USA

Hitchcock's Psycho was the gamechanger in the horror film genre. The film dares to go beyond borders in so many ways. With Psycho Hitchcock laid the foundation for the modern horror film.

The Night of the Hunter

1955 USA

The Night of the Hunter is an incredibly intense fairytale, fabulously acted by a great cast and superbly photographed in an impressive chiaroscuro.

The Searchers

1956 USA

John Ford is the greatest western director of all time and The Searchers is the greatest western of all time. The film is epic – in its story and its audiovisual presentation.

The Breakfast Club

1985 USA

The Breakfast Club had a major impact on popular culture in the decades that followed. To this day, it is considered a trendsetter for the coming-of-age film. The film's place in film history is too underrated.