Anthony Wall

Creative Adviser The Arena Archive (BBC)

Voted for

Un chien andalou1928Luis Buñuel
Kind Hearts and Coronets1949Robert Hamer
Seven Samurai1954Akira Kurosawa
Zabriskie Point1970Michelangelo Antonioni
Les Enfants du paradis1945Marcel Carné
L' INNOCENTE1976Luchino Visconti
Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie1972Luis Buñuel
The Third Man1949Carol Reed
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre1947John Huston
The Godfather1972Francis Ford Coppola


Un chien andalou

1928 France

This remains the most original, imaginative and challenging film

Kind Hearts and Coronets

1949 United Kingdom

A perfect film in all respects

Seven Samurai

1954 Japan

Unsurpassed as epic film and generated another great film in The Magnificent Seven

Zabriskie Point

1970 USA

The most beautifully shot film

Les Enfants du paradis

1945 France

Cinema entry into a magical world


1976 Italy, France

Total command of the medium, creating an otherworldly and disturbing vision

Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie

1972 France, Italy, Spain

Effortless and hilarious creation of a world of fabulous absurdity in an ostensibly comfortable, self-satisfied everyday scenario.

The Third Man

1949 United Kingdom

Another perfect film. Daring and unsettling with magnificent performances.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1947 USA

As great a piece of narrative cinema as could be imagined, with stunning performances.

The Godfather

1972 USA

A masterpiece of ironic grandeur, set the bar for the golden age of 70s cinema