|Invasion of the Body Snatchers
|Das weisse Band Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte
|It's a Wonderful Life
Still a contender.
A film that effectively created a whole new genre and heralded the 1960s. it also has one of the most poetic and eloquent scripts ever written.
The cine-literate 'movie brats' transformed cinema and, representing them on my list, Lucas never made a more personal or more delicate film.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
One of the most haunting films ever made, a combination of noir and science fiction that probes the deepest notions of personal identity and fascinates no matter how often you watch it.
A very personal choice, being an inspiration to me both on TV and film. The British contribution to the 'possession' theme (not a copy as made around the same time) with a uniquely British political flavour.
Das weisse Band Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte
Astonishingly directed film (noirish in its voiceover and construction) about a German village before WWI exploring what its director called 'the roots of evil' which lie in the authoritarian adults.
The birth of Mickey Mouse has an anarchic flavour that the character never quite recaptured, while also unveiling all the possibilities of animation with sound.
The secret life of an ordinary middle-class suburban British woman played, with an intensity rare in British cinema, by Celia Johnson.
Not a simple horror at all but a complex study of female isolation, marital paranoia and community intimidation.
It's a Wonderful Life
This deceptively titled film encompasses multiple themes, some very dark, in order to finally offer quite a complex message. And James Stewart, the quintessential American movie actor, deserves to be top and bottom of any list.
Not so difficult to compile, I feel, if you just think of films you couldn't be without.