Ginette Vincendeau

Professor in Film Studies, King's College London

Voted for

La Bête humaine1938Jean Renoir
Cléo from 5 to 71962Agnès Varda
Le Samouraï1967Jean-Pierre Melville
Do the Right Thing1989Spike Lee
La Haine1995Mathieu Kassovitz
Le DIABLE AU CORPS1947Claude Autant-Lara
Le Mépris1963Jean-Luc Godard
Moonlight2016Barry Jenkins
Portrait of a Lady on Fire2019Céline Sciamma
The Leopard1963Luchino Visconti


My choices reflect the cinemas I know best (French, North American and Italian), films that I love, that I see again and again and also have on occasion taught. Also films with great stars, like Jean Gabin, Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon or Mahershala Ali. I am of course aware of so many others that I cannot comment on. However, these are all brilliant films that show a range of possibilities for the art of cinema as well as the welcome rise of women and non-white filmmakers and actors.