Critic and academic
|The Small World of Sammy Lee||1962||Ken Hughes|
|Splendor in the Grass||1961||Elia Kazan|
|Shadow of a Doubt||1943||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Howards End||1992||James Ivory|
|Anatomy of a Murder||1959||Otto Preminger|
|West Side Story||1961||Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins|
|La MEGLIO GIOVENTÙ||2003||Marco Tullio Giordana|
Julie Christie is perfection in this true swinging sixties time capsule… throw in Laurence Harvey and Dirk Bogarde and you get a romp, a social portrait and a sardonic commentary on the rising world of media…
This film is my cringe choice and one I’ve watched a million times. It IS a cocktail - sure it’s not high brow but it’s got melodrama action sex drugs and a delicious 80s soundtrack. It’s just a cheesy and wondrous ride, but it also has heart and soul. One man’s ambitions came at a price … but he never sacrificed his identity. Cruise is good as always.
The Small World of Sammy Lee
In recent years this Soho-set thriller has gained acclaim and one of Anthony Newley's best performances as a Jewish strip club compère who must raise the gambling debt he owes to a gangster in a few hours or face death… a true Soho and British new wave film! I love it so much I wrote a book about it.
Splendor in the Grass
One of the best melodramas of all time - a sweeping romantic and social saga set during the Great Depression and one of Natalie Woods' best performances.
Shadow of a Doubt
It may be Hitchcock’s favourite but it’s warranted for its crisp execution and clean suspense in this small town thriller - Joseph Cotton is perfection as the sinister and lovable Uncle Charlie. There is nothing to fault about this film, and filmmakers today are clearly influenced by its aesthetic style.
One of Merchant Ivory’s best and winner of best adapted screenplay it is British emigre filmmaking as its peak - sumptuous set pieces and performances from the best of Britain and a period drama done proper.
Anatomy of a Murder
A far too overlooked precursor to true crime we see so common today a murder case so convoluted and brilliant fun - as James Stewart gives a ridiculously incredibly underrated performance as a fishing drinking law man.
A heartwarming tale and a film so poignant… indicative of the golden era of mainland Chinese filmmaking - you will be bawling your eyes out for weeks to come.
West Side Story
The best filmed musical of all time. The choreography remains exquisite, visceral… the testament of youth.
La MEGLIO GIOVENTÙ
Sweeping historical drama in two parts following two brothers through their lives and Italian history. It’s a tear-jerking and gorgeous film that resonates deeply in our time now.
It was such a great honour to be invited to fill in this poll for the first time, and such a difficult task. I hope these films are some reflection of the immense and incredibly diverse best films of all time there really are…