presenter, Sound of Cinema, BBC Radio 3
|Some Like It Hot
|The Holy Mountain
|Na srebrnym globie
|Went the Day Well?
|The Music Box
|Fear Eats the Soul
|Rainer Werner Fassbinder
|The Third Man
|À bout de souffle
This film is nearly a century old. It is also a film from the future. I've seen it three times. For those three screenings, I know exactly where I was and who came with me. Will I see it a fourth time? Maybe not. I don't want to see it unless it's properly projected with a live orchestral accompaniment.
Some Like It Hot
This is the only film in which I would consent to live. It's a work of limitless generosity.
Vertigo lives up to its name. Every time I see it I am ill with it.
The Holy Mountain
A profane, visionary masterpiece.
Na srebrnym globie
Unfinished. Unfinishable, maybe. Its gaps and brokennesses leave space for us to dream and speculate. They also make it a heroic artefact of cinema. Each time I see it, I feel I could be watching something that was really shot on an alien planet.
Went the Day Well?
A film to help you decide whether your country is worth fighting for.
The Music Box
It's a description of life. I may watch this on my deathbed, I think it would be consoling and truthful.
Fear Eats the Soul
A profound love story. Fassbinder shows us where beauty lies in an ugly and brutal world.
The Third Man
A film that explains the twentieth century.
À bout de souffle
So stylish, it compels you to try and live up to it. It compelled me to go to Paris to find the spot where Jean-Paul Belmondo falls.
I think this will be a watershed year for the poll. When it began it was a mechanism for agreeing a canon, almost in the religious sense, because films were not so easy to see, and most of us simply had to accept the word of the panel. Now we can see almost anything we like - and the poll will reflect that plenitude. And new swathes of the past keep opening up to us. I think there are no lost continents anymore. It's a great time to love the movies.