Michael Newton


Voted for

Seven Samurai1954Akira Kurosawa
Trois couleurs rouge1994Krzysztof Kieslowski
Le notti di Cabiria1957Federico Fellini
Bicycle Thieves1948Vittorio De Sica
Les Enfants du paradis1945Marcel Carné
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp1943Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Charade1963Stanley Donen
It's a Wonderful Life1947Frank Capra
The Third Man1949Carol Reed
The Apartment1960Billy Wilder


Trois couleurs rouge


Really, I'd like to choose 'Dekalog' here - but that's in ten parts, and a TV series ... and this last film in the trilogy moves me so very much.

Les Enfants du paradis

1945 France

Love is so simple (to quote a phrase)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

1943 United Kingdom

This list of my top ten films could include three or four more by Powell and Pressburger (and another couple more by Fellini) - but this one was my first love, so to speak - and it's a great movie about England's entwinement with Europe.


1963 USA

Because it stars both Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, the two most beautiful and loveable of all the Hollywood starts. And because, aged ten, this film summed up glamour and elegance (and Paris) - and more than forty years later, it still does.

The Apartment

1960 USA

Shut up and deal.

Further remarks

It sad to have to miss out Rohmer, Tarkovsky, Lubitsch, or Whit Stillman - but it was too hard in each case to narrow their work down to one film. And no 'A Man Escaped', no 'Fanny and Alexander', no 'Tokyo Story'... but the ten films chosen I have loved for years and never tire of watching them. Put together it strikes me how melancholy they all are - and how complex, consoling and joyful too.