Paula Guthat

Cinema Detroit/TCM Party

Voted for

Casablanca1942Michael Curtiz
Cléo from 5 to 71962Agnès Varda
Out of the Past1947Jacques Tourneur
The Best Years of Our Lives1946William Wyler
Lady Bird2017Greta Gerwig
Parasite2019Bong Joon-ho
Moonlight2016Barry Jenkins
The Apartment1960Billy Wilder
Black Narcissus1947Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Strangers on a Train1951Alfred Hitchcock



1942 USA

Romance, comedy, drama, and the bad guys lose. It's a beautiful friendship.

Cléo from 5 to 7

1962 France, Italy

Varda effectively captures two hours in the life of a woman under pressure so that something so specific becomes universal.

Out of the Past

1947 USA

The apotheosis of the film noir style, with the quintessential fall guy and femme fatale. "Baby I don't care"

The Best Years of Our Lives

1946 USA

A deceptively simple film with extraordinary performances and direction so subtle you forget it's there, fusing content and form into one beautiful whole.

Lady Bird

2017 USA

A revolutionary film in many ways. Lady Bird loses her virginity and it's no big deal...nothing bad happens and no one hassles her about it. A very rare thing in movies.


2019 Republic of Korea

A very appropriate parable for our time, illustrating how the have-nots fight each other for the crumbs from the haves' table.


2016 USA

Quite close to being perfect.

The Apartment

1960 USA

The master's greatest work, a bouquet in a garbage heap

Black Narcissus

1947 United Kingdom

P & P created an entire world in a studio, with a garden for a jungle, and paintings on glass for a sky,, tapping into all sorts of emotions, with Deborah Kerr at the center, trying to hold it together.

Strangers on a Train

1951 USA

Compulsively watchable.