Phillip Bergson

Film Critic, Broadcaster, Lecturer and Script Analyst

Voted for

Some Like It Hot1959Billy Wilder
La dolce vita1960Federico Fellini
Cleopatra1963Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini1970Vittorio De Sica
Intolerance1916D.W. Griffith
The Purple Rose of Cairo1985Woody Allen
La Caduta degli Dei1969Luchino Visconti
Once upon a Time in America1983Sergio Leone
My Fair Lady1964George Cukor
The Producers1968Mel Brooks


Some Like It Hot

1959 USA

A delirious but dark period farce, immaculately paced and performed by Hollywood legends.

La dolce vita

1960 Italy, France

A satiric modern Roman epic, of its time and beyond time, holding a mirror up to society that changed the way society looked at itself.


1963 United Kingdom, USA

The historical epic that became a spectacular parable for modern celebrity.

Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini

1970 Italy, Federal Republic of Germany

The most elegant and exquisite elegy for some of those lost to the Holocaust.


1916 USA

The earliest but most innovative and ambitious of screen spectaculars.

The Purple Rose of Cairo

1985 USA

Heartbreaking tribute to the magic of the movies, mixing farce and metaphysics.

La Caduta degli Dei

1969 Italy, Switzerland, Federal Republic of Germany

Beguiling but shocking parable - and paradigm - for the rise of Nazism, in sumptuous decadent detail.

Once upon a Time in America

1983 USA, Italy

Epic gangster saga that becomes an unusual portrait of friendship and betrayal.

My Fair Lady

1964 USA

Immaculate transposition of a hit Broadway musical, retaining style wit and flair and some unforgettable

performances in a clever re-working of the myths of Pygmalion and Cinderella which has immortal charm.

The Producers

1968 USA

Although set in the slightly seedier world of Broadway theatre, this unforgettably performed farce is the

perfect allegory for the film-maker unwittingly transforming the failure of talent into box-office gold.

Further remarks

Painful to choose, omit and ignore, but I hope the final selections will make their way on to cinema screens however briefly when the poll is eventually published.