Rachel Dwyer

Professor Emerita of Indian Cultures and Cinema

Voted for

Pather Panchali1955Satyajit Ray
AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY1977Manmohan Desai
Paddington 22017Paul King
The Godfather1972Francis Ford Coppola
The Battle of Algiers1966Gillo Pontecorvo
Pyaasa1957Guru Dutt
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
MADHUMATI1958Bimal Roy
Pakeezah1972Kamal Amrohi
Baahubali The Beginning2015S.S. Rajamouli


Pather Panchali

1955 India

It is hard to choose a single film by Satyajit Ray but this, his first film, is dear to everyone.


1977 India

This crazy film exemplifies the 'masala' movie of Hindi cinema in the 1970s. Multiple stars, emotions, great songs, melodrama and fun.

Paddington 2

2017 France, United Kingdom, Luxembourg

Good behaviour will be rewarded. Paddington shows us a London we all wished we lived in - kind, generous, open and supportive. The mixing of film genres and great gags as the adorable bear takes on Hugh Grant as the vile Phoenix Buchanan is a delight to audiences of all ages. No wonder the Queen carries a marmalade sandwich in her handbag.