Directors favourite films

Projector.jpgWant to know what some of the influencial (and not so influencial) names in film making think are their top movies are? Well the Independent online newspaper through Cinematical has a story highlighting the film-makers top tens included in John Walker’s ‘Halliwell’s Top 1000’ published in June.

It’s quite an interesting read, just to see what influences the movie makers themselves. I’m just going to list all their number ones (no joke intended), go and check out the article and see what you think (you might have to cut and paste the story into something that will interpret the HTML, otherwise it’s not too readble) then come back here and let’s have a discussion about them.

QUENTIN TARANTINO: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone, 1966)
TIM ROBBINS: The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1965)
PAUL VERHOEVEN: La Dolce Vita (Fellini, 1960)
GILLIAN ARMSTRONG: Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI: La Règle du Jeu (Renoir, 1939)
JOHN BOORMAN: Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
JIM JARMUSCH: L’Atalante (Vigo, 1934)
MILOS FORMAN: Amarcord (Fellini, 1973)
CATHERINE BREILLAT: Ai No Corrida (Oshima, 1976)
CAMERON CROWE: The Apartment (Wilder, 1960)
SAM MENDES: Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
LUKAS MOODYSSON: Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948)
MIKE NEWELL: The Apartment (Wilder, 1960)
TERRY JONES: Annie Hall (Allen, 1977)
MICHAEL MANN: Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
KEN LOACH: A Bout de Souffle (Godard, 1959)
SIDNEY LUMET: The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler, 1946)

Is it quite telling that looking at the dates the oldest movie is 1979? Tim Robbins gives his ten spot to Waiting for Guffman (Guest, 1996), and the most mentioned film seems to be Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958). Good choices? Surprises for anyone? Why are there no newer movies in there, what do you think the reasons are?

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