Three Movie Lovers and Their Ten Movie Picks

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 
Three movie lovers met over the winter holidays and challenged each other to select ten of their top movies of all time. I may have mentioned before that my husband and my brother are even bigger movie buffs than I am, and they certainly are better film connoseuires. My husband used to write the film guest posts here on the blog and my brother is the first one whom I heard say “I love films too much to write film critique, and even film reviews” – he also never leaves the cinema theater before all the credits have rolled out at the end of a movie, out of respect for everyone involved in making the film. One of their best traits when it comes to movies is that they are both incredibly open minded, something that I, I admit, sometimes lack. Needless to say, their opinions on the subject of cinema are the ones I value most – and just to give you an idea about their knowledge and passion, I will tell you that the only other ones I sometimes read and always value are Roger Ebert’s and François Truffaut’s. And that’s because they, too, loved movies.

So these are ten unabashedly subjective favourites, in no particular order, of each one of us: first one below – my brother’s, the second one – my husband’s, the third one – mine. We saw each other’s lists only after everyone had completed his/her own. And all of us agreed that it was difficult to choose just ten films, and that we should have extended our selection to twenty. Maybe we will soon.
Los olvidados 1950 
City Lights, 1931 (Charlie Chaplin)
2001 A Space Odyssey, 1968 (Stanley Kubrick)
Chinatown, 1974 (Roman Polanski)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948 (John Huston)
Mulholland Drive, 2001 (David Lynch)
Los olvidados, 1950 (Luis Buñuel)
Blow-Up, 1966 (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Ugetsu Monogatari, 1953 (Kenji Mizoguchi)
The Place Beyond the Pines, 2012 (Derek Cianfrance)
Nashville, 1975 (Robert Altman)
Ugetsu Monogatari 
Le Trou, 1960 (Jacques Becker)
Vertigo, 1958 (Alfred Hitchcock)
Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler, 1922 (Fritz Lang)
A Ship Bound for India, 1947 (Ingmar Bergman)
Ivan’s Childhood, 1962 (Andrei Tarkovski)
Belle de jour, 1967 (Luis Buñuel)
L’Avventura, 1960 (Michelangelo Antonioni)
La bête humaine, 1938 (Jean Renoir)
Seven Samurai, 1954 (Akira Kurosawa)
The Searchers, 1956 (John Ford)
A Ship Bound for India 
The Red Shoes, 1948 (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
In A Lonely Place, 1950 (Nicholas Ray)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948 (John Huston)
L’Avventura, 1960 (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Rear Window, 1954 (Alfred Hitchcock)
Der Himmel über Berlin, 1987 (Wim Wenders)
All the President’s Men, 1976 (Alan J. Pakula)
Ivan’s Childhood, 1962 (Andrei Tarkovski)
La grande illusion, 1937 (Jean Renoir)
Chinatown, 1974 (Roman Polanski)
Le trou 1960

photos: 1-The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Warner Brothers) / 2-Los olvidados (Ultramar Films) / 3-Ugetsu Monogatari (Daiei Studios)/ 4-A Ship Bound for India (Sveriges Folkbiografer) / 5-Le trou (Filmsonor/Play Art)

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