ALICE IN THE CITIES Wim Wenders' portait of an unlikely friendship between a photographer and a young girl is the choice of Walter Salles, the director of Linha De Passe and The Motorcycle Diaries, who calls it "sublime and unique". Listen again to his comments.
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ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN Alan J Pakula's drama about the investigation that uncovered the Watergate scandal was one of the major inspirations for Frost/Nixon scribe Peter Morgan.
AND SOON THE DARKNESS
This British thriller about two girls on a cycling holiday in France is the choice of novelist Jonathan Coe, who regards it as one of the best examples of the wave of British psycholigical chillers made in the late 60s and early 70s.
BADLANDS Terrence Malick's stunning debut was chosen by Jeremy Thomas, the producer of Eureka, The Last Emperor and The Naked Lunch, who describes it as a "perfect film full of creativity, modesty and emotion".
Stanley Kubrick's stunning adaptation of Thackeray's novel was a major influence on The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford and its director Andrew Dominik, who has seen the film at least once every year.
THE BILL DOUGLAS TRILOGY
The autobiographical series about the Scottish film-maker's upbringing is the choice of Duane Hopkins, the director of Better Things, who says they're as good as anything made by Robert Bresson or the French New Wave.
The Hollywood comedy about the Jamaican bobsleigh team who entered the Olympics is the choice of writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who believes that it's one of the great screenplays of all time, and one of cinema's best sporting movies.
FEAR EATS THE SOUL A major influence on Hanif Kureishi, Fassbinder's tale of a Moroccan immigrant's love affair with a West German cleaning lady is one of the first, and most important, European films about racism and multi-culturalism.
FITZCARRALDO/BURDEN OF DREAMS
Baz Lurhmann, the director of Moulin Rouge and Australia, is "just crazy about the Fitzcarraldo documentary Burden Of Dreams". The behind-the-scenes study of Werner Herzog's odyssey in the Amazon jungle made Lurhmann "excited about making an epic on location"
FOUR MONTHS, THREE WEEKS AND TWO DAYS
Stephen Frears recommends the film he chose as President of the Cannes Jury in 2007 - a "stunning", "powerful" thriller about a woman seeking an abortion in 1980's Romania
THE HIRELING Alan Bridges' adaptation of L.P. Hartley's novel shared the main prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973, but is unjustly neglected nowadays, according to The Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw, who calls it "a little gem of a movie".
IN A LONELY PLACE
Adrian Wootton, director of the Crime Scene Festival, says this is one of the best film noirs ever made, about a doomed romance between alcoholic screenwriter Humphrey Bogart and starlet Gloria Grahame
KISS ME STUPID Billy Wilder's cynical take on human nature stars Dean Martin as a singer called Dino who's lured into a honey-trap by aspiring song-writers. The film wasn't a hit, but David Thomson believes that it repays repeat viewing.
THE PASSENGER An alternative choice from Walter Salles, who also recommends Blow Up and Zabriksie Point. They form what Salles calls Antonioni's trilogy on identity - the loss of identity (Blow Up) , the change of identity (The Passenger) and the implosion of identity (Zabriskie Point) - "wonderful films we tend to forget."
This counter-culture romance stars Bruce Robinson, the creator of Withnail And I, and was directed by Barney Platts-Mills, who Matthew Sweet describes as one of the great forgotten directors of British cinema.
RAISING ARIZONA The Coen Brothers' cult classic is the choice of Simon Pegg because it's the movie that made him realise that the camera can be just as important as the script and performance in film comedy.
RASHOMON Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece which introduced Western audiences to Japanese cinema was chosen by film-maker Richard Jobson who describes it as "full of dazzling technique that defined a new type of acting".
THE RED BALLOON Chosen by Sir Alan Parker and Terence Davies, this short film about a boy and his balloon is beautiful in its simplicity, according to Parker, and Davies claims he would trade all his movies to make The Red Balloon, which is "utterly perfect".
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
This gripping adaptation of Harper Lee's novel is the choice of actor Toby Jones, the star of Infamous, W. and The Mist, who particularly recommends the performance of Gregory Peck as both a parent and a parent of the community.
THE WAY WE WERE
"The perfect love story", according to novelist and critic Norman Le Brecht, who calls the Barbara Streisand/Robert Redford weepie a "great work of economy and therefore a great work of art."
Listen again to his comments here.
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