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Old 02-20-03, 03:49 PM
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Directors Favorite Movies (Kubrick’s Top Ten)

I ran into a list of Kubrick’s 10 favorite movies while perusing the Kubrick FAQ (http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/). Since there’s been so many “best” of and favorite movie lists posted lately I thought Kubrick’s personal picks might be of interest to some members.

I would enjoy seeing what movies other directors have selected as their favorites if anyone has links.

Per the Kubrick FAQ (http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/faq/index3.html)...
In 1963 he [Kubrick] was asked by the US publication Cinema to compile a list of his favourite films They were:
1. I Vitelloni (Federico Fellini, 1953),
2. Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman, 1958),
3. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941),
4. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948),
5. City Lights (Charles Chaplin, 1931),
6. Henry V (Laurence Olivier, 1945),
7. La Notte (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961),
8. The Bank Dick (W.C. Fields, 1940),
9. Roxie Hart (William Wellman, 1942),
10. Hell's Angels (Howard Hughes, 1930).


His Daughter (Katharina Kubrick-Hobbs) provides additional insight....
For the record, I happen to know that he liked:
* Closely Observed Trains- (Jiri Menzel, 1966)
* An American Werewolf in London (John Landis, 1981)
* The Fireman's Ball (Milos Forman, 1967)
* Metropolis (Fritz Lang , 1926)
* Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, 1973)
* White Men Can't Jum (Ron Shelton, 1992)
* Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau,1946)
* The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
* Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
* Dog-day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet , 1975)
* One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman, 1975)
* Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
* Abigail's Party (Mike Leigh, 1979)
* Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme , 1991)
and I know that he hated "The Wizard of Oz" Ha Ha!
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Thanks, that's a great compliation.
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9. Roxie Hart (William Wellman, 1942)

I wish he could have lived to see Chicago.
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Here's another neat list. It's a mishmash of directors and critics, but it includes several directors (many now deceased) not on the BFI list like Greenaway, Godard, the Coens, Fellini, Chaplin, Bunuel, Kieslowski, and Wilder.

http://www.combustiblecelluloid.com/faves.shtml
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Originally posted by Drexl
9. Roxie Hart (William Wellman, 1942)

I wish he could have lived to see Chicago.
I don't think he would have liked it. Not cynical enough

I wonder what the hell he liked about White Men Can't Jump?

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Great to see An American Werewolf in London among that list of classics.
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Re: Directors Favorite Movies (Kubrick’s Top Ten)

Originally posted by audrey


His Daughter (Katharina Kubrick-Hobbs) provides additional insight....
For the record, I happen to know that he liked:

* White Men Can't Jum (Ron Shelton, 1992)
WHAT??? How did he like White Men Can't Jump and not Good Burger? The travesty!

BTW, I wonder what he would have thought of "Steven King's The Shining"
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Re: Re: Directors Favorite Movies (Kubrick’s Top Ten)

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BTW, I wonder what he would have thought of "Steven King's The Shining"
I think that's what killed him
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Re: Re: Directors Favorite Movies (Kubrick’s Top Ten)

Originally posted by ryuryu2949
WHAT??? How did he like White Men Can't Jump and not Good Burger? The travesty!

BTW, I wonder what he would have thought of "Steven King's The Shining"
About Good Burger:

1. Considering that it was released in 1997, we don't know if his daughter found out that he liked it (assuming he did ) before he died less than two years later.

2. Just because his daughter didn't mention it, that doesn't mean he didn't like it. After all, surely he must have liked more films than were on the two lists. For example, he really liked The Decalogue, and that wasn't mentioned.

About The Shining:

Even if he did like it, he probably would have said he didn't just because King didn't like his version.
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Here is Andrei Tarkovsky's Top Ten :

1. Le Journal d'un curé de campagne
2. Winter Light
3. Nazarin
4. Wild Strawberries
5. City Lights
6. Ugetsu Monogatari
7. Seven Samurai
8. Persona
9. Mouchette
10. Woman in the Dunes

(I'm surprised there are ten movies that he actually liked )
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Originally posted by Pants
I wonder what the hell he liked about White Men Can't Jump?
I assume that Kubrick, like many people, enjoyed a cheesy title now and then. I know I do.
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great list IMO! (minus the white men can't jump) i still need to see wild strawberries though!

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I love Luis Bunuel's list:

1. Underworld (1927)
2. The Gold Rush (1925)
3. The Bicycle Thief (1949)
4. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
5. Portrait of Jennie (1948)
6. Cavalcade (1933)
7. White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)
8. Dead of Night (1945)
9. L'Age d'Or (1930) <— directed by Bunuel
10. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
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Originally posted by sundog
I love Luis Bunuel's list:

1. Underworld (1927)
2. The Gold Rush (1925)
3. The Bicycle Thief (1949)
4. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
5. Portrait of Jennie (1948)
6. Cavalcade (1933)
7. White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)
8. Dead of Night (1945)
9. L'Age d'Or (1930) <— directed by Bunuel
10. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
lol, That's Great! I knew there was a reason I worshipped Bunuel. I don't think there is anything wrong with thinking one of the films you've made is one of your favorites.
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