Top 10s

Christa Lang-Fuller’s Top 10

Christa Lang-Fuller’s Top 10

Author and actor Christa Lang-Fuller married director Samuel Fuller in 1967. In 1981, they founded Chrisam Films, which Lang-Fuller has continued to run since her husband’s death, in 1997. She coedited Fuller’s autobiography, A Third Face, for Random House and is currently writing a new book and working on two screenplays. She has one daughter by Fuller, Samantha, a glass artist and actor, and a granddaughter, Samira, eight years old. They are all big film buffs.

  • Children of Paradise

    1.
    Children of Paradise

    Marcel Carné

    Marcel Carné’s masterpiece, starring the unforgettable Jean-Louis Barrault and the divine Arletty.

  • The Rules of the Game

    2.
    The Rules of the Game

    Jean Renoir

    Jean Renoir’s exposé of French bourgeois hypocrisy—always a great subject!

  • Luis Buñuel’s take on hypocrisy.

  • Pickpocket

    4.
    Pickpocket

    Robert Bresson

    To be viewed with Pickup on South Street. Samuel Fuller originally wanted to use the same title as Bresson’s film.

  • The Tin Drum

    5.
    The Tin Drum

    Volker Schlöndorff

    Volker Schlöndorff’s brilliant adaptation of the great Günter Grass novel.

  • The Marriage of Maria Braun

    6.
    The Marriage of Maria Braun

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    I love the whole BRD trilogy for Fassbinder’s truthful rendering of the German psyche after World War II devastation and post–Marshall Plan de-Nazification, and for the great parts that he offered to his female actors. Being a teenager in the fifties, in Germany, I left for Paris to avoid being sucked into the materialistic obsession displayed here.

  • Alphaville

    7.
    Alphaville

    Jean-Luc Godard

    It has not aged a bit, and it contains my cinema debut, albeit in a small role. And the great Akim Tamiroff gets to die on me! An unforgettable experience. My daughter loves the way I pickpocket Tamiroff while taking his coat off.

  • Contempt

    8.
    Contempt

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Brigitte Bardot has never been better. The way Jack Palance’s producer brilliantly humiliates Michel Piccoli’s writer, who tries to hold on to his pride, rings a bell. Plus, our friend Fritz Lang as the director . . . Sacré Jean-Luc!

  • M

    9.
    M

    Fritz Lang

    Anguish and hope, and Peter Lorre’s sterling performance.

  • The Naked Kiss

    10.
    The Naked Kiss

    Samuel Fuller

  • Shock Corridor

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    Shock Corridor

    Samuel Fuller

    Something’s to be said for the Bicameral Mind. Kill the Pig and the Gods will commune through the head on the pole. I think I’m getting Lasik—just in case the veneer shatters.