Top 10s

Tom Schnabel’s Top 10

Tom Schnabel’s Top 10

Music director at Los Angeles’s KCRW radio station, Tom Schnabel started the daily program Morning Becomes Eclectic in the 1980s, first bringing world music to U.S. radio with such artists as Buena Vista Social Club, Ravi Shankar, and Caetano Veloso. Schnabel is also currently the program adviser for the Hollywood Bowl and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

  • Trouble in Paradise

    1.
    Trouble in Paradise

    Ernst Lubitsch

    1. Witty, wonderful, wacky Lubitsch at his best. His daughter worked at KCRW!

  • La strada

    2.
    La strada

    Federico Fellini

    2. I always cry at the end, then go out for pasta and cheap red wine.

  • Children of Paradise

    3.
    Children of Paradise

    Marcel Carné

    3. You can hear J.-L. Barrault cry “Garance!” from the other side of the world.

  • M. Hulot’s Holiday

    4.
    M. Hulot’s Holiday

    Jacques Tati

    4. So funny I disrupted a screening with my laughter.

  • 5. The only thing better than this great movie is Buñuel’s autobiography, My Last Sigh.

  • The Wages of Fear

    6.
    The Wages of Fear

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    6. The suspense is mesmerizing, even paralyzing.

  • Woman in the Dunes

    7.
    Woman in the Dunes

    Hiroshi Teshigahara

    7. It’s as much an impressionist painting as it is a film.

  • Tokyo Olympiad

    8.
    Tokyo Olympiad

    Kon Ichikawa

    8. This great film was made back when Olympic athletes were regular folk.

  • Unfaithfully Yours

    9.
    Unfaithfully Yours

    Preston Sturges

    9. You’ll never watch a conductor the same way after seeing this great Preston Sturges film.

  • And God Created Woman

    10.
    And God Created Woman

    Roger Vadim

    10. I saw this movie as an adolescent in the late fifties, at the Bay Theatre in Pacific Palisades, and it made me feel strange things I’d never felt before . . . I also thought that Brigitte Bardot was the number-one sex kitten on earth.