Unique, brilliant, fantastic! I love this movie!
The Battle of Algiers
I was twenty-four years old when I made my first film, Pusher (about the Danish drug underworld), and for it I stole everything I could, both visually and technically, from this film and Cannibal Holocaust.
Carl Th. Dreyer
Vampyr has always reminded me of a mysterious dream I once had when I was very little. The film has always stayed with me. I watch it before I make every film, and yet it still remains a mystery to me.
The Night of the Hunter
The Night of the Hunter is a perfect example of the strength of cinema, in which an image can say a thousand words, whereas in literature a word cannot show a thousand images.
This film is a great mixture of sex and violence.
Flesh for Frankenstein
Flesh for Frankenstein is the only film I’ve ever wished that I had made.
Sweet Smell of Success
In its perfect combination of directing, writing, cinematography, music, sound, and acting, this film is pure cinema.
My Life as a Dog
I saw this film with my mother when I was very young. It’s the only movie aside from It’s a Wonderful Life during which I’ve cried because I was happy.
Beauty and the Beast
Branded to Kill
Hossein Amini’s Top 10
The Iranian-British Hossein Amini received an Academy Award nomination for his 1997 screenplay adaptation of Henry James’s The Wings of the Dove and wrote the screenplays for Jude (1995), The Four Feathers (2002), and Drive (2011).
William Friedkin’s Top 10
“I discovered Criterion in the late eighties with the laserdisc of Citizen Kane, which I still watch,” writes director William Friedkin, whose films include The French Connection, The Exorcist, Sorcerer, and 2011’s Killer Joe.