Fellini is my favorite director, and this brilliant movie is one of my inspirations.
Juliet of the Spirits
Haunting and magical. The way that Fellini dealt with Juliet’s dreams, subconscious, relationships, and the church—I had never seen anything like it.
I adore Jean-Luc Godard’s early films. Stylish, contemporary, and innovative, this is one of his best—and Brigitte Bardot, well!
Fanny and Alexander: Theatrical Version
I thought that this was one of Ingmar Bergman and cinematographer Sven Nykvist’s most beautiful and haunting films.
The Battle of Algiers
The first time I saw this film, it felt so real it was frightening. I watched it again recently, and it is an amazing piece of filmmaking, still relevant and possibly even more frightening.
This film is a comic delight. Sturges is a master. Veronica Lake is unforgettable.
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
I Know Where I’m Going!
I remember being thrilled by the way this film begins. Actually, the whole movie is charming. Michael Powell is one of the best.
Jules and Jim
My introduction to the French new wave. The way Truffaut dealt with relationships seemed so different. Jeanne Moreau is magical.
D. A. Pennebaker
Great documentaries happen when the filmmaker is lucky enough to be there at the rare moment in time when things are changing. Monterey Pop captures the music but also that innocent moment in the sixties.
David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin
A classic direct-cinema documentary drama made with ordinary people, it demonstrated for me, early on, that even without celebrities documentaries can be as compelling as any fiction film.
Phil Rosenthal’s Top 10
Born in Queens, New York, American television writer and producer Phil Rosenthal is best known as the creator of the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran on CBS for nine seasons.
Tracy Letts’s Top 10
Tracy Letts is an American playwright, screenwriter, and actor. He received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama for August: Osage County and a Tony Award for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Richard Hell’s Top 10
Richard Hell was a founding member of the early CBGB bands Television, the Heartbreakers, and Richard Hell & the Voidoids. His Voidoids album Blank Generation (Sire, 1977) is generally acknowledged as seminal to “punk.”
Brian Raftery’s Top 10
The year 1999 may be this culture critic’s favorite in Hollywood history (he just wrote a book on the subject!), but the Criterion films he holds most dear span a number of different eras.