Top 10s

Andrew Loog Oldham’s Top 10

Andrew Loog Oldham’s Top 10

Andrew Loog Oldham was the manager of the Rolling Stones and Marianne Faithfull from 1963–1967. In 1965, he started Immediate Records, one of the first independent labels in the UK, where he worked with such artists as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Nico, Jimmy Page, the Small Faces, Rod Stewart, and more. He is the author of four memoirs, Stoned (1998), 2Stoned (2001), Rolling Stoned (2011), and Stone Free (2013). He loves movies, and as you can see, he’s particularly fond of French neonoir.

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    1.
    Sweet Smell of Success

    Alexander Mackendrick

    This film, along with Expresso Bongo, for good or bad, helped shape my life into what it became. At the time I had no idea of the significance of it being filmed in the Brill Building. Suddenly, thanks to Sidney Falco, it was okay to hustle, it was okay to try and find a way out.

  • Army of Shadows

    2.
    Army of Shadows

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    Our parents never explain the war. We are asked without words to pay lip service to their sacrifice. Army of Shadows puts a face on the story. Never mind the long tracking shots; Melville takes you there.

  • Le samouraï

    3.
    Le samouraï

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    We should all be this alone. Alone as a way of life, a forecaster of how life finally works out. Delon is the practice run. Pay attention!

  • Les cousins

    4.
    Les cousins

    Claude Chabrol

    Another life changer. I first saw this at the Everyman Cinema in Hampstead, London, when I was sixteen. Jean-Claude Brialy had verve, and an English sports car. I wanted both!

  • Breathless

    5.
    Breathless

    Jean-Luc Godard

    A great example of cinema-to-be. The nonchalance, the free form. So much cinema from so many decades owes a nod to the tricks in this one.

  • Touchez pas au grisbi

    6.
    Touchez pas au grisbi

    Jacques Becker

    I just like the night, the mood, Sami Frey, the cars, Gabin, the double-breasted suits, the quiet urgency and . . . the night.

  • Le cercle rouge

    7.
    Le cercle rouge

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    Classic noir droll flick.

  • The Battle of Algiers

    8.
    The Battle of Algiers

    Gillo Pontecorvo

    I was watching a geezer on Charlie Rose last night. John something, lectures in universities on war, uprisings, terrorism, torture, how governments become the terrorists, the pendulum of life and death. John something still uses this film to explain all before they discuss waterboarding. This film is the guv’ner.

  • La haine

    9.
    La haine

    Mathieu Kassovitz

    A more realistic now Clockwork Orange.

  • Brief Encounter

    10.
    Brief Encounter

    David Lean

    The wonderful fragility of civility and feelings.