Nathalie Morris

Senior curator, Special Collections, BFI National Archive


Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

"I Know Where I'm Going!"


Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

All About Eve


Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Army of Shadows


Jean-Pierre Melville

Kind Hearts and Coronets


Robert Hamer

Listen to Britain


Humphrey Jennings/Stewart McAllister

Marie Antoinette


Sofia Coppola

Pandora's Box


G W Pabst



Geoffrey Jones



F. W. Murnau



Alfred Hitchcock


I’d like a Technicolor Powell and Pressburger film too but I should only choose one, so it has to be the haunting and romantic I Know Where I’m Going!. Snow is a small but perfectly formed piece of filmmaking, an exhilarating marriage of sound and image (and with trains and extreme weather conditions – what more could anyone want?). Marie Antoinette is much maligned but I think it’s beautifully made and its style perfectly suits its subject. Pandora’s Box = Louise Brooks, enough said (well, actually Pabst is a pretty brilliant director too). Kind Hearts and Coronets is my favourite Ealing film, like All About Eve, its sly wit makes me laugh. Sunrise is technically stunning and is silent filmmaking at its best. Listen to Britain is touching and poignant yet typically British in its understatement, while from its opening scene, L’Armee des ombres is both completely gripping and utterly bleak. It also has the most horrible murder scene ever. As with Powell and Pressburger, it’s hard to choose just one Hitchcock film, especially as selecting a Hollywood film means ignoring his incredible British output (or vice versa). If not Vertigo, I would probably have gone for The Lady Vanishes.

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