Nasreen Munni Kabir

Scholar and documentary filmmaker

India/UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Andaaz

1949

Mehboob Khan

Awaara

1951

Raj Kapoor

Cloud-Capped Star, The

1960

Ritwik Ghatak

Devdas

1955

Bimal Roy

Music Room, The

1958

Satyajit Ray

Pickpocket

1959

Robert Bresson

Pyaasa

1957

Guru Dutt

Singin' in the Rain

1951

Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly

Sunset Blvd.

1950

Billy Wilder

Third Man, The

1949

Carol Reed

Comments

All these films are from the period 1949-60, which I find particularly brilliant all over the world. Most audiences in the West aren’t aware that it was also a golden period in Indian cinema. The Indian films in this selection do not feature on many lists of great movies – but they might if better known.

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