Maria M Delgado

Academic, QMUL

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

All About My Mother

1999

Pedro Almodóvar

Breathless

1960

Jean-Luc Godard

chien andalou, Un

1928

Luis Buñuel

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

Headless Woman, The

2008

Lucrecia Martel

Orphée

1950

Jean Cocteau

Some Like It Hot

1959

Billy Wilder

Spirit of the Beehive, The

1973

Víctor Erice

Tokyo Story

1953

Ozu Yasujirô

Wizard of Oz, The

1939

Victor Fleming

Comments

These are unashamedly the ten films that have made the most impact on me both intellectually and emotionally. The reasons are varied. The Wizard of Oz was the first film I saw as a child and the first film seen by own son; it’s part of my DNA. Orphée and Spirit of the Beehive embody the experiences of exile, persecution and loss that beset my own family in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. I adore the formalism of The Headless Woman, the pared-down aesthetic of Tokyo Story, the narrative power of All About My Mother, the street chic of A bout de soufflé and the provocative energy of Un chien andalou. And Some Like It Hot just never stops making me laugh.

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