Tony Macklin

University of Dayton; Las Vegas Film Critics Society,


Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey


Stanley Kubrick



Roman Polanski

Citizen Kane


Orson Welles

dolce vita, La


Federico Fellini

General, The


Buster Keaton

Gold Rush, The


Charles Chaplin

Insider, The


Michael Mann

Jules et Jim


François Truffaut



George Stevens



Alfred Hitchcock


Citizen Kane was my top choice in Sight & Sound 40 years ago. It still is – emphatically. I could pick ten Hitchcock films as the entire best ten – Vertigo makes it here. Eloquent silent comedy like The Gold Rush must endure. Buster prevails in The General. Jules et Jim is unique and provocative, and the letter sequences still resonate today – ‘snail mail’ letters may be archaic in the land of tweets, but miscommunication still is universal and rampant. La Dolce Vita brings together Fellini (a great humanist and social critic), Mastroianni and alienation. Humanity – and its loss. Classic. Stanley Kubrick and I had a thing going. He was very generous to me about my reviews of his films. I have chosen 2001: A Space Odyssey here. Chinatown is potent, personal cinema and clever, meaningful dualities. I find it the most rewarding film to teach. My last two choices could be any of 20 films. Come back, Shane. I searched (pun intended) and remembered Shane. Although I realise purists might frown, I love the myth in Shane. It takes me back to my boyhood, when Alan Ladd (just ahead of Huntz Hall) was my favorite actor. Films and youth forever. The Insider is Mann’s paean to integrity. It has a terrific cast – Pacino, Crowe, Plummer et al – and canny direction. I relate to Lowell at the end when he walks out of the door – leaving behind his old world of rules and capitulation.

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