Clare Kitson

Author, ‘British Animation: the Channel 4 Factor’ and ‘Yuri Norstein and Tale of Tales: an Animator’s Journey’, and former commissioning editor for animation at Channel 4

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Band Wagon, The

1953

Vincente Minnelli

Breakfast on the grass

1987

Priit Pärn

Dimensions of Dialogue

1982

Jan Svankmajer

His Wife is a Hen

1989

Igor Kovalyov

Mirror

1974

Andrei Tarkovsky

No End

1984

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Some Like It Hot

1959

Billy Wilder

Tale of Tales, A

1979

Yuri Norstein

Welcome, or No Trespassing

1964

Elem Klimov

Wrong Trousers, The

1993

Nick Park

Comments

It’s an impossible task, of course, but starting from a totally disparate longlist I’ve trimmed it down to ten that still look mad but do actually represent the two areas of cinema that have given me the most pleasure and excitement over the years. One set are finely crafted comedies and are mostly, but not exclusively, from Hollywood. The other is a group of Soviet Bloc films that use a variety of means to tell us how things worked or didn’t work there. Klimov manages to straddle both groups. Some animation, but sadly no animated feature has yet given me the thrill I’ve had from the best live action features and the best animated shorts.

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