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


Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Band Wagon, The


Vincente Minnelli

Breakfast on the grass


Priit Pärn

Dimensions of Dialogue


Jan Svankmajer

His Wife is a Hen


Igor Kovalyov



Andrei Tarkovsky

No End


Krzysztof Kieslowski

Some Like It Hot


Billy Wilder

Tale of Tales, A


Yuri Norstein

Welcome, or No Trespassing


Elem Klimov

Wrong Trousers, The


Nick Park


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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