Catherine Wheatley

Lecturer, Film Studies, King's College London

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Au Hasard Balthazar

1966

Robert Bresson

Beau Travail

1998

Claire Denis

Brief Encounter

1945

David Lean

Gold Rush, The

1925

Charles Chaplin

In a Lonely Place

1950

Nicholas Ray

In The Mood For Love

2000

Wong Kar Wai

Mulholland Dr

2001

David Lynch

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Searchers, The

1956

John Ford

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

My highly subjective criteria was that: 1) I had to think a film was in some way significant enough to show it to my students; and 2) if I switched on the TV – no matter how late at night or what deadlines were pressing – I would be unable to stop watching. There were quite a few I could have included from 1998-2001 – interestingly the period during which I was an undergraduate and falling in love with film for the first time.

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