David Hare

Strapless; Paris By Night

UK

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

1963

Federico Fellini

Battle of Algiers, The

1966

Gillo Pontecorvo

Heimat

Edgar Reitz

Plaisir, Le

1951

Max Ophüls

Summer Interlude

1950

Ingmar Bergman

Sweet Smell of Success

1957

Alexander Mackendrick

Third Man, The

1949

Carol Reed

Umberto D

1952

Vittorio de Sica

Vanya on 42nd Street

1994

Louis Malle

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

I’ve tried to select the best things from each of many different traditions: only one is what you would call a British film, though I’ve also included the only two British directors in the history of film ever to do their best work in Hollywood – Hitchcock and MacKendrick. Early Bergman, remember, is even better than late. Heimat is my nod to the long form, which is we can all see is now taking over from the short. All these films either exist outside genre or re-invent it.

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