The following list is of Mike's favourite films particularly in respect of cinematography, technical expertise and creativity.
Third Man 1949
the greatest entry of an actor into a film / classic usage of Deutsch angle
Seven Samurai 1954
a true masterpiece
Citizen Kane 1941
an encyclopaedia of camera techniques
In the Heat of the Night 1967
acting at its best
Solaris 1972 USSR + remake 2002
Good Bad & Ugly 1966
a music lesson understanding the marriage of Vison and Morricone
Schindler's List 1993
why we may still shoot B&W
Blade Runner 1982
great set design
Alexander Nevsky 1938
a classic propaganda film of these times.
a lesson in the editorial pace
Das Boot 1981
an education in the power of the original language…always to use subtitles.
visual story telling…with a warning
Paper Moon 1973
demonstrating even the young can deliver a perfect performance
Midnight Cowboy 1969
Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman - you need no others!
early cinema lessons of building story & suspence
400 Blows 1959
trapped between past and future
difficult to describe as a favourite due to subject matter, but surely the finest visual historic documentation by Claude Lanzmann of a dark era.