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    Patrick McGoohan mentioned a couple of times in interviews that his 'favourite' film was It Happened One Night (1934). He also liked Back to the Future (1985) at the time......



    Anyone know their favourite film-maker's faves?




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    Michael Powell was a huge fan of silent cinema; the films of Rex Ingram in particular( he was apprenticed to him later, but he remained his hero), and those of Conrad Veidt he mentioned too, he was thrilled to work with him in 1939/40. There's also a nice interview transcript with MP by Kevin Brownlow about Chaplin's A Woman Of Paris, and what a breakthrough he thought it was, on the PAPAS website.

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    Hitchcock was an admirer of Goldfinger , at least the part with the shoot 'em up granny.



    Samuel Fuller's favourite film was John Ford's The Informer

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    name='penfold']Michael Powell was a huge fan of silent cinema; the films of Rex Ingram in particular( he was apprenticed to him later, but he remained his hero), and those of Conrad Veidt he mentioned too, he was thrilled to work with him in 1939/40. There's also a nice interview transcript with MP by Kevin Brownlow about Chaplin's A Woman Of Paris, and what a breakthrough he thought it was, on the PAPAS website.


    Michael Powell Interview: A Woman of Paris



    Powell often said that his favourite film was A Matter of Life and Death

    Emeric Pressburger said that his was The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp



    They both admired a lot of other films by other people though



    There are a lot of film-makers on the list of Famous Fans of Powell and Pressburger. Many of those cite individual P&P films as their favourites like Francis Coppola putting The Thief of Bagdad (1940) amongst his favourites and George A. Romero putting The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) amongst his favourites and the film that inspired him to get into film-making and realise that he could become a director



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    Talk show host Dick Cavett asked Orson Welles about his favorite movies and directors. He replied Jean Renoir and citing The Grand Illusion in particular. In his next visit, Welles modified his comments somewhat saying that Renoir actually made a couple of films that were even greater than "Illusion."

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    Stanley Kubrick loved "The Jerk."

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    And Alfred Hitchcock loved Smokey and the Bandit.

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    Marlon Brando was a huge fan of Charlie Chaplin.

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    name='batman']Marlon Brando was a huge fan of Charlie Chaplin.


    Though not so much when he worked on "Countess of Hong Kong" LOL



    I read an intervew where Brando claimed Chaplin was very nasty to his own son (and others on the set). Brando is said to have told the director: "I'm gonna shove this film up your ass frame by frame" or something to that effect.

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    name='Reeldigger']And Alfred Hitchcock loved Smokey and the Bandit.


    Actor Charles Napier also said Hitch was a fan of Russ Meyer's "Supervixens" (partially because of the "Psycho" parody in that film). Bet he didn't screen that one with Alma LOL

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    Martin Scorsese has said that John Ford`s The Searchers is his favourite whilst Speilberg has often cited Lawrence Of Arabia as being a big favourite of his.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barney View Post
    Martin Scorsese has said that John Ford`s The Searchers is his favourite ...
    One of his favourites

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    Quote Originally Posted by barney View Post
    Speilberg has often cited Lawrence Of Arabia as being a big favourite of his.
    Apparently it was the film that inspired him to become a director.
    Ta Ta
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    Lindsay Anderson liked John Ford films, particularly My Darling Clementine. He also liked the films of Humphrey Jennings

    Orson Welles also liked John Ford, except for Grapes of Wrath and How Green Was my Valley

    Derek Jarman loved the work of P & P but also liked Distant Voices and Terry Gilliam's Brazil

    Jacques Rivette likes a diverse selection of films from La Belle et la Bete and Europa 51, to Showgirls and Alien Resurrection

    Hitchcock also seems to have also enjoyed a wide array of films. Including Antonioni and Altman (except Nashville according to Karen Black).
    The only films he seems to have disliked were Brian DePalma's rather overblown Hitchcockesque thrillers. John Landis remembers telling Hitchcock the films were a homage. He tersely replied "You mean fromage"

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    I love that La Belle et La Bete and Showgirls thing.....

    And George Lucas loved The Dambusters, and anything by Ken Annakin......

    Or is this just an urbane legend...

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    Most film-makers know, like & study a wide range of films

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Crook View Post
    Most film-makers know, like & study a wide range of films

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    It's interesting because I've read about several established filmmakers who try or tried to avoid their contemparies' work.
    Orson Welles spoke about it in the Bogdanovich interviews, how he didn't watch most new films because he was worried that he would be over-influenced by them. John Ford avoided talking movies and claimed to only really remember Birth of a Nation. Jacques Rivette remarked on how strange this claim by filmmakers was in his interivew with Senses of Cinema.

    A notable exception: Apparently Robert Bresson claimed that he never saw any other films, but Cahiers du cinema hired a detective and they found out he watched everything, including kung fu films!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afterglow2001 View Post
    It's interesting because I've read about several established filmmakers who try or tried to avoid their contemparies' work.
    Orson Welles spoke about it in the Bogdanovich interviews, how he didn't watch most new films because he was worried that he would be over-influenced by them. John Ford avoided talking movies and claimed to only really remember Birth of a Nation. Jacques Rivette remarked on how strange this claim by filmmakers was in his interivew with Senses of Cinema.

    A notable exception: Apparently Robert Bresson claimed that he never saw any other films, but Cahiers du cinema hired a detective and they found out he watched everything, including kung fu films!
    I think there are/have been many actors who say they never watch their own films.

    I can only name one, but am sure I've read this about others too.

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