Metropolitan FilmExport 35: Sammy Hadida's Top

The Metropolitan FilmExport topper thinks back on the films he’s seen and handled in his career and names some of his favorites.

1. King Kong
My dad, who was distributing RKO movies in Casablanca, showed us the movie and I was so amazed by the adventure, the spectacle it provided.

2. Casablanca
Beyond the fact that the film resonated with me because I was raised in Casablanca, I loved the mythical couple formed by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

3. Vertigo
That film is still referenced. Hitchcock was able to weave amazing suspense in a story that he mastered from the beginning to the end.

4. Some Like It Hot
Marilyn Monroe was on the cover of Playboy on the day I was born so I’ve always had a soft spot for her.

5. Horror of Dracula
That movie traumatized me. It took me a while to get over it, but I loved it.

6. Dawn of the Dead
Like ‘Dracula,’ this movie traumatized me. I didn’t sleep for nights and I became obsessed with zombies. It didn’t get past the censorship board in Morocco and was forbidden for people under 18, so I
got a DVD of it.

7. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
That film was like a big slap in the face for me. I saw it at a surprise screening in Cannes and didn’t know what to expect. I cried, I laughed, I was amazed. And it made me want to produce movies.

8. True Romance
That’s the first film I produced. I was in L.A. to find a writer who could pen a remake of a French movie. Someone suggested I speak with an archivist who worked in a video rental club, who happened to be Quentin Tarantino.

9. Die Hard
I watch it at least once a year. Every time I see that’s in on TV, I can’t get out of it, I have to watch the entire movie. It doesn’t get old for me.

10. Any Bruce Lee movie
Bruce Lee made me want to distribute Asian action movies in the late ’70s. I started distributing Jackie Chan and John Woo in France.

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