Joel Schumacher’s list of his 10 favorite film in alphabetical order.
“Blue,” “White,” “Red”
“Totally original, haunting and hypnotic; touched with primal human emotions. I am so sorry that the director Krzysztof Kieslowski died.”
“An exquisite film about what suppression does to the soul. It perfectly marries form and content.”
“The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover”
“My all-time favorite movie! It shows the horror and vulgarity of the ’80s. Visuals, cast and content are in perfect harmony.”
“More important now than when it was made, showing our ability to tap into someone else’s life. Beautifully acted.”
“My definition of an artist is someone capable of expressing their entire life’s experience in a universal language everyone can relate to. Fellini is naked in this movie.”
“I saw it as a kid and it’s why I became a director. The opening scene — Pip skipping through the graveyard, frightened when Magwitch jumps from behind a tombstone — disturbed me for months. Eventually I went to the library and got books on marionettes. I built my own theater and made marionettes. I think I was trying to make a movie. When I am directing, now, I still feel like I’m doing a puppet show.
“Sidney Lumet’s greatest movie. Minimalist. A great performance by Sean Connery.”
“Lawrence of Arabia”
“A great, complex study in hubris and ego. David Lean’s greatest movie.”
“Wings of Desire”
“Haunting, mesmerizing and totally original.”
“A Woman Under the Influence”
“I’m a total Cassavettes freak. This is his greatest film. Gena Rowlands is one of my two favorite actresses, the other being Helen Mirren.”