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PostSubject: BBC Culture's 11 Best British Films   Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:53 am

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150908-your-11-favourite-british-films

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In honour of British Film Week, BBC Culture asked readers to share their favourite British films of all time. Here’s what you chose.

Withnail and I (1987)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Third Man (1949)
Sexy Beast (2000)
39 Steps (1935)
Trainspotting (1996)
The Ladykillers (1955)
Secrets and Lies (1996)
Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
Brief Encounter (1945)

Good to see Lean, THE 39 STEPS and THE LADYKILLERS on the list.

Has everyone forgotten Ken Russell already?
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PostSubject: Re: BBC Culture's 11 Best British Films   Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:25 am

Not a bad list though I'm more concerned about the lack of Hammer and Powell and Presburger than Ken Russell.

What's the criterion for this anyway? If it's just favourites then I'd add the following. Though films are such international affairs it's hard to say whether all of these are British:

Black Narcissus (Powell) (Pressburger)
Breaking The Waves (von Trier) (Asmussen)
Circus of Horrors (1960) (Havers) (Baxt)
Croupier (Hodges) (Mayersberg)
The Day the Earth Caught Fire (Guest)
Day of the Jackal (1973) (Zinnemann) (Ross)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) (Hergesheimer)
Dr Strangelove (Kubrick) (Southern)
Dracula (1958) (Fisher) (Sangster)
From Russia With Love (1963) (Young) (Maibaum)
Get Carter (Hodges)
Hands of the Ripper (1971) (Sasdy) (Davidson)
Hell Drivers (1957) (Endfield) (Kruse)
I'm All Right Jack (1959) (Boulting)
In Bruges (McDonagh)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) (Hamer) (Dighton)
League of Gentlemen, The (1959) (Dearden) (Forbes)
Matter of Life and Death, A (1946) (Powell) (Pressburger)
Naked (Leigh)
The Nanny (Holt) (Sangster)
Peeping Tom (Powell) (Marks)
Quatermass and the Pit (Baker) (Kneale)
The Red Shoes (Powell) (Pressburger)
Skyfall (Mendes) (Logan/Purvis/Wade)
Thunderball (Young)
Tinker Tailor Solder Spy (Alfredson) (Straughan)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick) (Clarke)
Under the Skin (Glazer)(Glazer/Campbell)
Unearthly Stranger (Krisch) (Carlton)
Vampire Circus (Robert Young) (Baxt)
Village of the Damned (1960) (Rilla) (Silliphant)
The Virgin and the Gypsy (Miles) (Plater)
The Wickerman (Hardy) (Shaffer)
Witchfinder General (1968) (Reeves) (Baker)
Zulu (1964) (Endfield) (Prebble)
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PostSubject: Re: BBC Culture's 11 Best British Films   Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:04 am

Submitted by fans on Facebook and Twitter, which may explain the problem right there.

Maybe the submissions were chosen at random. I'm not sure.
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PostSubject: Re: BBC Culture's 11 Best British Films   Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:11 am

Nice to see a Mike Leigh film up there, but the constant appearance of Trainspotting on these lists bemuses me. But yeah, the omission of Ken Russell, Michael Powell and Joseph Losey is unsettling. I'd include The Devils and Accident although I'm not on which Powell. A three-way tie between Black Narcissus, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and Peeping Tom.  

I'm not a Hammer buff but I thought Roy Ward Baker's ouput holds up the strongest. In particular, Quatermass and the Pit and Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde. Much more compelling than the more workmanlike Terence Fisher films.
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PostSubject: Re: BBC Culture's 11 Best British Films   Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:12 am

Hammer films are often more interesting for their scripts, subtext, economy and set design than their direction. For those more interested in content than packaging that's not necessarily a problem.
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PostSubject: Re: BBC Culture's 11 Best British Films   Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:10 am

I should've been clearer. I wasn't singling Baker or Fisher's direction but referring to the films as a whole--their Gestalt. I'm an auteurist (I know you're more of a Schreiberist) but since Hammer films are formalist studio pictures, it would make more sense for me to acknowledge its writers' contributions. I know mainly of Nigel Kneale. Who would you say are the significant others?
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