. 0 WINTER FILM SPECIAL
THE CINEFI LES
As Channel 4 gets set to reveal the top 100 movies of all time, we ask a bunch of celebs to pick their number one and tell us why it is so special. Plus, we name the twenty films which should have you rushing out to the cinemas over the coming months. Roll ’em.
TOMMY SHERIDAN. POLITICIAN
.\'ot only is the film brilliantly made. written. directed and acted. it also remains one of the most inspiring stories ever told. It is an inspiration IAN RANKIN. AUTHOR
for any socialist determined to fight S I
poverty and injustice anywhere and everywhere in the world. If you're I
ever feeling down. watch .S'lmrmi‘us
and l defy you not to be moved and At the moment. this is probably my favourite inspired to do something to make our film; a heist caper featuring a gang of world better. downtrodden (ilasgow teenagers. transvestism.
Ricky Demarco and a host of gags. all filmed on a budget that wouldn't get you four fish suppers.
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ZINNIE HARRIS. PLAYWRIGHT
I love the way the tale is told: the characters are brilliant and the
narrative quirky. There were elements of Fesmz and the revelation-in-the-midst-of-a-family-do thing that reminded me of my aunt's wedding.
DAVID GREIG. PLAYWREGHT
My favourite film. or at least the only film I know to bear many repeated viewings is this Laurel and Hardy movie. I challenge anyone. anywhere in the
world. to watch the shallow river gag and not laugh. A l’apuan Villager would laugh. It also contains the song ‘In
The Blue Ridge Mountains ()f Virginia.’ Which. bizarrely. Tory frontbencher Virginia Bottomley Used as her election campaign song and played it from the top of a van as she drove around her constituency.
I can pick that straight off the bat because I treasure my favourite movies like the artistic marvels they surely are. and \k'oody's been lop fora couple of years now. It's just a great film. it shits on .lImz/tuuun. even though I love that ﬁlm too; it's totally hilarious. and very touching. You can tell Woody is still half in love with Diane Keaton every time he looks at her. The film looks ama/ing. it‘s lit and shot so warmly and subtly and the writing is Woody’s best. Ile's red hot. writing about himself in a lilm properly for the first time. The gags are great. and the satire is even better.
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