BFI Member Picks
BFI Members share their go-to film, the one to watch on a desert island, along with reasons why you’d never tire of watching it.
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Member Picks screened so far
“This is the quintessential Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie from the historic RKO studios. A masterclass in dance and song narrative.”
– Lauren Brady, BFI Member
Don’t Look Now
“It’s a film that continually reappraises relationships as you view it through the perspective of different ages!”
– Madelaine Cooper, BFI Member
Amadeus (Director’s Cut)
“It’s pure cinema entertainment. Indulge in maybe the finest period recreation on film – 18th-century Vienna is pure opulence.”
– Valentine Montagnani, BFI Member
“It’s the perfect film noir: a complicated plot that’s never predictable, two marvellous leads with electric chemistry, outstanding atmospheric cinematography and music that adds to the tense screenplay.”
– Katharine Lloyd, BFI Member
Days of Heaven
“A sublime masterpiece”
– Cristina Calatayud, BFI Member
“The perfect blockbuster: smart and funny, with dynamite effects and rich characters. Flawless”
- Robert Mitchell, BFI Member
“This film is beautiful yet horrifying. Each time I watch it I gain something new. Sometimes it brings a tear to my eye, sometimes it make me angry and sometimes I just enjoy the adventure.”
– Jonathan Love, BFI Member
Jules et Jim
“The first French New Wave film I ever saw and I loved it – the cinematography, the music and all the characters – especially, of course Jeanne Moreau.”
– Hill Harris, BFI Member
No Country for Old Men
“A brilliant rendering of a world of no compromise.”
– Leonardo Salvagnini, BFI Cinema Member
Lawrence of Arabia
An outspoken lieutenant finds himself a reluctant agent of British imperialism.
“It’s a dreamlike wonder, a visual fantasy of heroic wartime myth and conflicted loyalties.”
– Jacob Osborne, BFI Cinema Member
Les Enfants du Paradis
The fates of four men are intertwined by their hopeless love for the same woman.
– Terence Thorn, a BFI Cinema Member who picked this film.
The Big Lebowski
The Coen Brothers’ favourite, about a bunch of slackers who love to bowl.
“I find myself laughing at something new every time I watch it. Amazing direction and performances with countless one-liners.”
– Sean Wilkinson, a BFI Cinema Member who picked this film.
Jack Nicholson’s burnt-out reporter exchanges his identity with a dead man.
“I love this film’s disturbing yet romantic examination of what life would be like if you could switch places with another person.”
– Lee Hill, a BFI Cinema Member who picked this film.
The Philadelphia Story
Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart and Cary Grant star in George Cukor’s classic, classy comedy.
“Laugh out loud at this funny, feisty, feel-good film.”
– Chloe Lawson, a BFI Cinema Member who picked this film.