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Hand-picked by Paul Schrader

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Best known as the writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, Paul Schrader is one of the essential American directors of the New Hollywood. Part of the “movie brat” generation—that of Scorsese, Spielberg, Lucas and Coppola—he was an avid cinephile from an early age, as well as a passionate film critic. With his latest masterpiece, the austerely brilliant First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, in cinemas now, we’ve asked Schrader to hand-pick his favourite films from our own cinematic vault.

“I have chosen these films as to me they represent a cross-section of cinema history. They did not directly influence my work, but at the same time they all have – as I believe you are a collection of all the movies you like”. —Paul Schrader

Federico Fellini Italy, 1963

“This is a completely singular film where a great filmmaker finds his magic spot in his dreamworld. Guido, the director in the movie, finds a way to push his work in a direction where film hasn’t gone before. And it’s just so exciting to be there and see where the lightning strikes.” —Paul Schrader

Listen to Britain

Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister United Kingdom, 1942

“Humphrey Jennings brought something very new to documentaries with this film. He made it at a low point for Britain—during the Second World War—yet it is absolutely full of originality and full of humanity.” —Paul Schrader


Anthony Mann United States, 1947

“I chose this film for one reason: John Alton, an absolutely legendary cinematographer. He is a grand master of light and shadow and as such of the film noir genre—there are many things you could say about this movie, but it’s just a marvel to watch.” —Paul Schrader

My Man Godfrey

Gregory La Cava United States, 1936

“This is a fantastic screwball comedy, with Carole Lombard at her best. She died young, so you don’t get a lot of chances to see her, and this film—it’s just delightful. This type of comedies existed only for a short time, and people have been trying to recreate them ever since.” —Paul Schrader

I Am Cuba

Mikhail Kalatozov Cuba, 1964

“The first time I saw this film I was in shock, it was everything I had heard about and more. The madness of these Russian filmmakers—they had a totally free hand and created these extravagant shots, the film has 3-4 set pieces which every director knows. It’s absolute film history.” —Paul Schrader

Life is too short for bad films

Every day we hand-pick a beautiful new film and you have a whole month to watch it, so there’s always 30 perfectly curated films to discover.