Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia

Professor, Humanities and Media Studies, University of the Arts, Philadelphia
Voted in the critics poll

Voted for:

Ben-Hur 1959 William Wyler
dolce vita, La 1960 Federico Fellini
Godfather: Part I, The 1972 Francis Ford Coppola
Godfather: Part II, The 1974 Francis Ford Coppola
Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming
Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean
North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock
Orphée 1950 Jean Cocteau
Persona 1966 Ingmar Bergman
Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock


My favorite films combine spectacular photography with strength and depth of character. Their intense emotional resonance is often amplified by superb orchestral scores, more expressive than mere words. A great film creates a world of its own. It can be seen again and again without ever losing its freshness and surprise.