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David O. Russell's Sight and Sound Poll Reveals Director's Key Influences (CLIPS)

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by Ryan Lattanzio
February 17, 2014 1:13 PM
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David O. Russell on set of 'American Hustle'

Director David O. Russell has enjoyed a great two years back-to-back on the awards circuit, from last year's much-loved "Silver Linings Playbook" to 2014 Oscar heavyweight "American Hustle." As an actor's director who loves cinema, the following top ten list from Russell's Sight and Sound poll for the British Film Institute has few shockers. Take a look at the idiosyncratic list, and clips, below.

The filmmaker has repeatedly tipped his hat to Polanski's "Chinatown" -- which he memorized 20 minutes of -- and Scorsese's "Goodfellas." You can feel the pulse of these films thrumming in all Russell's films, including "I Heart Huckabees," "The Fighter" and "Three Kings." He loves his '70s New Hollywood ("Chinatown," "Godfather," "Young Frankenstein") and feel-good classics ("It's a Wonderful Life") with a dash of arthouse for good measure ("Bourgeoisie").

"Blue Velvet" (1986) Dir. David Lynch

"Chinatown" (1974) Dir. Roman Polanski

"The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972) Dir. Luis Bunuel

"The Godfather" (1972) Dir. Francis Ford Coppola

"Goodfellas" (1990) Dir. Martin Scorsese

"Groundhog Day" (1993) Dir. Harold Ramis

"It's a Wonderful Life" (1947) Dir. Frank Capra

"Pulp Fiction" (1994) Dir. Quentin Tarantino

"Raging Bull" (1980) Dir. Martin Scorsese

"Vertigo" (1958) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

"Young Frankenstein" (1974) Dir. Mel Brooks

2 Comments

  • Andrew Moncrieff | February 18, 2014 10:31 AMReply

    Groundhog Day? No film can be considered great with Andie McDowell in it.

  • md | February 18, 2014 1:31 AMReply

    just add "vertigo" in there…why not.

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