In the summer of 2005, the British Film Institute published a list of the ten recommended films for children (perhaps wishing to deflect criticism of the thousands of films that are "unwatchable" by children). The ten films are:
The Wizard Of Oz.
directed by Victor Fleming, 1939. U.S. This is a particularly effective
film because it addresses every fear a child has ever experienced --
then quashes them all with a happy ending.
Les Quatres Cents Coups
directed by Francois Truffaut, 1959, France. Translated, the film's
title is The Four Hundred Blows. It focuses on a 12 year
old by the name of Antoine Doinel and the domestic strife that leads him
to a detention centre before escaping for a new life.
The Night Of The Hunter
directed by Charles Laughton, 1955, U.S. Robert Mitchum portrayed
a menacing preacher, an ex-convict who befriends the young children of
a former cellmate in order to find his hidden fortune.
Where Is The Friend's House?
directed by Abbas kiarostami, 1987, Iran. A simple story yet rivetting
for children, this film centers on a young boy who travels across
town to return an exercise book to save his best friend from getting
expelled from school.
Show Me Love, directed
by Lukas Moodysson, 1998, Sweden. Two young girls are friends, but
the plot takes a twist when they develop feelings for each other.
directed by John Lasseter; 1995, U.S.
E.T. The ExtraTerrestrial.
Directed by Stephen Spielberg, this film casts a 10-year old boy
as a "true hero" as he fights the military to defend his alien friend.
The Bicycle Thief
directed by Victoria De Sica, 1948, Italy. Antonio Ricci is a humble,
impoverished lad who finally finds a job putting up posters only to
have his bicycle stolen.
Spirited Away directed
by Hayao Miyazaki, 2001, Japan. This is an "Alice In Wonderland" type
of film with a Japanese sheen.
Kes directed by
Ken Loach, 1969. Billy Casper is a young boy who escapes the bullying
of his older brother by taming a kestrel.
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