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Stanley Kubrick loved 'White Men Can't Jump,' hated 'The Wizard of Oz'

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Stanley Kubrick and Tom Cruise
Stanley Kubrick and Tom Cruise

Stanley Kubrick didn't like to talk much about the work of other filmmakers, and he wasn't into listing off his favorite movies. In fact, according to a new report from the British Film Institute, he only publicly shared a list of his top 10 favorite films just one time — in 1963, during the early days of his career. That list, which he wrote for the little known Cinema magazine, included classics such as Ingmar Bergman's art house classic, Wild Strawberries, and the Orson Welles masterpiece Citizen Kane. In 1999, shortly after Kubrick's death, his daughter Katharina Kubrick-Hobbs put together a list that she said reflects her father's top picks and it's radically different from the 1963 lineup — though Citizen Kane shows up again. More recent films like Dog Day Afternoon, White Men Can't Jump, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre are listed.

But, according to the report, Kubrick-Hobbs said that no one list really captures her dad's tastes. "He liked movies on their own terms," she said. "And I know that he hated The Wizard of Oz." Nonetheless, the Institute complied a list of every film Kubrick and those close to him say that he prized. Check out the full list and report in the source link below.