Article: Cate Blanchett lists her ten favourite movies from childhood

From comedy to crime, the actor picks the flicks she enjoyed most growing up.

ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980)

Robert Redford’s directorial debut, about a family scarred by the accidental death of a son.

“I’m about to act with Robert Redford and can’t stop thinking about this wonderful heartbreaking film. It was unflinching in its look at a family quietly coming apart at the seams – Mary Tyler Moore’s portrayal of the mother was brilliant.”

HUCKLEBERRY FINN (1975)

Ron Howard played the title character in the 1975 version of Mark Twain’s novel.

“I wanted to be him – or Nancy Drew.”

MON ONCLE (1958)

Jacques Tati’s comedy, his first film in colour, about a man negotiating the absurd devices of a desperately modern world.

“My mother showed me this film; in fact all Jacques Tati films at a young age. I’ve done the same with our sons.”

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (1975)

Peter Weir’s celebrated adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s novel of inexplicable disappearances on Valentine’s Day, 1900.

“At the age of 13, I was seduced by its mystery, its atmosphere of foreboding, its incredible soundtrack.”

THE SCARLET CLAW (1944) 

One of Universal’s Sherlock Holmes series, featuring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and a murder attributed to a supernatural monster

“I was a huge horror freak as a child – it was my weekend fix.”

SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

Billy Wilder’s legendary comedy in which Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, on the run from the mob, hide out in all-girl orchestra that features Marilyn Monroe on vocals (and ukulele).

“I remember laughing like a drain during the scenes on the beach.”

COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER (1980)

Michael Apted’s biopic about country singer Loretta Lynn, featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Sissy Spacek in the title role. Tommy Lee Jones played her husband.

“I’m a huge Sissy Spacek fan, her tender strength and her battle against her environment mesmerised me – I adore Tommy Lee Jones and this was the first time I’d seen him.”

KOYAANISQATSI (1982)

Geoffrey Reggio’s images of cities and landscapes featured slow-motion and time-lapse images and a Philip Glass score.

“Hypnotic – this filmed worked in me on a cellular level.”

BUGSY MALONE (1976)

Alan Parker’s 1920s gangster musical in which all the roles are taken by children. Jodie Foster plays a sultry chanteuse.

“I was hooked at the cream gunfight and children in an adult’s world.”

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

Frank Capra’s famous redemptive tale of a despairing man (James Stewart) who is allowed to discover that he played a vital role in the lives of so many people.

“It was a profound film to see as a teenager – when one can feel irrelevant and insignificant.”

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