“I don’t really care where movies come from as long as they’re worth making.”—Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem, the Academy Award-winning Spanish actor who has worked with the likes of Woody Allen and the Coen Brothers, has picked out a handful of his favourite films of all time.
Bardem, a creative with cinema running through his veins, was born into a long line of filmmakers and actors which miraculously date back to some of the earliest days of Spanish cinema. While his mother, Pilar Bardem, was a successful actor in her own right, Bardem is the grandson of actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro, and a nephew of critically acclaimed screenwriter and director Juan Antonio Bardem.
Having started his own career in the world of Spanish cinema, Bardem secured international fame when he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor by playing the role of a psychopathic assassin in the Coen brothers’ 2007 film No Country for Old Men. That, including acclaimed performances in the likes of Jamón Jamón, Carne trémula and Vicky Cristina Barcelona has Bardem sitting atop a pile of Hollywood icons.
Given his rich history in film, coupled with his love for the art, Bardem’s favoured films are predictably brilliant. “You can’t go wrong with that, right?” Bardem told Rotten Tomatoes while introducing the first film of his selection, Francis Ford Coppola’s epic The Godfather Part II. “It’s one of those where everything works. Everybody had to pick up their performance, including cast and technicians. And I’m a huge, huge long-time fan of Mr Pacino so… I think it’s, along with Dog Day Afternoon, his best performance. There’s something about the movie that really transports you to a different era, like it takes you to a new place.”
With the likes of Michael Cimino and Stephen Spielberg also cited, see Bardem’s favourite films below.
Javier Bardem’s 5 favourite films:
- The Godfather Part II – Francis Ford Coppola, 1974.
- The Deer Hunter – Michael Cimino, 1978.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Miloš Forman, 1975.
- Welcome Mr. Marshall! – Luis García Berlanga, 1953.
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – Steven Spielberg, 1982.
When discussing Welcome Mr. Marshall!, Bardem revealed a surprise family affinity to the Berlanga directed picture: “It was co-written by my uncle. I think it’s a masterpiece of a movie about the Franco regime era in Spain. It is [about] a visit that is going to be paid by the American government into our country and how the little country town is preparing that welcome for the committee, the American committee.”
Bardem added: “It really is a great drawing on what it was like in the Franco regime era in Spain, it’s a masterful movie.”
(Via: Rotten Tomatoes)