Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the comedian, actress and producer best known for her now-iconic role of Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, is revered by many as one of the great comedic actors of all time.

Celebrated as one of the most awarded actresses in American television history, Louis-Dreyfus burst on to the scene with her work in the television comedy series Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s and didn’t look back.

A string of highly impressive performances soon followed and Louis-Dreyfus is sat at home with a record eleven Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, nine Screen Actors Guild Awards and a handful of American Comedy Awards to boot. With a wealth of knowledge on cinema, she sat down with Rotten Tomatoes to discuss her favourite pictures of all time.

“I’m an absolute lover of The Wizard of Oz,” Louis-Dreyfus said while introducing her list. “I adore that film from start to finish. It never gets old. I think it has a beautiful, tender tone of both real drama and huge comedy, and I adore it. I don’t remember the first time [I saw it]; it’s part of my brain.”

She added: “I still watch it every couple of years, and it brings me great joy every single time. I love Bert Lahr and his performance really gets me where I live.”

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Elsewhere Louis-Dreyfus has included the likes of Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful, Miloš Forman film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and more. See the full list, below.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ 5 favourite films of all time

  • The Wizard of Oz – Victor Fleming, 1939
  • Life Is Beautiful – Roberto Benigni, 1998.
  • A Room with a View – James Ivory, 1985.
  • Hoosiers – David Anspaugh, 1986.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Miloš Forman, 1975.

When speaking about Miloš Forman’s now-iconic film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Louis-Dreyfus said: “Jack Nicholson is extraordinary in it, but that is an ensemble movie where everyone carries the story. And it’s a movie about social injustice and inequity and the disenfranchised, and it will kill you.

“It will sway you with its sadness, but in a way that is appropriate, and there is a glimmer of hope at the end, I would say.”

(Via: Rotten Tomatoes)

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