“I’m a storyteller, I’m an actor, an entertainer.”—Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz, the Academy Award-winning actress whose career continues to evolve into new levels of critical success, has created a list of her five favourite cinematic pictures.

Having begun her career working within British stage and television in the early 1990s, Weisz went on to make her film debut in Stephen Norrington’s 1994 British-Japanese cyberpunk horror Death Machine and didn’t look back. Acclaimed performances in Hollywood blockbusters The Mummy and The Mummy Returns soon followed and Weisz had garnered international attention.

Appearances in commercial triumphs such as Enemy at the Gates and About a Boy continued Weisz run of form before she teamed up with director Francis Lawrence for his 2005 Constantine propelled her to critical stardom. Appearing alongside the likes of Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton and more, Weisz won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and cemented herself as part of the highest echelons of cinematic prowess.

Having always held the art of acting in the highest regard but attempted to remove herself from the celebrity hysteria wherever possible: “The thing is, you choose to be an actress, but not to be a celebrity,” she once said. “As an actress, it’s part of your job to be able to imagine just about anything – even if it’s not within your personal experience.”

A cinephile at heart, Weisz was asked to pick her five favourite films of all time as part of a feature through Rotten Tomatoes. To kick things off, the actress picks Harold and Maude by Hal Ashby and describes it as “one of the most unusual love stories that I’ve seen.”

She adds: “The Cat Stevens soundtrack is sublime. The comedy is delicious. The performance of Ruth Gordon – you know, she’s a woman in her 80s acting like a 16-year-old – is one of the most extraordinary performances I’ve ever seen. I believe it got very bad reviews when it came out, almost unanimously, but is, I think, probably one of the great comedies ever made.”

Elsewhere, Weisz includes the likes of Peter Bogdanovich and Federico Fellini. See the full list, below.

Rachel Weisz’s 5 favourite films:

  • Harold and Maude – Hal Ashby, 1971.
  • What’s Up, Doc? – Peter Bogdanovich, 1972.
  • Paper Moon – Peter Bogdanovich, 1973.
  • Being There – Hal Ashby, 1979.
  • Nights of Cabiria – Federico Fellini, 1957.

When speaking about What’s Up, Doc?, which stars Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, Weisz said: “It’s one of the best screwball comedies I’ve ever seen. Barbra Streisand is beyond beautiful and seductive and funny, and she’s playing Bugs Bunny, basically. And it has the best car chase ever.”

See the full comments over at Rotten Tomatoes.

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