Tom Schnabel’s Top 10

Tom Schnabel’s Top10

Music director at Los Angeles’s KCRW radio station, Tom Schnabel started the daily program Morning Becomes Eclectic in the 1980s, first bringing world music to U.S. radio with such artists as Buena Vista Social Club, Ravi Shankar, and Caetano Veloso. Schnabel is also currently the program adviser for the Hollywood Bowl and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Nov 21, 2008
  • 1

    Ernst Lubitsch

    Trouble in Paradise

    Witty, wonderful, wacky Lubitsch at his best. His daughter worked at KCRW!

  • 2

    Federico Fellini

    La strada

    I always cry at the end, then go out for pasta and cheap red wine.

  • 3

    Marcel Carné

    Children of Paradise

    You can hear J.-L. Barrault cry “Garance!” from the other side of the world.

  • 4

    Jacques Tati

    Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday

    So funny I disrupted a screening with my laughter.

  • 5

    Luis Buñuel

    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    The only thing better than this great movie is Buñuel’s autobiography, My Last Sigh.

  • 6

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    The Wages of Fear

    The suspense is mesmerizing, even paralyzing.

  • 7

    Hiroshi Teshigahara

    Woman in the Dunes

    It’s as much an impressionist painting as it is a film.

  • 8

    Kon Ichikawa

    Tokyo Olympiad

    This great film was made back when Olympic athletes were regular folk.

  • 9

    Preston Sturges

    Unfaithfully Yours

    You’ll never watch a conductor the same way after seeing this great Preston Sturges film.

  • 10

    Roger Vadim

    And God Created Woman

    I saw this movie as an adolescent in the late fifties, at the Bay Theatre in Pacific Palisades, and it made me feel strange things I’d never felt before . . . I also thought that Brigitte Bardot was the number-one sex kitten on earth.