Philip French (1933 – 2015)
Ah, some sad news today, as a mere two years after retirement and the final credits have spooled on the great Philip French who was The Observers chief film critic for a staggering 52 years. I saw him a couple of times at some BFI screenings, the last being that new digitial print of Vertigo during the Hitchcock season a couple of years ago, and I doff my hat in appreciation to anyone who made it his life’s mission to the seventh art. I always admired his respectful habit of insisting to sit through all the credits of every film he ever saw, even the bad ones as a mark of respect to the craft. Difficult to know what to post, so hopefully this will serve as a appropriate tribute;
Here’s the last list of his favourite all time films, a dyed in the wool classicist, but elegant nonetheless.