Kenneth Turan: "Not to be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film"

Some of Kenneth Turan's favorite films. Clockwise from top left: Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca"; a scene from "The Godfather"; actors Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak in "Vertigo"; Orson Welles in "The Third Man." - AP Images

Some of Kenneth Turan's favorite films. Clockwise from top left: Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca"; a scene from "The Godfather"; actors Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak in "Vertigo"; Orson Welles in "The Third Man."

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Kenneth Turan: "Not to be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film"

Los Angeles Times and N-P-R movie critic Kenneth Turan traces his love of film to his childhood growing up in Brooklyn. His all-time favorite movies and why “Citizen Kane” did not make the list.

Los Angeles Times and NPR movie critic Kenneth Turan remembers when he first got hooked on the movies: as a kid growing up in a religious household in Brooklyn, he wasn’t allowed to go to the theater on Saturdays. So he watched movies on television for hours thanks to a program called, “Million Dollar Movie.” Turan was captivated by classic Hollywood features like “Kiss Me Deadly” and “I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang,” and romances like “All About Eve.” His early love for these classics eventually led to a long career as a film critic. Diane talks with Kenneth Turan about his all-time favorite movies, from the silent era to modern times.

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Kenneth Turan

film critic, Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition

Kenneth Turan's Top 54 Films

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