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Rigour And Play: Laurie Anderson's Favourite Films
Mat Colegate , January 22nd, 2016 09:27

On a recent visit to London the performance artist, director and musician took time out to talk about her 13 favourite films with Mat Colegate


Miracle In Milan (Vittorio De Sica, 1951)

It's a film from postwar Italy. It's so warm and charming and hilarious and has this very sweet thing going on. It's about some people who live in a camp for bums by the rail road in a very hopeless, grainy, black and white Milan of very poor people and the swells who are trying to obliterate the camp. It's a kind of weird Christmas fable - it starts out with an old lady who finds a little baby in a cabbage patch. It's irresistible, silly and beautiful and there's some great music. The film has a great story and some spectacular effects. When you see it you realise where many of the ideas came from for a lot of Spielberg. The last scene is them riding their broom sticks - i.e. bicycles - up to heaven. That's probably my favourite film of all time.