Entertainment Celebrate the BAFTAs with a film playlist curated by Chanel and Charles Finch
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If the BAFTAs is the biggest night in British film, then the annual pre-BAFTA party - hosted every year by Chanel and producer Charles Finch - is film's most fashionable soirée.
The elegant party is thrown every year the night before the BAFTAs, celebrating the best of the past 12 months in movies and bringing together a glamorous guest-list of people from the worlds of film and fashion.
Chanel has a long history with Hollywood, since Gabrielle Chanel first recognised the need to bring the spheres of film and fashion together in the early 20th century. The French fashion house remains dedicated to fostering excellence in cinema, partnering with festivals from New York and Toronto to Deauville and Busan, and continuing to support and empower emerging artists.
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Of course, this year's awards season is like no other, with ceremonies taking place virtually and nominees and presenters appearing via video link. In order to help celebrate BAFTA weekend this year, in lieu of their annual party, Chanel and Charles Finch have partnered to send an elegant celebratory box to nominees and friends.
"Like all of you, I miss the warm glow of the party light," reads a note from Finch inside the box. "Tonight, we reminisce about the fragrant crush of the best dressed beings in London, the cigarette smoke wafting in to merge with the scent of No5, the taste of martinis and, amongst the swell of celebration, a movie star or two, from a film that took your breath away and made you dream.
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"But now, we give you a taste of what was before and what will be again when we return to the great halls of cinema. I have been fortunate enough in my long career to have worked with magnificent artists, men and women from all cultures and walks of life, unified by story and its telling. I look forward to the day that we once again settle into our seats, as the lights go down and the spectacle begins."
Inside the box, recipients will receive a specially curated list of BAFTA-winning and nominated films specially curated by Chanel and Charles Finch - including Network (1976), for which Charles' father, Peter Finch, won a BAFTA and an Oscar for an actor in a leading role, but was no longer alive to receive either; and La Vie En Rose (2007), starring longstanding Chanel ambassador Marion Cotillard as iconic French singer Edith Piaf.
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We're able to exclusively reveal the playlist of 50 films below, so get settled on the sofa and celebrate the BAFTAs this weekend by watching one of these recommended movies. Why not give yourself the challenge of trying to get through all 50 by the time the BAFTAs rolls around again next year?
1. 400 Blows (1960) Dir. Francois Truffaut
2. All About Eve (1950) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
3. Atonement (2007) Dir. Joe Wright
4. Barry Lyndon (1976) Dir. Stanley Kubrick
5. Boccaccio 70’ (1962) Dir. Mario Monicelli, Vittoria De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini
6. Breathless (1960) Dir. Jean-Luc Goddard
7. Brokeback Mountain (2005) Dir. Ang Lee
8. Capernaum (2018) Dir. Nadine Labaki
9. Cinema Paradiso (1988) Dir. Giuseppe Tornatore
10. City Lights (1931) Dir. Charlie Chaplin
11. Coco Avant Chanel (2009) Dir. Anne Fontaine
12. Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Dir. Stephen Frears
13. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) Dir. Mike Newell
14. Frida (2002) Dir. Julie Taymor
15. Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Dir. Wes Anderson
16. High Heels (1991) Dir. Pedro Almodóvar
17. Hunger (2008) Dir. Steve McQueen
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18. I Am Love (2009) Dir. Luca Guadagnino
19. In the Mood for Love (2000) Dir. Wong Kar-Wai
20. L’Année Dernière à Marienbad (1961) Dir. Alain Renais
21. La Dolce Vita (1960) Dir. Federico Fellini
22. La Vie En Rose (2007) Dir. Olivier Dahan
23. Lady Sings the Blues (1972) Dir. Sidney J. Furie
24. Les Enfants du Paradis (1945) Dir. Marcel Carne
25. Lost in Translation (2003) Dir. Sofia Coppola
26. Memories of Murder (2003) Dir. Bong Joon-Ho
27. Network (1976) Dir. Sidney Lumet
28. Out of Africa (1985) Dir. Sydney Pollack
29. Platoon (1986) Dir. Oliver Stone
30. Pulp Fiction (1994) Dir. Quentin Tarantino
31. Ratcatcher (1999) Dir. Lynne Ramsay
32. Rome Open City (1945) Dir. Roberto Rossellini
33. Selma (2014) Dir. Ava DuVernay
34. Seven Samurai (1954) Dir. Akira Kurosawa
35. She’s Gotta Have It (1986) Dir. Spike Lee
36. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Dir. Danny Boyle
37. Strictly Ballroom (1992) Dir. Baz Luhrmann
38. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) Dir. John Schlesinger
39. Sunset Boulevard (1950) Dir. Billy Wilder
40. Taxi Driver (1976) Dir. Martin Scorsese
41. The Colour Purple (1985) Dir. Steven Spielberg
42. The Graduate (1967) Dir. Mike Nichols
43. The Hurt Locker (2008) Dir. Kathryn Bigelow
44. The Mission (1986) Dir. Roland Joffe
45. The Piano (1993) Dir. Jane Campion
46. The Searchers (1956) Dir. John Ford
47. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Dir. Martin Scorsese
48. Thelma and Louise (1991) Dir. Ridley Scott
49. Tous les Matin du Monde (1991) Dir. Alain Corneau
50. Y Tu Mamá También (2001) Dir. Alfonso Cuaron
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