"Morrissey has made it rather hard to separate the art from the artist over the last couple of decades. The singer’s comments about the uber-nationalistic For Britain movement are the kind of shenanigans that would have repulsed Morrissey’s first incarnation, the one that provided a refuge for the weak and lonely, capturing the hearts of outsiders everywhere.
It’s nice to reminisce upon a time when Morrissey wasn’t a figure that made it almost impossible to like outside of music, and that’s why we are taking a look at his list of favourite films from back in the halcyon days of The Smiths. Morrissey became a cultural connoisseur in the ’80s, his image gave his opinion a validity that separated him from the rat pack as an intellectual in a rock star guise, and his favourite films are brutally on brand."
And if you can't be bothered to read the whole thing:
- The Man Who Came To Dinner (1941)
- A Taste Of Honey (1961)
- Christmas In Connecticut (1945)
- The Killing Of Sister George (1969)
- A Kind Of Loving (1962)
- Hobson’s Choice (1953)
- Mr Skeffington (1944)
- Bringing Up Baby (1938)
- The Member Of The Wedding (1953)
- The World, The Flesh and The Devil (1959)
This uses an old NME article as a source (see related items).
The interview in NME was actually more than just films and had headings for Films, Symbolists, Records & Books. Luckily archived via links below.
- Morrissey-solo Transcription: Morrissey - "Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer" - NME, Sept. 17, 1983 (transcription)
- Illness As Art: "NME – 17 September 1983" - January 1, 2020 (scanned images)