Sean Durkin

Martha Marcy May Marlene; Mary Last Seen

US

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Three Women

1977

Robert Altman

Birds, The

1963

Alfred Hitchcock

Conformist, The

1970

Bernardo Bertolucci

Goonies, The

1985

Richard Donner

Jaws

1975

Steven Spielberg

Panic in Needle Park, The

1971

Jerry Schatzberg

Persona

1966

Ingmar Bergman

Piano Teacher, The

2001

Michael Haneke

Rosemary's Baby

1968

Roman Polanski

Shining, The

1980

Stanley Kubrick

Comments

As hard as it is to just pick ten, these are the films that have had the greatest long-term effect on me as a filmmaker. Each one at a very specific time in my life has inspired me, shaped my creativity and pushed my idea of what a film can achieve. 

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