Philip Dodd

Editor, Sight & Sound, 1990-1997; chairman, Made in China.

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Brighter Summer Day, A

1991

Edward Yang

City Lights

1931

Charles Chaplin

Life of Oharu, The

1952

Mizoguchi Kenji

Mirror

1974

Andrei Tarkovsky

Nosferatu

1922

F. W. Murnau

Passion of Joan of Arc

1927

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Spring in a Small Town

1948

Fei Mu

Touch of Evil

1958

Orson Welles

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Vie de Jesus, La

1996

Bruno Dumont

Comments

A silent comic masterpiece in the era of the talkies (City Lights); a politically unacceptable film with unbearable power (Nosferatu); a wounded film (Touch of Evil); a film where one sequence (a woman pulling her hair from a bowl) is worth the price of admission – and more films from Asia than before, as least for me. If history tells us anything it is that as Asia’s economic power rises so too will the world’s estimation of its cultures. I – we – need to see more of Asia’s cinema history.

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