Noel Vera

Critic, Businessworld

Phillippines

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Chimes at Midnight

1966

Orson Welles

Cloud-Capped Star, The

1960

Ritwik Ghatak

Diary of a Country Priest

1951

Robert Bresson

Faust

1926

F. W. Murnau

Late Spring

1949

Ozu Yasujirô

M

1931

Fritz Lang

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

1984

Miyazaki Hayao

Kaagaz Ke Phool

1959

Guru Dutt

Sherlock Jr

1924

Buster Keaton

Three Years Without God

1977

Mario O'Hara

Comments

I look at how well the filmmaker translates his passion, at the intensity of said passion, and listen to the feeling in my gut that tells me: “This is one.” Guru Dutt’s film maudit, a titanic box-office flop, is one of the best films ever about a filmmaker’s passion for his work. From Miyazaki, one of the few science-fiction films to deal with ecological systems and the environment – arguably the greatest animated film ever made. From Ghatak, a neorealist masterwork – one of the most heartrending depictions ever of female oppression. And from Mario O’Hara, the rare film from a victimized nation (in this case the Philippines) that strives to understand, perhaps even forgive, the invader.

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