Martin Koerber

Head of German Film Archive/German Cinematheque – Museum for Film and Television

Germany

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Bad and the Beautiful, The

1952

Vincente Minnelli

Black Moon

1974

Louis Malle

Black Narcissus

1947

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

Dakota

1974

Wim Verstappen

Made in Germany and USA

1974

Rudolf Thome

Metropolis

1927

Fritz Lang

People on Sunday

1930

Curt Siodmak/Robert Siodmak/Edgar G. Ulmer/Fred Zinnemann

Sweeney Todd

2007

Tim Burton

ber Uns Der Dom

Rudolf Bamberger

Vampyr

1932

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Comments

Black Narcissus for its boldness in exploring repressed sentiments, and for its use of colour as an instrument of expressing them. Black Moon for being weird and mysterious in some unrivaled way, and for its daring casting. Vampyr for letting the viewer experience how only cinema can shift time and space. People on Sunday for being the saddest movie in the world, which most people don’t get. The Bad and the Beautiful for being the second-saddest movie in the world. Metropolis for being a bad movie that is nevertheless able to keep silent cinema alive and thus fulfils a function it was never intended for. Dakota for the incredible coolness of Kees Brusse, who learned to fly to make this movie. Über uns der dom for the memory of a great set designer, who attempted in this short film to use existing architecture as a set for a spiritual experience. Sweeney Todd for the surprisingly successful transition from stage to screen and excellent musical direction. Made in Germany and USA for the unnerving closeness to reality, while being a fictional movie…

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