Mark Cousins

Critic

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Apartment, The

1960

Billy Wilder

Come And See

1985

Elem Klimov

Distant Voices, Still Lives

1988

Terence Davies

Eureka

1974

Nicolas Roeg

House is Black, The

1962

Forough Farrokhzad

Insect Woman, The

1963

Imamura Shohei

Kaagaz Ke Phool

1959

Guru Dutt

Maman et la putain, La

1973

Jean Eustache

Minamata: The Victims and their World

1972

Tsuchimoto Noriaki

Moment of Innocence, A

1995

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Comments

I bang on about film aesthetics, about formal innovation, and yet in my list of ten films, what do I see? People rather than style. Lonely, resilient people. Even Jack Lemmon in The Apartment is lonely. Taken together, my first five choices could teach much of what there is to know about film style, but look at the last three: black-and-white heartbreakers. A Moment of Innocence is very funny.

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