Ling Zhang

Ph.D student, Department of Cinema and Media Studies University of Chicago

China

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Battleship Potemkin

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

Brighter Summer Day, A

1991

Edward Yang

Cleo from 5 to 7

1962

Agnès Varda

enfants du paradis, Les

1945

Marcel Carné

Passenger, The

1974

Michelangelo Antonioni

Roue, La

1920

Abel Gance

Spirit of the Beehive, The

1973

Víctor Erice

Spring in a Small Town

1948

Fei Mu

Sunrise

1927

F. W. Murnau

Travelling Players, The

1975

Theodoros Angelopoulos

Comments

Spring in a Small Town delicately employs female voiceover and ambiguous multiple narrative perspectives, which was rare in the 1940s; the film takes interesting stylistic inspiration from both Hollywood film noir and traditional Chinese operas. Cleo from 5 to 7 has an innovative narrative structure in terms of the unfolding temporality and movement of both characters and the camera. A Brighter Summer Day is a very intricate epic of the heterogeneity of Taiwanese society in the 1960s, with a complex multi-layered soundscape.

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