Jan Distelmeyer

Lecturer, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Germany

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Breathless

1960

Jean-Luc Godard

Conversation, The

1974

Francis Ford Coppola

M

1931

Fritz Lang

Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The

1962

John Ford

Man with a Movie Camera

1929

Dziga Vertov

North by Northwest

1959

Alfred Hitchcock

Paisà

1946

Roberto Rossellini

Rashomon

1950

Akira Kurosawa

Rosetta

1999

Jean-Pierre Dardenne/Luc Dardenne

Royal Tenenbaums, The

2001

Wes Anderson

Comments

This list evolved from many, many drafts that included other titles like Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames. In fact, I forced myself to stop making alterations, so this is my list of 27 April 2012. These films changed the/my world and the artform in a way that could only be done cinematically; they explore the condition of film and its relation to what we call ‘reality’. Leaving so many other important films out, I can only quote Nico’s lines from These Days, words that are so relevant in The Royal Tenenbaums: “Please don’t confront me with my failures, I had not forgotten them.”

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