Tiina Lokk

Director, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Estonia

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Amarcord

1972

Federico Fellini

Andrei Rublev

1966

Andrei Tarkovsky

Battleship Potemkin

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring…

2003

Kim Ki-Duk

One and a Two, A

1999

Edward Yang

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

1975

Milos Forman

Pulp Fiction

1994

Quentin Tarantino

Taste of Cherry, The

1997

Abbas Kiarostami

Zero de Conduite

1933

Jean Vigo

Comments

Citizen Kane has a revolutionary good script and camera work – I am not speaking of its direction. Definitely the strongest debut of all the time. There isn’t nothing bigger and better than Battleship Potemkin when it comes to editing. The whole basic theory of editing is contained within this film. Potemkin is the beginning of the beginners. Andrei Rublev is a strongest story about the artist – the suffering of the creator and creation. Tarkovski made the individual story of Rubljov much bigger then it was in reality until finally it is like a symbol, an archetype of the artist and his relationships with power and absolutist authority. I also like the visual language of the film. The scene with bells is one of the greatest in history of the cinema. Zero de Conduite displays an amazing sensuousness of image. Amarcord is a hearty, dreamlike insight in flashback. Pulp Fiction is built from fantastic combinations of Godar and Hawks, and symbols of satirical violence. In The Taste of Cherry, Kirostami proves himself to be the master of the philosophy of the simple life, and I am bonded to his masterly humanism and bewitched by his visual world. Yi Yi is a sensitive movie, very beautifully shot, well acted, human and emotional, and with balanced humour. But sadness is absorbing... It’s useless to try to say something with two words about Four Seasons… but if so, it must be about it’s concentration of philosophy and poetry. Finally, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which had a big personal impact on me when it came out. The film has a strong message to everyone who, after the events in Prague in 1968, should have to stayed on the other side of Iron Curtain. Well directed and well acted. Jack Nicholson is great!

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