Gulbara Tolomushova

Film critic

Kyrgyzstan

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

1963

Federico Fellini

Andrei Rublev

1966

Andrei Tarkovsky

Battleship Potemkin

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

Breathless

1960

Jean-Luc Godard

East of Eden

1955

Elia Kazan

Hiroshima Mon Amour

1959

Alain Resnais

Lawrence of Arabia

1962

David Lean

Leopard, The

1963

Luchino Visconti

notte, La

1961

Michelangelo Antonioni

Pather Panchali

1955

Satyajit Ray

Comments

Battleship Potemkin was the first great film of my life. I saw it at the age of 14. This film had changed my view of the cinema. I understood – cinema is the art. Pather Panchali was the first genuinely artistic Indian film that I saw. Prior to this movie, I knew only commercial Indian films. I knew abot East of Eden for a long time, from a lot of reviews, but I saw it for the first time some years ago and was shocked by its power and strong images. I like Resnais’ films, and Hiroshima mon amour was the first of his that I saw. Its theme is very relevant today. Even today, when I watch new films made by directors from different countries, I see a debt to Breathless and La notte. Even in my actual life I have consciously or unconsciously reproduced scenes from these pictures. For a long time Lawrence of Arabia was a secret film for Soviet citizens, about a hero of mystery. Everyone knew about this film but nobody saw it. In 1997 the British Council showed it as part of a programme of British films in Kyrgyzstan. We liked the poetic view of the Arab world, the intelligence, sensitivity and gentility of Peter O’Toole as Lawrence, and the greatness of Alec Guinness as Prince Faisal. 8 ½” is an eternal film. I like films made by Visconti and Tarkovsky, and especially the films Il gattopardo and Andrey Rublyov.

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