Godfrey Cheshire

Critic

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Stanley Kubrick

Battleship Potemkin

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

Close-Up

1989

Abbas Kiarostami

Fear Eats the Soul

1974

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Godfather: Part II, The

1974

Francis Ford Coppola

Intolerance

1916

D.W. Griffith

Man Escaped, A

1956

Robert Bresson

Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The

1962

John Ford

Passion of Joan of Arc

1927

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Rear Window

1954

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

In Tehran some years ago it was reported, perhaps apocryphally, that Jean-Luc Godard had said, “Cinema is Griffith to Kiarostami.” My list certainly reflects that idea, and I’m particularly glad to include Kiarostami’s Close-up as a way of extending the purview of the poll beyond the 1970s and Europe/America.

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