Florence Maillard

Film critic, Cahiers du cinéma, France

France

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Deep End

1970

Jerzy Skolimowski

Deep Red

1975

Dario Argento

dolce vita, La

1960

Federico Fellini

Full Moon in Paris

1984

Eric Rohmer

North by Northwest

1959

Alfred Hitchcock

Pickpocket

1959

Robert Bresson

Tabu

1931

F. W. Murnau

Young Mr Lincoln

1939

John Ford

Zero de Conduite

1933

Jean Vigo

Zodiac

2007

David Fincher

Comments

Maybe it’s because I am not the list-maniac type, or maybe it’s because ‘greatness’ is a criteria with a thousand meanings, but making this list was heartbreaking. Films are like old friends, with their great shocks, intimate references, different corners of the heart and mind and secret connections between them – whether I decided to be rational or sentimental, there were many possible alternative choices to these. But even if I only tend to see what’s missing now, I can say I once fell (and still am) in love with each one of these ‘ten great films’. So let’s let the list speak for itself.

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