David Curtis

Retired research fellow, Central Saint Martins

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

2 into 1

Gillian Wearing

Assumption

1997

Peter Gidal

Bliss

1967

Gregory J. Markopoulos

Dimensions of Dialogue

1982

Jan Svankmajer

Mothlight

1963

Stan Brakhage

Place of Work & Tailpiece

1976

Margaret Tait

Reel Time

Annabel Nicolson

Screen Tests

1965

Andy Warhol

Short Film Series

Guy Sherwin

Trade Tattoo

1937

Len Lye

Comments

I love big films, but I love little films such as these even more – works made by a single author, as writers write and painters paint. These are films that I can watch happily in the cinema with a crowd, or in someone’s living room with a group of friends, or on my laptop. I also carry them around in my head. Some are the product of intense planning, calculation and manual dexterity (Lye, Brakhage, Markopoulos, Gidal, Svankmajer), while the Warhol couldn’t be more hands off. The others lie somewhere in between – more a case of ‘an image seized’ (Tait and Sherwin) or a single concept elegantly expressed (Wearing). They’re all great and universal in appeal, but another day I might give a completely different list.

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