Dana Linssen

Editor-in-chief, de Filmkrant; film critic, NRC Handelsblad

Netherlands

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Chungking Express

1994

Wong Kar Wai

Fight Club

1999

David Fincher

House is Black, The

1962

Forough Farrokhzad

Intruder, The

2004

Claire Denis

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975

Chantal Akerman

Man Escaped, A

1956

Robert Bresson

RR

2008

James Benning

Sans Soleil

1982

Chris Marker

Singin' in the Rain

1951

Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly

Yellow Submarine

1968

George Dunning

Comments

I am not a list person. They drift with the clouds. The top three, however, has been unchanged for years. And of these three, I could even narrow it down to particular ‘great’ scenes: in the first, the famous singing and dancing in the rain; in the second, the opening sequence with the English voiceover, but with the original French Racine quote: “The distance between countries compensates somewhat for the excessive closeness of time” (although I love the Eliot one too); in the third, the final pandemonium that spells/says/sings: ‘All You Need is Love’. These scenes made me love cinema. In all, it’s about the magic, discomfort and capacity to see beyond the image. The other films all blew my mind at some point, probably for the same reasons. But I cannot exactly say why – that is why I keep returning to them. In general that is my only criteria in compiling lists and ‘rating’ films: which ones would I like to see again, here and now. It happens rather intuitively. But I have to bow my head in humility for not being able to include John Smith’s The Girl Chewing Gum, Abbas Kiarostami’s The Wind Will Carry Us, Tsai Ming-liangs What Time is it There? and Abderrahmane Sisako’s Bamako or Agnès Varda’s Les plages d’Agnès. And others. Oh well.

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