Andrew Lampert

Curator, Collections/Anthology film archives; filmmaker

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Artists and Models

1955

Frank Tashlin

Bimbo's Initiation

1931

Dave Fleischer

Bleu Shut

1970

Robert Nelson

Head

1968

Bob Rafelson

Kitch's Last Meal

1978

Carolee Schneemann

Lancelot Du Lac

1974

Robert Bresson

Long Goodbye, The

1973

Robert Altman

NYC Street Scenes and Noises

Fox Movietone News

Portrait of Jason

1967

Shirley Clarke

Zero de Conduite

1933

Jean Vigo

Comments

Feel free to laugh. In no way do I expect you to accept this canonical compendium at face value. My list was not made solely to champion the little guy or to represent the ‘other’. It’s more a record of past experience and current feelings rather than an objective attempt to stratify history. If you tell me that one of these films is playing, chances are I’ll be there. Without a doubt I will emphatically insist that you must go. A few of my picks are shorts, and one title (NYC Street Scenes) is raw footage from a newsreel. Feature length is in large part a ruse: a film is over when it is finished, whether counted in seconds or hours. The classics endure (Touch of Evil being far better than Citizen Kane) and will out rule my selections, which is OK. I don’t necessarily suggest that my choices are better, but for me, writing today, they are the best.

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