Ain-Ling Wong

Researcher and critic

Hong Kong

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Atalante, L'

1934

Jean Vigo

Avventura, L'

1960

Michelangelo Antonioni

Brighter Summer Day, A

1991

Edward Yang

Charulata

1964

Satyajit Ray

Faces

1968

John Cassavetes

French Cancan

1955

Jean Renoir

Late Spring

1949

Ozu Yasujirô

Puppetmaster, The

1993

Hsiao-hsien Hou

Spring in a Small Town

1948

Fei Mu

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

Alongside the subversive Michel Simon, Jean Vigo left behind a beautiful piece of poetry in L’Atalante. Who can forget the sensuality and vulnerability of Monica Vitti in the undeniable classic of modernism L’Avventura? A Brighter Summer Day is the very personal reminiscences of the artist’s time, filmed with great lucidity. Charulata is elegant and sophisticated filmmaking at its best. In Faces, reality transforms and transcends art. After a long exile, Renoir celebrated his return with the vivacious colours and movements of French Cancan – not to mention the unforgettable Gabin. Late Spring is the crystallisation of eternal loneliness. At once human and serene, attached and detached, The Puppetmaster is history/History told à la HHH. Spring in a Small Town is an aesthetically a sublime merging of the modern and the traditional. Vertigo is simply mesmerising, which is what cinema is all about.

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