Adrian Danks

Lecturer, RMIT University; co-editor, Senses of Cinema

Australia

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Army of Shadows

1969

Jean-Pierre Melville

Belle Noiseuse, La

1991

Jacques Rivette

Canterbury Tale, A

1944

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

Late Autumn

1960

Ozu Yasujirô

Madame de…

1953

Max Ophüls

Playtime

1967

Jacques Tati

Report

1986

Bruce Conner

Sans Soleil

1982

Chris Marker

Spirit of the Beehive, The

1973

Víctor Erice

Sunrise

1927

F. W. Murnau

Comments

These are all profound works of proximity and distance, of time and memory, of overflowing and distilled emotion, of cinema and the world beyond – films that will give you “a set of emotions that’ll stay with ya” (to quote Warren Oates in Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop). Sadly missing in action: Renoir, Chuck Jones, Hitchcock, Varda, Altman, Brakhage, Kiarostami, Lubitsch, Jennings, Davies, Wilder and Malick.

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