Sheila Schvarzman

Professor, Program of Communication Media, Anhembi Morumbi University; specialist on Film and History

Brazil

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Assunta Spina

1914

Francesca Bertini

Battleship Potemkin

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

Black God, White Devil

1964

Glauber Rocha

Letters from Iwo Jima

2006

Clint Eastwood

Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The

1962

John Ford

Night of the Hunter, The

1955

Charles Laughton

Notre Music

2004

Jean-Luc Godard

Splendor in the Grass

1961

Elia Kazan

Through the Olive Trees

1994

Abbas Kiarostami

Trip to the Moon, A

1902

Georges Méliès

Comments

Assunta Spina is by a woman directing a realist film in Italy – we have to remember these films. Battleship Potemkin because of the imagination of the revolution and its filmic invention. Black God, White Devil is suffused with the aesthetics of hunger, of the third world. Letters from Iwo Jima sees, finally, filmaking about the both sides of the Second World War, made using a contemporary aesthetic. Notre Music is a deep reflection on the 20th-century history and moviemaking. Splendor in the Grass contains everything about history and the movie. The Man who Shot Liberty Valence is a bitter John Ford film, about a bitter America and its antiheroes. The Night of the Hunter is, quite simply one of the most impressive films I have ever seen. Through the Olive Trees shows us images of the other via a new form neorealism. And A Trip to the Moon is an imagination of the future, a staging of the 19th century in the movies.

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