Monte Hellman

Two-Lane Blacktop; Road to Nowhere

US

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Asphalt Jungle, The

1950

John Huston

Casablanca

1942

Michael Curtiz

enfants du paradis, Les

1945

Marcel Carné

Goodbye, Dragon Inn

2003

Tsai Ming Liang

House of Flying Daggers

2004

Zhang Yimou

Outcast of the Islands

1952

Carol Reed

Samouraï, Le

1967

Jean-Pierre Melville

Spirit of the Beehive, The

1973

Víctor Erice

Stavisky…

1974

Alain Resnais

Storm Over Asia

1928

Vsevolod Pudovkin

Comments

These are the first ten that came to mind, in the order I remembered them. They are all pictures that have been an important part of my life, and have had a profound influence on me. Another important criterion for me is emotional effect on me. I find all of these deeply moving.

I immediately thought of 12 (these numerical constraints are too difficult!) more: The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski), La Sentinelle (Desplechin), Scenes from a Marriage (Bergman), Notorious (Hitchcock), Pan's Labyrinth (del Toro), My Favourite Brunette (Nugent), A Slave of Love (Mikhalkov), His Girl Friday (Hawks), The Lady Eve (Sturges), A Place in the Sun (Stevens), Night Must Fall (Thorpe), Climates (Ceylan). These lists are easily interchangeable. There are a hundred movies that I would find some way to bring with me to the proverbial desert island. How could I exclude Gene Tierney?

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