Paul Bush

While Darwin Sleeps…; Busby Berkeley’s Tribute to Mae West

UK

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Apocalypse Now

1979

Francis Ford Coppola

Breathless

1960

Jean-Luc Godard

Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The

1943

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

M

1931

Fritz Lang

Mirror

1974

Andrei Tarkovsky

Passion of Joan of Arc

1927

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Searchers, The

1956

John Ford

Strike, The

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

Tokyo Story

1953

Ozu Yasujirô

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

Maybe I've taken this too seriously at the expense of a more personal choice, but these not only represent different national cinemas - the best, or most striking or most original from each, most of the major genres, landmark films and… Well, if I start to say more I remember so many I've left out. Why no Kubrick, for instance? No comedy? No science fiction? Can we do 12 next time?

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