Sean Cubitt

Lecturer, University of Southampton

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Closely Observed Trains

1966

Jiří Menzel

General, The

1926

Buster Keaton

Histoire(s) du cinéma

Jean-Luc Godard

Infernal Affairs

2002

Andrew Lau/Alan Mak

Mothlight

1963

Stan Brakhage

Princess Mononoke

1997

Miyazaki Hayao

Pyaasa

1957

Guru Dutt

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Wild Bunch, The

1969

Sam Peckinpah

Yellow Earth

1984

Chen Kaige

Comments

So many others: Les Enfants du Paradis, Scorsese’s The Departed, Makaveyev’s Swtchboard Operator, Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven… Cinema at its best has a fundamentally Romantic attitude, as in Goethe or Wordsworth: the effort to reconcile science, perception and the heart that makes it the defining medium of the modern age.

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