Sanjeev Verma

Critic

India

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Best Years of Our Lives, The

1946

William Wyler

Bicycle Thieves, The

1948

Vittorio de Sica

Brief Encounter

1945

David Lean

Charulata

1964

Satyajit Ray

Madame de…

1953

Max Ophüls

Maqbool

2004

Vishal Bharadwaj

Monsieur Verdoux

1947

Charles Chaplin

Pather Panchali

1955

Satyajit Ray

Rear Window

1954

Alfred Hitchcock

Rocco and his Brothers

1960

Luchino Visconti

Comments

After much thought and agonising, here’s my list. I’m thrilled to include a modern epic in Maqbool, India’s adaptation of Macbeth, a genuine tragedy and among the best directed and acted films you could hope to see. All the other films are from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. I’m happy to find a place in my ten for William Wyler’s The Best Years of Our Lives, a film I keep going back to, and the poignant operatic melodrama of Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers. The first film I put down on my list was, as always, Satyajit Ray’s Charulata. Give me these ten and I may not want to return from my desert island.

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