Sandra Hebron

Curator; critic; trainee psychotherapist; former director BFI London Film Festival

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Battle of Algiers, The

1966

Gillo Pontecorvo

Battleship Potemkin

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

Black Girl

1965

Ousmane Sembene

Grey Gardens

1975

Maysles Brothers

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975

Chantal Akerman

Kes

1969

Ken Loach

Killer of Sheep

1977

Charles Burnett

Letter From an Unknown Woman

1948

Max Ophüls

Matter of Life and Death, A

1946

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

Tokyo Story

1953

Ozu Yasujirô

Comments

An agonising task, here are ten films that have affected me deeply on each and every viewing. Choosing ten is brutal, given that we have 60 more years of cinematic richness to draw on than when the poll was initiated. I can’t believe I’m submitting a list with so many of my favourite filmmakers absent from it, nor that I’ve failed to stick to my intention to feature more recent titles.

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