Ruy Gardnier

Critic, Contracampo, O Globo

Brazil

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Atalante, L'

1934

Jean Vigo

Europa 51

1952

Roberto Rossellini

Flowers of Shanghai

1998

Hsiao-hsien Hou

Fort Apache

1948

John Ford

Modern Times

1936

Charles Chaplin

Only Angels Have Wings

1939

Howard Hawks

Pierrot le Fou

1965

Jean-Luc Godard

Playtime

1967

Jacques Tati

Sansho Dayu

1954

Mizoguchi Kenji

Tropical Malady

2004

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Comments

There are probably 200 films that deserve to be on this list, by Bresson, Dreyer, Brakhage, Lang, Stroheim, Fassbinder, Rocha, Oliveira, Hitchcock, Kiarostami, Straub/Huillet and others. It would be possible, on the other hand, to choose ten films all by Ford, Godard or Mizoguchi. This is a personal list of masterpieces that loosely represent cinema’s greatest possibilities of expression and thought expansion through mise en scène.

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