Ronald Rovers

Film critic, Filmkrant, Cinema.nl, VPRO Gids, Vogue

Netherlands

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Stanley Kubrick

Avventura, L'

1960

Michelangelo Antonioni

Blue Velvet

1986

David Lynch

Close-Up

1989

Abbas Kiarostami

Dekalog

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Passion of Joan of Arc

1927

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Russian Ark

2002

Aleksandr Sokurov

Stalker

1979

Andrei Tarkovsky

Tree of Life, The

2010

Terrence Malick

Videodrome

1983

David Cronenberg

Comments

These are the films that swept me off my feet for whatever reason. I couldn’t get past Dreyer, but the rest are more less contemporary. Videodrome is essential for prophetically redefining our relationship with the screen; Blue Velvet for its pulsating sense of fear and madness; The Passion, L’Avventura and Stalker for their celebration of absence; 2001, The Tree of Life and Dekalog for the sense of awe they inspire; Russian Ark for its singular take on a horrific moment in human history; and Close-Up for further obscuring the real.

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