Roberta Ciabarra

Programmer, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Australia

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

1963

Federico Fellini

400 Blows, The

1959

François Truffaut

Age of Innocence, The

1993

Martin Scorsese

Barton Fink

1991

Joel & Ethan Coen

Bicycle Thieves, The

1948

Vittorio de Sica

Blue Velvet

1986

David Lynch

Conformist, The

1970

Bernardo Bertolucci

Conversation, The

1974

Francis Ford Coppola

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2004

Michel Gondry

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

It seems preposterous if not outright shameful to have ignored all film production before 1948 (my earliest entry), not to mention entire continents, and I certainly didn’t deliberately confine my selection to the first five letters of the alphabet (and one consonant very late in the spectrum). With those qualifications made, the films in my list are ones whose originality and bravura fairly winded me with exhilaration in my initial encounters with them – on 35mm in dedicated cinema environments, for what it may be worth (a great deal, to me) – and to which I habitually return, their aesthetic and existential pleasures undiluted by repeat viewings (lesser viewing formats notwithstanding).

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