Richard Porton

Editor, Cineaste

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Age d'Or, L'

1930

Luis Buñuel

Battle of Algiers, The

1966

Gillo Pontecorvo

Entranced Earth

1967

Glauber Rocha

High School

1968

Frederick Wiseman

Hyenas

1992

Djibril Diop Mambéty

Jetée, La

1962

Chris Marker

Meshes of the Afternoon

1943

Maya Deren/Alexander Hammid

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

WR: Mysteries of the Organism

1971

Dusan Makavejev

Zero de Conduite

1933

Jean Vigo

Comments

Although I would not claim that these are the ‘greatest’ films of all time, they’re films that, for various reasons, were crucial in shaping my view of cinema’s aesthetic potential, as well as its ability to promote social change. While there are certainly hundreds, if not thousands, of other titles that are arguably more influential or canonical, these are films that I found particularly laden with “catalytic moments.

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