Peter Shepotinnik

Programmer, Moscow International Film Festival; presenter of his own TV program

Russia

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

1963

Federico Fellini

City Lights

1931

Charles Chaplin

grande illusion, La

1937

Jean Renoir

Husbands

1970

John Cassavetes

Long Farewell, The

1987

Kira Muratova

Mirror

1974

Andrei Tarkovsky

Niki and Flo

2003

Lucian Pintilie

North by Northwest

1959

Alfred Hitchcock

Severe Young Man, A

1936

Abram Room

Sherlock Jr

1924

Buster Keaton

Comments

Sherlock Jr. is a still baffling example of a rare mastery of film language, which seemingly serves purely genre purposes and thus is unaware of its own innovative mission. City Lights is one of the highlights of film history, where lofty classical melodrama happily coexists with brilliant humour. As artistically vibrant as ever, La grande illusion, a saga about an eternal war to which humanity doomed itself, is remarkable for its peaceful and poetic intonation and a sarcastic philosophical message. With amazing insight and stylistic perfectionism, Severe Young Man managed to convey the emasculated essence of the Stalinist epoch, when reality was no more than a chain of rituals performed by lifeless sculpture-like homunculuses. A genre experiment taken to the heights of brilliant absurdity, North by Northwest is a direct forebear of the postmodernist scorn of the classical purity of genres. 8 ½ plunged the viewer into endless labyrinths of the creative process and put an end to Euclidian notions of linear film narrative. John Cassavetes. The web of human relations is reproduced by shrewd John Cassavetes in Husbands with the meticulous precision of a micro-surgeon. The masterpiece Long Farewell nearly vanished into the vaults of banned movies. Outwardly it is a mere family drama, but in essence it is a whimsical, aggressively egocentric poetic pronouncement. The most personal of Andrey Tarkovsky’s movies, in The Mirror he found a poetic equivalent for the verses of his father Arseny Tarkovsky and convinced the world of the immortality of the great Russian artistic tradition. Niki and Flo is a severe and unsentimental farewell to the unrealised socialist utopia that anticipated the Romanian New Wave of the first decade of the 21st century. And another ten; Storm Over Asia by Vsevolod Pudovkin; Dead At Night by Alberto Cavalcanti and Others; High Noon by Fred Zinnemann; Mogambo by John Ford; Le Mépris by Jean Luc Godard; Blow-Up by Michelangelo Antonioni; July Rain by Marlen Khutsiev; The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola; Yellow Submarine by George Dunning; My Friend Ivan Lapshin by Alexey German; Timecode by Mike Figgis.

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