Zsolt Gyenge

Assistant professor, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest

Hungary

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

chien andalou, Un

1928

Luis Buñuel

Close-Up

1989

Abbas Kiarostami

Death of Mr Lazarescu, The

2005

Cristi Puiu

Dogville

2003

Lars von Trier

Great Dictator, The

1940

Charles Chaplin

Hidden

2004

Michael Haneke

Mirror

1974

Andrei Tarkovsky

Pierrot le Fou

1965

Jean-Luc Godard

Sátántangó

1994

Béla Tarr

Wavelength

1967

Michael Snow

Comments

When choosing films for the impossible list of the ten greatest, I had three criteria in mind. First, in order to be considered as one of the greatest, movies should always look for new ways of cinematic expression or should try to analyse, to reflect on the problems, possibilities and boundaries of representation. Second, it is also important that it doesn’t become a purely formal innovation, so it should also be able to have an emotional and/or intellectual effect on its viewer through its thematic content – it should deal with relevant issues. And the third criteria is about a film’s contemporaneity in 2012: I chose films that didn’t seem outdated, obsolete neither in their formal or thematic treatment, irrespective of their year of production.

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