Peter Debruge

Critic

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Borat

2006

Larry Charles

My Neighbour Totoro

1988

Miyazaki Hayao

Notorious

1946

Alfred Hitchcock

Performance

1970

Donald Cammell/Nicolas Roeg

Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom

1975

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Samouraï, Le

1967

Jean-Pierre Melville

Seven Samurai

1954

Akira Kurosawa

Sunrise

1927

F. W. Murnau

Three Colours: Red

1994

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Trip to the Moon, A

1902

Georges Méliès

Comments

It’s a thrill to be included in the Sight & Sound poll for the first time. A decade ago, while still fresh out of film school, I mocked up a list of what my choices might be, a selection that hewed far closer to the canon. Studying the differences, it’s safe to say it is I, not cinema itself, that has changed the most in the interim. I certainly have less need for the notion of a Platonically perfect film. Instead, each of these entries represents new directions in which the medium has or might still take us.

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