Pamela Biénzobas Saffie

Critic, Revista de Cine Mabuse

Chile

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Andrei Rublev

1966

Andrei Tarkovsky

Blue Velvet

1986

David Lynch

Days of Heaven

1978

Terrence Malick

Edvard Munch

1976

Peter Watkins

Gospel According to St Matthew, The

1964

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Paris, Texas

1984

Wim Wenders

Passenger, The

1974

Michelangelo Antonioni

Passion of Joan of Arc

1927

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Pickpocket

1959

Robert Bresson

Ugetsu Monogatari

1953

Mizoguchi Kenji

Comments

One way I found to try to get around the difficulty (and sense of arrogance) of establishing a list of the greatest films of all times was to set myself aside and arbitrarily rule out all of the filmmakers that appeared in the top ten directors or films in the 2002 poll. This meant excluding all films by Bergman, Coppola, De Sica, Donen, Eisenstein, Fellini, Ford, Godard, Hitchcock, Kelly, Kubrick, Kurosawa, Lean, Murnau, Ozu, Renoir, Scorsese, Welles or Wilder. Some exclusions, of course, were painful. Then, though I was tempted to seek certain balance and variety (I am not pleased at the evident cultural and chronological concentration of the list), I stuck to a term suggested in the invitation to vote, “impact”, and assumed the utter subjectivity of the exercise. These are just a few of the films (with all of the mentioned exceptions and many other heartbreaking absences) that have had the greatest impact on me when I discovered or rediscovered them.

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