Nigel Andrews

Critic, Financial Times

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Aguirre, Wrath of God

1972

Werner Herzog

Annie Hall

1977

Woody Allen

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

Godfather: Part II, The

1974

Francis Ford Coppola

Hour of the Wolf

1968

Ingmar Bergman

Melancholia

2011

Lars von Trier

Spirited Away

2001

Miyazaki Hayao

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

2010

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Wild Bunch, The

1969

Sam Peckinpah

Comments

Kane and Vertigo don’t top the chart by divine right. But those two films are just still the best at doing what great cinema ought to do: extending the everyday into the visionary. My other films were picked for the same reason, though maybe Woody Allen’s greatness lies in taking the everyday and keeping it everyday, just enhanced it with brilliant comic wisdom and perception.

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