Nick Pinkerton

Critic

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

A nos Amours

1983

Maurice Pialat

Beguiled, The

1970

Don Siegel

Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, The

1972

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Devil Probably, The

1977

Robert Bresson

Lusty Men, The

1952

Nicholas Ray

Maman et la putain, La

1973

Jean Eustache

Meet Me In St. Louis

1944

Vincente Minnelli

Sound and Fury

1988

Jean-Claude Brisseau

Sunrise

1927

F. W. Murnau

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

Rather than try to identify the irrefutable landmarks of world cinema, I applied a simple criterion in splashing this list down — these are works that, when walking away from them, I no longer felt myself to be quite the same person. Taken as a Rorschach test, they reveal the subject’s hang-ups over that ol’ jumble of Eros and Thanatos, which comes as no great surprise. Profoundest apologies to Duras and Malick and Naruse and Imamura and Dick Fleischer (and all the great utility men) and, in the Minnelli slot, Some Came Running — I did need a couple of happy endings.

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