Mike D'Angelo

Critic

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Stanley Kubrick

Blood Simple

1983

Joel & Ethan Coen

Double Indemnity

1944

Billy Wilder

Exotica

1994

Atom Egoyan

Manhattan

1979

Woody Allen

Only Angels Have Wings

1939

Howard Hawks

Outer Space

2002

Peter Tscherkassky

Partie de campagne

1936

Jean Renoir

Star is Born, A

1954

George Cukor

Woman of the Dunes

1964

Teshigahara Hiroshi

Comments

Not feeling remotely qualified to decide what’s ‘greatest’, I’ve submitted a list of the films that have most powerfully affected me, albeit in a variety of very different ways. Some inspire sheer awe (2001, Outer Space); some cathartically confirm bleaker aspects of my worldview (Blood Simple, Double Indemnity); some fashion a deliberately artificial environment that seems more truthful than the strictest naturalism (Exotica, Woman in the Dunes); and some just destroy me with alternating fusillades of joy and pain (Day in the Country, Manhattan, A Star is Born).

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