Miguel Marías

Freelance critic and teacher

Spain

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Affair to Remember, An

1957

Leo McCarey

Isn't Life Wonderful

1924

D.W. Griffith

Mortal Storm, The

1940

Frank Borzage

River, The

1951

Jean Renoir

Street of Shame

1956

Mizoguchi Kenji

Student Prince In Old Heidelberg

1927

Ernst Lubitsch

Tabu

1931

F. W. Murnau

The Tiger of Eschnapur/The Indian Tomb

1958

Fritz Lang

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Wings of Eagles, The

1956

John Ford

Comments

Let’s wait and see if the reign of Citizen Kane continues. These are neither the ten films I think are the greatest ever made nor even my ten favourite ones. I would need at least one hundred for that. They are merely ten that I admire as much as any other but which, even choosing only one film per director, do not fully represent what I find most important or what moves me most in the cinema. If they are all very old (the most recent is 54 years old) it is because I have chosen only fool-proof movies that I have watched many times and in the course of at least 50 years, excluding both those which I have seen only a couple of times or only quite recently. That leaves out recent discoveries or possibly passing fancies. It makes me angry at myself to leave out Godard, Dreyer, Rossellini, Chaplin, Preminger, Ophüls, Nicholas Ray, Hawks, Naruse, Ozu, Shimizu, Guitry and many others, but alas, ten is ten.

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