Mick Hannigan

Director, Cork Film Festival

Ireland

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Atalante, L'

1934

Jean Vigo

Battle of Algiers, The

1966

Gillo Pontecorvo

Colour of Pomegranates, The

1968

Sergei Parajanov

Double Indemnity

1944

Billy Wilder

Jetée, La

1962

Chris Marker

Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The

1943

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

Reservoir Dogs

1991

Quentin Tarantino

Shining, The

1980

Stanley Kubrick

Shoah

1985

Claude Lanzmann

Wild Bunch, The

1969

Sam Peckinpah

Comments

An impossible task of course, citing a definitive ten when one’s library - of DVDs or of cinema books – number hundreds of examples of great cinema. Though a useful exercise, such lists tend to favour the dominant mode of cinema, the fiction feature film. Cinema is richer then that. If one is asked “What’s your favourite writing?” the list would include novels and essays and short stories and journalism and poetry and comic-book writing. Similarly with cinema.

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