Michael Witt

Co-director, Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures, University of Roehampton, London

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

(nostalgia)

1971

Hollis Frampton

chien andalou, Un

1928

Luis Buñuel

Day of Wrath

1943

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975

Chantal Akerman

Last Laugh, The

1924

F. W. Murnau

Man with a Movie Camera

1929

Dziga Vertov

Night and Fog

1955

Alain Resnais

Power of Speech, The

Jean-Luc Godard

Society of the Spectacle, The

1973

Guy Debord

Trip to the Moon, A

1902

Georges Méliès

Comments

My main reason for selecting these films is that they all touched me deeply when I first encountered them, and I have returned to them repeatedly since. In addition, I was keen to include a range of different types of films (eg documentaries, dramas, essays, pamphlets and poems), which together remind us of cinema’s capacity to enchant, inform, reveal, interrogate, contest, bear witness, philosophise and entertain.

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