Michael Berry

Professor, University of California Santa Barbara

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

400 Blows, The

1959

François Truffaut

Au Hasard Balthazar

1966

Robert Bresson

Bad Sleep Well, The

1960

Akira Kurosawa

Bicycle Thieves, The

1948

Vittorio de Sica

Days of Heaven

1978

Terrence Malick

Dust in the Wind

1986

Hsiao-hsien Hou

My Dinner with Andre

1981

Louis Malle

One and a Two, A

1999

Edward Yang

Touch of Zen, A

1969

King Hu

Unknown Pleasures

2002

Jia Zhang Ke

Comments

Early versions of my list vacillated between acknowledged classics that have dominated previous Sight & Sound top-ten lists (Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Vertigo and Taxi Driver) and those smaller personal films that I keep coming back to – ultimately the latter won out. I did, however, limit myself to one title per director, leaving out many other beloved titles such as Jia’s Platform, Hou’s City of Sadness, Yang’s Brighter Summer Day, Kurosawa’s Ikiru and Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest.

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