Mehelli Modi

Founder, second run DVD

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Au Hasard Balthazar

1966

Robert Bresson

General, The

1926

Buster Keaton

grande illusion, La

1937

Jean Renoir

Marketa Lazarová

1967

Frantisek Vlácil

Out of the Past

1947

Jacques Tourneur

Passion of Joan of Arc

1927

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Pather Panchali

1955

Satyajit Ray

Seven Samurai

1954

Akira Kurosawa

Sunset Blvd.

1950

Billy Wilder

Touch of Zen, A

1969

King Hu

Comments

The more good films you are encouraged to see, the more you realise how important cinema is as a language. There are very many great films, and a list such as this only emphasises all the wonderful works that had to be left out. On another day the list might have been slightly different, but it would still contain the films that I love very much that affected me personally. There are certain films that I no longer need to mention here as they have topped ‘all-time’ lists many times, but there are certain contemporary filmmakers whose remarkable works I wish I could have included – among them Chantal Akerman, Pedro Costa, Miklós Jancsó, David Lynch, Bela Tarr and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

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