Martin Rubin

Associate Director of Programming, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

His Girl Friday

1939

Howard Hawks

Life of Oharu, The

1952

Mizoguchi Kenji

mépris, Le

1963

Jean-Luc Godard

Paisà

1946

Roberto Rossellini

Passion of Joan of Arc

1927

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Psycho

1960

Alfred Hitchcock

Rear Window

1954

Alfred Hitchcock

Searchers, The

1956

John Ford

Touch of Evil

1958

Orson Welles

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

Sorry to be such a fogey. Youthful loves remain the most passionate in art as in life, although the ultra-high esteem for Hitchcock reflected in this list is a more recent development. Teaching has taught me that no filmmaker’s work more richly rewards close attention. This list also reflects a belief that postwar Hollywood was film history’s greatest source of great films. Odd that at the time it was widely considered the nadir for many good, logical reasons (the blacklist, declining attendance, technical gimmickry and so on), but art moves in mysterious, not always logical ways.

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