Martin Koerber

Head of German Film Archive/German Cinematheque – Museum for Film and Television


Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Bad and the Beautiful, The


Vincente Minnelli

Black Moon


Louis Malle

Black Narcissus


Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger



Wim Verstappen

Made in Germany and USA


Rudolf Thome



Fritz Lang

People on Sunday


Curt Siodmak/Robert Siodmak/Edgar G. Ulmer/Fred Zinnemann

Sweeney Todd


Tim Burton

ber Uns Der Dom

Rudolf Bamberger



Carl Theodor Dreyer


Black Narcissus for its boldness in exploring repressed sentiments, and for its use of colour as an instrument of expressing them. Black Moon for being weird and mysterious in some unrivaled way, and for its daring casting. Vampyr for letting the viewer experience how only cinema can shift time and space. People on Sunday for being the saddest movie in the world, which most people don’t get. The Bad and the Beautiful for being the second-saddest movie in the world. Metropolis for being a bad movie that is nevertheless able to keep silent cinema alive and thus fulfils a function it was never intended for. Dakota for the incredible coolness of Kees Brusse, who learned to fly to make this movie. Über uns der dom for the memory of a great set designer, who attempted in this short film to use existing architecture as a set for a spiritual experience. Sweeney Todd for the surprisingly successful transition from stage to screen and excellent musical direction. Made in Germany and USA for the unnerving closeness to reality, while being a fictional movie…

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