Luciano Barisone

Director, Visions Du Réel

Switzerland/Italy

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

400 Blows, The

1959

François Truffaut

Breathless

1960

Jean-Luc Godard

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

dolce vita, La

1960

Federico Fellini

Easy Rider

1969

Peter Fonda/Dennis Hopper

Journey to Italy

1954

Roberto Rossellini

Last Bolshevik, The

1993

Chris Marker

Tabu

1931

F. W. Murnau

Tokyo Story

1953

Ozu Yasujirô

World of Apu, The

1958

Satyajit Ray

Comments

I chose not according to some rational and calculated criteria but spontaneously, like someone who was recalling some of his favourite souvenirs or – if you prefer – as a psychoanalyst’s client involved in a word-association test. I don’t know why I choose these films: the best films are in the thousands and I don’t really believe that life is a hierarchical system, but rather a collective one. So maybe, for me, a fragment of a film is more important that the corpus of a famous filmmaker. Anyway, if I’m now involved in the ‘cinema du réel’ (I don’t like the word ‘documentary’ – it’s too ambiguous and often used to depict a minor genre, mostly for television) it’s because in my past films that revealed the astonishment of the truth (I don’t talk about the truth of plot, information or a speech, but the truth of living bodies, of an action, of emotion) are connected to the reality, Also if they are the result of a complete manipulation (as – we know it – every form of art is). They are also, in some cases, the fruit of a challenge where we see at the same time a creative mind at work, a filmmaker’s faith in his project, the intimate necessity to do it, the respect for the spectator as an intelligent being. Finally, I probably chose them because they revealed something closely connected to my own intimate reality. I belong to a generation who was born in the 1950s – that’s why you don’t find any new film in my list.

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