Luc Sante

Independent writer; critic

US/Belgium

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Andrei Rublev

1966

Andrei Tarkovsky

Atalante, L'

1934

Jean Vigo

Crime of Monsieur Lange, The

1935

Jean Renoir

Greed

1925

Erich von Stroheim

Lusty Men, The

1952

Nicholas Ray

Magnificent Ambersons, The

1942

Orson Welles

Maman et la putain, La

1973

Jean Eustache

Out 1

1990

Jacques Rivette

Shadows

1959

John Cassavetes

Sherlock Jr

1924

Buster Keaton

Comments

I think trying to draw up a list of the greatest whatever is a mug’s game. These are the movies that have done the most for my imagination. And yes, I do know that two of them (Greed and The Magnificent Ambersons) have been severely compromised by studio abridgement, but that doesn’t reduce their galvanic effect upon me.

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