Long Tin Shum

Film critic

Hong Kong

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Aguirre, Wrath of God


Werner Herzog

Ashes of Time


Wong Kar Wai

Blow Up


Michelangelo Antonioni



Jean-Luc Godard

dolce vita, La


Federico Fellini

Innocent, The


Luchino Visconti

Last Year At Marienbad


Alain Resnais

Obscure Object of Desire, That


Luis Buñuel

Règle du jeu, La


Jean Renoir



Andrei Tarkovsky


Alain Resnais’ Last Year in Marrienbad is a full exploration of the meaning of narrative truth in cinema. The audience will always be absorbed in the labyrinth of desire and signs and never want to come out. Is the fate of the one who can never enter the Room but must always be guide for others the destiny of a humble artist? Stalker is so tender, so moving and so poetic. Breathless has an excellent mise en scène and explores how narration merges with meta-film reflections. The Innocent shows the power of elegent indulence as aesthetics of cinema. Blow-Up is another reflection on reality and the intolerance of art, and is so rich in visual layers. Federico Fellini, La Dolce Vita suceeded in bringing out the notion of the dialectic bittersweet relationship. It’s also a strong criticism of capitalist city lives. Ashes of Time is a deep and double-edged discourse on love, refined with classic dialogue. Aguirre, Wrath of God reminds us the absurdity of life and the arrogance of human beings – the images of vanity; the sighs of actuality. That Obscure Object of Desire is the perfect exhibition of the structure of desire, and is powerfully imagined. The Rules of Game may be the greatest film in history.

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