Laurent Jullier

Professor of Film Theory, Université de Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle

France

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

A Place in the Sun

1951

George Stevens

Bicycle Thieves, The

1948

Vittorio de Sica

Death in Venice

1971

Luchino Visconti

Plaisir, Le

1951

Max Ophüls

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Smiles of a Summer Night

1952

Ingmar Bergman

Some Came Running

1958

Vincente Minnelli

Sunset Blvd.

1950

Billy Wilder

Swimmer, The

1968

Frank Perry

Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The

1964

Jacques Demy

Comments

This top ten is built according to a utilitarian point of view or, more precisely, to a ‘meliorist’ approach to every spectator’s bildung. Stanley Cavell, among other scholars, coined this term in relation to the power of film (Martha Nussbaum studied it in the case of litterature, John Dewey in the case of art). Each teenager who is able to see these ten movies with the proper gaze (ie to see beyond their old-fashioned audiovisual and acting style to understand the life lessons they deliver) will do make choices in her or his personal life.

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