Kaushik Bhaumik

Deputy director, Osian's-Cinefan Festival, New Delhi

India

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

47 Ronin, The

1941

Mizoguchi Kenji

Battleship Potemkin

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

Easy Rider

1969

Peter Fonda/Dennis Hopper

Greed

1925

Erich von Stroheim

olvidados, Los

1950

Luis Buñuel

Om Dar-ba-Dar

1988

Kamal Swaroop

Passenger, The

1974

Michelangelo Antonioni

Perfumed Nightmare

1976

Kidlat Tahimik

Platform

2000

Jia Zhang Ke

Sweet Movie

1973

Dusan Makavejev

Comments

Much is missed out of this list, of course – I especially regretted not finding place for Pasolini’s Teorema, for Belle de Jour and for Chungking Express. Visconti is sorely missed, as are very personal favourites like Franju’s Les yeux sans visage and Vigo’s L’Atalante. All I can hope for is that the spirit of these absent films lurks somewhere among the films chosen. As for what guides the choices, I feel that until now most good cinema has come from outside those cultural conventions that we call ‘western’ – from where the medium has forever been welcomed as a magical visitor from nowhere. The films chosen here best live up to the wildly experimental and playful ways in which cinema was meant to be engaged with.

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