José Carlos Avellar

Critic, Escrever Cinema

Brazil

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Barren Lives

1963

Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Battleship Potemkin

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

Entranced Earth

1967

Glauber Rocha

Memories of Underdevelopment

1968

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

Oedipux Rex

1967

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Passenger, The

1974

Michelangelo Antonioni

Pierrot le Fou

1965

Jean-Luc Godard

Providence

1977

Alain Resnais

Travelling Players, The

1975

Theodoros Angelopoulos

Twenty Years Later

1984

Eduardo Coutinho

Comments

As we all know, the ten greatest films of all time are hundred, or more, or still more. We must see the list just like we see a film: with eyes wide open to see what is outside the frame as well as within it. Here and there, we see mostly, first, or only the out-of-frame image, an image that the one on the screen projects in our mind. Every ten years, the real rule of the game is to see the ‘out of the list’ films – thus the ‘ten greatest’ includes many others that we cannot take out of focus. In my list these are works by Bergman, Bertolucci, Bresson, Buñuel, Dreyer, Erice, Kluge, Loach, Losey, Mizoguchi, Murnau, Ozu, Tarkovski, Visconti, Welles... Let’s imagine the ten greatest as a single frame taken by chance in the middle of a travelling shot: the previous and the following frame of this moving picture show a different ten.

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