John Ewing

Director, Cleveland Cinematheque

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

Dr. Strangelove

1963

Stanley Kubrick

grande illusion, La

1937

Jean Renoir

Jetée, La

1962

Chris Marker

Late Spring

1949

Ozu Yasujirô

Magnificent Ambersons, The

1942

Orson Welles

Ordet

1955

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Shane

1952

George Stevens

Stalker

1979

Andrei Tarkovsky

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

This list is a pretty ‘old school’ – which is understandable. I am old school. But if great films are ones you can watch over and over again without tiring of them, then the older the movie, the more chances one has to rewatch it and reaffirm its greatness. Newer films have just not marinated long enough. But I also wonder whether our cerebral, ‘sophisticated’ notions of what makes a movie great really trump our sentimental attachment to beloved films we caught at key moments in our lives, that moulded us into the moviegoers we are? Should they?

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