Helen Dewitt

Producer, London Film Festival

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Battle of Algiers, The

1966

Gillo Pontecorvo

Battleship Potemkin

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

1966

Russ Meyer

Fear Eats the Soul

1974

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Hour of the Furnaces, The

1968

Octavio Getino/Fernando E. Solanas

Kingdom, The

1997

Lars von Trier

Memories of Underdevelopment

1968

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

Question of Silence, A

1982

Marleen Gorris

Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom

1975

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Topo, El

1970

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Comments

I guess I would typify this rather strange list of films in terms of rule breaking, both with regard to their subject matter – challenging the established order, whether outlaws, terrorists or political activists – but also formally, by subverting or pushing the boundaries of narrative and generic conventions. All of them, I think, also have a unique visual style.

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