Geoff Dyer

Critic

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Big Sleep, The

1946

Howard Hawks

Bringing Up Baby

1938

Howard Hawks

Clock, The

Christian Marclay

Koyaanisqatsi

1983

Godfrey Reggio

Maltese Falcon, The

1941

John Huston

Mirror

1974

Andrei Tarkovsky

Point Blank

1967

John Boorman

Stalker

1979

Andrei Tarkovsky

Taxi Driver

1976

Martin Scorsese

Where Eagles Dare

1968

Brian G Hutton

Comments

I can’t detect any logic or defining idea of what I want from a film in this list. They’re just the films that insisted on popping into my head. The neon of their titles flashed brightest among the hundreds of others vying for my attention. The two Tarkovsky films, Mirror and Stalker, have a primal power and profundity that is unmatched by any of the others. If I had to choose just one it would be Christian Marclay’s The Clock.

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