Florin Barbu

Critic, beWhere!; presenter, CINEMAS

Romania

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Apocalypse Now

1979

Francis Ford Coppola

Battleship Potemkin

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

chien andalou, Un

1928

Luis Buñuel

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

City Lights

1931

Charles Chaplin

grande bouffe, La

1973

Marco Ferreri

Magnolia

1999

Paul Thomas Anderson

Metropolis

1927

Fritz Lang

Ordet

1955

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Star Wars

1977

George Lucas

Comments

What can I say? Without elaborate explanation, I observe that the upper half of my list is occupied by the black-and-white movies – movies that can be simply called ‘pure art’. Does that mean that elementary, human emotion was left behind? Absolutely not! I’ve recently (re)saw Metropolis (the restored version, at the Transilvania International Film Festival in 2010) with live and very modern, industrial-sounding music performed by Antonio Bras – the efect was astonishing: eveything that cinema means was there: editing, tension, (melo)drama, acting, music… everything! Simply remarkable! A few words about Star Wars. It was the movie that made me love the cinema, the first film that made me feel like I was stepping into a brand new world when the lights turned off and silence covered the theatre. Well, except for the popcorn.

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