Eloísa Solaas

Film programmer, Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI)

Argentina

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Flaming Creatures

1963

Jack Smith

Histoire(s) du cinéma

Jean-Luc Godard

Night and Fog

1955

Alain Resnais

North by Northwest

1959

Alfred Hitchcock

notte, La

1961

Michelangelo Antonioni

Palomita Blanca

1993

Raúl Ruiz

Passion of Joan of Arc

1927

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Road to Nowhere

2010

Monte Hellman

Scarface

1932

Howard Hawks

Sicilia!

1998

Jean-Marie Straub/Danièle Huillet

Comments

I chose only some of the many films that made me feel that cinema is a living thing. From the impact of the gestures in the bright screen of Joan of Arc to other fine, subtle gestures and elegant movements in the daring and dark of Scarface; from the long and fascinating escape in North by Northwest to the mysterious space and time quotidian of La Notte; from the beautiful explosion of Flaming Creatures to the brilliant dialogues in a simultaneously ironic and sensitive presentation of social melodrama in Palomita Blanca; from the fundamental essay masterpiece Nuit et Bruillard to the deep thesis on memory in film of Histoire(s) du cinéma. From a beautiful black and white of Sicilia! and every word pronounced by its magnificent characters to, finally, Road to Nowhere, an extraordinary mise en abîme which surpasses the limits of every fiction, even those this side of the screen.

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