Donald Clarke

Critic, Irish Times

Ireland

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Apartment, The

1960

Billy Wilder

Bride of Frankenstein

1935

James Whale

Eraserhead

1976

David Lynch

Ghost and Mrs Muir, The

1947

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The

1943

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

Passion of Joan of Arc

1927

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Repulsion

1965

Roman Polanski

Seventh Seal, The

1957

Ingmar Bergman

Stalker

1979

Andrei Tarkovsky

Sweet Smell of Success

1957

Alexander Mackendrick

Comments

As ever with such things, the selection combines those films that seem objectively the greatest with those that chime most harmoniously with one’s own unhinged psyche. For this critic, Bride of Frankenstein sums up that conflict in one baggy package. A surprising number of films about one person going barmy in a room? Nothing by Hitchcock? The Bergman film that has gone out of fashion? Please accept my apologies.

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