David Hudson

Film critic; Fandor

US/Germany

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Barry Lyndon

1975

Stanley Kubrick

Berlin Alexanderplatz

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Jetée, La

1962

Chris Marker

M

1931

Fritz Lang

Playtime

1967

Jacques Tati

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Sunrise

1927

F. W. Murnau

Tokyo Story

1953

Ozu Yasujirô

Turin Horse, The

Béla Tarr

Wire, The

David Simon

Comments

Struggling with this thing, I’ve been surprised by how strategically different voting is from listing. Also, the insistence that The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II count as separate films has resulted in neither making my final tally, though I’m sure the pair would be in there if grouping them were allowed. Still, I understand the logic behind the rule. If it weren’t in place, I’d simply write “The oeuvre of Jean-Luc Godard” in the number one slot — which, of course, would shake up the entire list all over again – and whatever I’d settle on for the number two would be a distant second indeed.

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