Dana Linssen

Editor-in-chief, de Filmkrant; film critic, NRC Handelsblad


Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Chungking Express


Wong Kar Wai

Fight Club


David Fincher

House is Black, The


Forough Farrokhzad

Intruder, The


Claire Denis

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles


Chantal Akerman

Man Escaped, A


Robert Bresson



James Benning

Sans Soleil


Chris Marker

Singin' in the Rain


Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly

Yellow Submarine


George Dunning


I am not a list person. They drift with the clouds. The top three, however, has been unchanged for years. And of these three, I could even narrow it down to particular ‘great’ scenes: in the first, the famous singing and dancing in the rain; in the second, the opening sequence with the English voiceover, but with the original French Racine quote: “The distance between countries compensates somewhat for the excessive closeness of time” (although I love the Eliot one too); in the third, the final pandemonium that spells/says/sings: ‘All You Need is Love’. These scenes made me love cinema. In all, it’s about the magic, discomfort and capacity to see beyond the image. The other films all blew my mind at some point, probably for the same reasons. But I cannot exactly say why – that is why I keep returning to them. In general that is my only criteria in compiling lists and ‘rating’ films: which ones would I like to see again, here and now. It happens rather intuitively. But I have to bow my head in humility for not being able to include John Smith’s The Girl Chewing Gum, Abbas Kiarostami’s The Wind Will Carry Us, Tsai Ming-liangs What Time is it There? and Abderrahmane Sisako’s Bamako or Agnès Varda’s Les plages d’Agnès. And others. Oh well.

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