Chris Stults

Associate curator, film/video, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Beau Travail

1998

Claire Denis

Celine and Julie Go Boating

1974

Jacques Rivette

Killing of a Chinese Bookie, The

1976

John Cassavetes

Man with a Movie Camera

1929

Dziga Vertov

New World, The

2005

Terrence Malick

Passion of Joan of Arc

1927

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Persona

1966

Ingmar Bergman

Rio Bravo

1958

Howard Hawks

Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The

1964

Jacques Demy

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

Distilling cinema’s history down to ten films becomes more arduous (and even cruel) with each passing decade. There’s no way to create a perfectly balanced list of ten films that represents and encompasses all that cinema is capable of. The portrait of cinema represented by any list of ten is going to be severely constrained. For example, on my list, Vertov stands in for the rich and vital traditions of experimental film and documentary (which are deserving of their own lists and canons – or to be more fully incorporated into this poll). There are a myriad of unforgivable omissions on my own list. But thankfully cinema is much messier and diverse than any list of ten films could ever indicate.

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