Catherine A. Surowiec

Editor, Journal of Film Preservation

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Atalante, L'

1934

Jean Vigo

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

Kind Hearts and Coronets

1949

Robert Hamer

Love Me Tonight

1932

Rouben Mamoulian

Marriage Circle, The

1923

Ernst Lubitsch

Napoleon

1927

Abel Gance

nous la liberté, A

1931

René Clair

Partie de campagne

1936

Jean Renoir

Sunrise

1927

F. W. Murnau

Top Hat

1935

Mark Sandrich

Comments

This was an interesting exercise, and one that can be endlessly played according to various parameters and contexts. Greatness is always relative. These films have been chosen for diverse reasons; I could watch them over and over, and still see something new every time. The bottom line is something that strikes a chord within us, and survives countless viewings. There were many candidates, with variants per category. The list could easily have been different, taking into account representatives of genre, decade, technical expertise and creative talents behind and in front of the camera. My list comprises old cinematic friends who have stood the test of time and have enriched my life for years

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