Carlo Chatrian

Critic

Italy

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Amsterdam Global Village

1996

Johan van der Keuken

Grave of the Fireflies

1988

Isao Takahata

Journey to Italy

1954

Roberto Rossellini

Maman et la putain, La

1973

Jean Eustache

Modern Times

1936

Charles Chaplin

One and a Two, A

1999

Edward Yang

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Some Came Running

1958

Vincente Minnelli

Sunrise

1927

F. W. Murnau

To Be or Not To Be

1942

Ernst Lubitsch

Comments

I tried to work with groupS of films. Each group is based upon films that combine, to different degrees, visual aspects and powerful storytelling, the art of mise en scène and breathtaking acting performances. There are some films that are established as landmarks in my memory and in my heart (La règle du jeu, To be or Not to Be) because of their structure and the way they mix comedy and tragedy – they are not classic but always at the cutting edge. They should be in every list! There are films I have a very strong relation with (Sunrise, Viaggio in Italia, The Mother and the Whore), which became part of my life and whose characters stayed with me. There are films that are particularly relevant at this precise moment of my life (Some Come Running, Modern Times). They both deal with the body and space. They both work in term of rhythm and music. They are both so full of life that they make me laugh and cry. Then I added some films that explain where I came from. During my activities as film critic I devoted part of my time to animation and documentaries. So I choose one very classic animated film that is extremely powerful in terms of its realism (Graves of the Fireflies) and one documentary that is a sort of map of the 21st century (Amsterdam Global Village). Finally, I choose a title (Yi YI) that I saw only once at the Cannes Film Festival, yet the feeling of it remained with me powerfully throughout this last decade. I choose it as a tribute to the role of film festivals (for me, the best way to discover new and old films), as well as to the man who made the film. I must admit there is one film that was expelled at the last moment to let Modern Times in: Jean Vigo’s 1934 film L’Atalante (another specimen of the second group). I really hope someone else will choose it!

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