Brian Dillon

Research tutor, Royal College of Art

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Big Sleep, The

1946

Howard Hawks

Empire

1964

Andy Warhol

Jetée, La

1962

Chris Marker

Last Year At Marienbad

1961

Alain Resnais

London

1994

Patrick Keiller

Matter of Life and Death, A

1946

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

Performance

1970

Donald Cammell/Nicolas Roeg

Stalker

1979

Andrei Tarkovsky

Two-Lane Blacktop

1971

Monte Hellman

Way Things Go, The

1987

Peter Fischli/David Weiss

Comments

I can’t claim that this list is more (or less) than a wholly subjective snapshot of films that have obsessed, haunted me or helped me out with some writing crisis over the years. One or two that are simply joyous pleasures to be revisited regularly. But looking at the finished list, it is surprising how many films are somehow to do with stasis: the still photos of La Jetée, the frozen moments of Marienbad and A Matter of Life and Death. Even the ones that are all about unabated movement (Two-Lane Blacktop, The Way Things Go) seem to burn out in repetition, going nowhere. But those are thesis-ready thoughts, and this list is really about love.

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