Bernard Eisenschitz

Critic

France

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Birth of a Nation, The

1915

D.W. Griffith

By the Bluest of Seas

1935

Boris Barnet/S. Mardanin

From the Clouds to the Resistance

1979

Jean-Marie Straub/Danièle Huillet

Gertrud

1964

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Life of Oharu, The

1952

Mizoguchi Kenji

M

1931

Fritz Lang

Monsieur Verdoux

1947

Charles Chaplin

River, The

1951

Jean Renoir

Seven Women

1965

John Ford

Wedding March, The

1928

Erich von Stroheim

Comments

‘Greatest films’ is fine, but ‘of all time’ sounds like a somewhat pretentious definition, regarding an art that’s been in existence for less than 150 years. Even so, nobody can claim to be totally knowledgeable – I certainly can’t. My emotional responses to, and rational appraisals of, films are limited in time and space – even though I’ve tried to cover as many of them as I could here, mostly imaginary, from Griffith’s Confederate States of America to Renoir’s India. This, then, is what this list can be at best: a reminder of a history that runs a serious risk of being entirely forgotten soon.

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