Sukhdev Sandhu

Film critic

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

400 Blows, The

1959

François Truffaut

Before Sunset

2004

Richard Linklater

Bicycle Thieves, The

1948

Vittorio de Sica

Breaking the Waves

1996

Lars von Trier

Exodus

1997

Steve McQueen

Gleaners & I, The

2000

Agnès Varda

Pather Panchali

1955

Satyajit Ray

Petition

Zhao Liang

Red Balloon, The

1956

Albert Lamorisse

West of the Tracks

2002

Wang Bing

Comments

I’m surprised by how many titles from the last 20 years are on this list. Like many people, I used to think we were in the throes of the death of cinema; the last decade has inclined me to believe the form is still barely out of the starting blocks.

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