Bálint Szalóky

Editior-in chief, Mozinet Magazine

Hungary

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Five Easy Pieces

1970

Bob Rafelson

Freaks

1932

Tod Browning

Girl on the Bridge, The

1998

Patrice Leconte

Godfather: Part II, The

1974

Francis Ford Coppola

Rear Window

1954

Alfred Hitchcock

Searchers, The

1956

John Ford

strada, La

1954

Federico Fellini

Sweet Hereafter, The

1997

Atom Egoyan

Taxi Driver

1976

Martin Scorsese

To Kill a Mockingbird

1962

Robert Mulligan

Comments

Freaks is a cult masterpeace truly ahead of its time. Rear Window is Hitchcock at his best: an ode to voyeurism and also one of the most memorable thrillers ever made. Fellini made many great movies but La strada one may be his most lovely – even with its dark tone. The Searchers redefines the Western. John Ford and The Duke at their best. Mulligan may be a one-hit wonder, but To Kill a Mockingbird is a movie that I want my children to see. One of the best novel adaptations ever made, and Atticus Finch is the definition of a true hero. Rafelson and Nicholson worked together many times but Five Easy Pieces is definitely their best. It’s also a groundbreaking movie of the 1970s. With The Godfather: Part II, Coppola may be the only director who surpassed his own masterpeace. Even without Marlon Brando. Taxi Driver is Scorsese at his best: it captures what America felt after the Vietnem War. The Sweet Hereafter is a touching story told in Egoyan’s style with Mychael Danna uplifting score. The black-and-white romantic tale The Girl on the Bridge is the only great film by Patrice Leconte, but one masterpeace is more than enough. This is another movie that made me become a film critic.

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