Ángel Quintana Morraja

Critic, Caimán, Cuadernos de cine (formerly Cahiers du cinéma-España)

Spain

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Bringing Up Baby

1938

Howard Hawks

F for Fake

1975

Orson Welles

Inland Empire

2006

David Lynch

Journey to Italy

1954

Roberto Rossellini

Mouchette

1966

Robert Bresson

Partie de campagne

1936

Jean Renoir

Passion

1982

Jean-Luc Godard

Searchers, The

1956

John Ford

Shoah

1985

Claude Lanzmann

Tokyo Story

1953

Ozu Yasujirô

Comments

There are so many movies that thrill you or leave a mark in your life. This list does not want to create any canon, it merely reflects a particular moment in my life – perhaps tomorrow I will write a different list. I think that in order to create a list like this, intuition is the proper tool. I have chosen films that are exceptional but that do not fit in the usual category of ‘masterpieces’. I think that excessive perfection is somehow sterile, so I prefer to vote for films that take risks. That’s the reason why my list opens with the beginning of modern cinema – Journey to Italy by Roberto Rossellini – and ends with Inland Empire by David Lynch, a film open to future cinema. For the same reason, I have chosen the unfinished film A Day in the Country by Jean Renoir, instead of his great masterpiece La regle du jeu. I also voted for Orson Welles’ F for Fake instead of Citizen Kane because it asks some questions that are the seed of postmodernist debates around the copying and the recycling of materials. I have always been very interested on Jean Luc Godard’s films, but I have chosen Passion and not his other much more acclaimed films because it is a film about the difficulties of achieving perfection in cinema, reminding us that cinema is an artform that is always dependent on the chaos of life. I have saved some films by beloved filmmakers like Charles Chaplin, Carl Dreyer or Luchino Visconti for another list of works that are probably closer to perfection.

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