Akira Tochigi

Curator of Film, National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Japan

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Cops

1922

Buster Keaton

Diamonds of the Night

1964

Jan Nemec

Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The

1972

Luis Buñuel

Esther

1986

Amos Gitai

Flicker, The

1966

Tony Conrad

Guns of the Trees

1961

Jonas Mekas

History Lessons

1972

Jean-Marie Straub/Danièle Huillet

Lady from Shanghai, The

1947

Orson Welles

Side/Walk/Shuttle

Ernie Gehr

Toute la mémoire du monde

Alain Resnais

Comments

Needless to say, this list is my personal preference, whether of films watched repeatedly or only once but having left me instantly enthralled. There’s no doubt, however, that any of the films listed remove us from our everyday sense of space and time and take us to a realm of the highest peculiarity.

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