Xavier Pérez

Critic; professor of Audiovisual Narrative, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

Spain

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

1963

Federico Fellini

Breathless

1960

Jean-Luc Godard

Incredible Shrinking Man, The

1957

Jack Arnold

Kill Bill

2003

Quentin Tarantino

King Kong

1933

Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack

North by Northwest

1959

Alfred Hitchcock

Raiders of the Lost Ark

1981

Steven Spielberg

Rome Open City

1945

Roberto Rossellini

Searchers, The

1956

John Ford

Sherlock Jr

1924

Buster Keaton

Comments

Sherlock Jr. because it showed us, as no one before, that films are more perfect than life. King Kong because it contains all horror and all love that criss-crossed the 20th century. Rome Open City because it’s not possible to live without Rossellini. The Searchers because he brought Homer to the Western. The Incredible Shrinking Man because there’s no other film in which being so ‘small’ propagates such a great odyssey. North by Northwest because it is the quintessential work of the best film director ever. Breathless because it is ‘love for cinema’. 8 1/2 because it gave every creator a moving mirror to look at. Raiders of the Lost Ark because it allowed us to be kids again. Kill Bill because it represents the pleasure of cinema… still today! (I consider Kill Bill one film, even if it was relased in two separate parts. I think is not comparable with the three Godfathers that are, efectively, three different films. In any case, if I can only vote for one of the two parts, I would chose Kill Bill: Vol. 1)

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