Simon Louvish

Film author

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Big Parade, The

1925

King Vidor

dolce vita, La

1960

Federico Fellini

Gold Rush, The

1925

Charles Chaplin

Grapes of Wrath, The

1940

John Ford

Greed

1925

Erich von Stroheim

Human Condition (I), The

1959

Kobayashi Masaki

Ikiru

1952

Akira Kurosawa

Leopard, The

1963

Luchino Visconti

Sunrise

1927

F. W. Murnau

Travelling Players, The

1975

Theodoros Angelopoulos

Comments

Spanning cinema’s first century (and a bit), these represent to me the acme of cinema’s capability to express the essentials of humanity – good, bad, ridiculous, appalling – showcasing the medium’s ability to be its own particular artform, unlike any other narrative medium. In another mood, another list…

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