Adam Cook

Critic, curator, scholar

Voted for

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
How Green Was My Valley1941John Ford
Notorious1946Alfred Hitchcock
Late Spring1949Yasujirō Ozu
Die BITTEREN TRÄNEN DER PETRA VON KANT1972Rainer Werner Fassbinder
An American in Paris1951Vincente Minnelli
Ladies' Man1961Jerry Lewis
La Région Centrale1971Michael Snow
Close-up1989Abbas Kiarostami
La SAVEUR DE LA PASTÈQUE2004Tsai Ming-liang


I don't know how I managed to submit a list without City Lights, but I did. Several drafts included it. One version contained more by Ford; others listed films by Godard, Vigo, Mizoguchi, N. Ray, Tati, Sternberg, Hawks, Dreyer, Lubitsch, Rossellini, Renoir and Miyazaki. The list I submitted includes the ten very best films I could think of aside from the ones it doesn't.

Each work, however, is its own medium within the medium, one that points to countless other movies that I love and hope others vote for and that many see for a long, long time (I just feel so lucky to have seen them all myself!).