Adam Hyman

Executive Director, Los Angeles Filmforum

Voted for

Persona1966Ingmar Bergman
A Tale of the Wind1988Joris Ivens, Marceline Loridan
Sátántangó1994Béla Tarr
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Charulata1964Satyajit Ray
3 Women1977Robert Altman
Meshes of the Afternoon1943Maya Deren, Alexander Hackenschmied
A Grin without a Cat1977Chris Marker
Lawrence of Arabia1962David Lean
Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov



1966 Sweden

Every time utterly absorbing, mysterious, with endless layers of interpretation.

A Tale of the Wind

1988 France

A beautiful mix of cinematic modes around an exploration of China. Superb.


1994 Hungary, Germany, Switzerland

On the edge of my seat for all 7 hours.

Tokyo Story

1953 Japan



1964 India

Normally I would list one or more of the Apu Trilogy, but I continue to find this film, and its mix of reverie, romance and dream, the one that leaves me lifted up and in rapture.

3 Women

1977 USA

Continuing a theme with Persona and Charulata, another film of women in difficult places and the psychological demands finding a sublime cinematic form.

Meshes of the Afternoon

1943 USA

Its influence never ends, and it still is a powerful entry point for people first approaching a different kind of cinema.

A Grin without a Cat

1977 France

I don't think I would necessarily have included this normally, but now it seems more pointed and relevant than ever, a wide-eyed portrait of the sociology of how progressive change fails and succeeds, and how capitalism is still the rock upon which humanity will founder.

Lawrence of Arabia

1962 United Kingdom

Still seems great to me.

Man with a Movie Camera

1929 Ukrainian SSR, USSR

All-in on all the possibilities of cinema.

Further remarks

Lots more documentaries and experimental films to include some day.