Adoor Gopalakrishnan


Voted for

Pather Panchali1955Satyajit Ray
La strada1954Federico Fellini
The 400 Blows1959François Truffaut
Andrei Rublev1966Andrei Tarkovsky
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Rashomon1950Akira Kurosawa
Pickpocket1959Robert Bresson
SHONEN1969Nagisa Oshima


Pather Panchali

1955 India

The lyrical realism of the film encapsulated life as lived in a village in India with great artistry and humanity, and as never before. Indian cinema can be seen in two parts – one before Pather Panchali and the other post-Pather Panchali.

La strada

1954 Italy

A great saga of love and bondage, very raw and real, almost brutal in its portrayal. The images are so strong it refuses to dim with the passage of time.

The 400 Blows

1959 France

A highly sensitive recreation of Truffaut’s own difficult childhood, unsympathetic parents, oppressive teachers and petty crime. It's a remarkable first feature, mirroring Truffaut's own life and times so effectively.

Andrei Rublev

1966 USSR

Tarkovsky’s most renowned work.The portrait of a 15th century Russian icon painter, the film is a tour de force admirably executed

Tokyo Story

1953 Japan

Subtle and sensitive, it lets the viewer experience the tensions and demands that modern life makes on people - here family members. Uniquely styled and formally austere.


1950 Japan

The passage of time has not erased even an iota of freshness and novelty of this film. An all-time classic.


1959 France

It tells the story of a compulsive thief and because of the way he is executing the theft, the audience is slowly conditioned to think that what he does as a thorough professional is not a crime after all


1993 Taiwan

This film marked the arrival of a master filmmaker well entrenched in the medium of cinema, and a maverick at that. It is visually engaging, innovative and very powerful in its impact on the viewer.


1966 Hungary

Formally awe-inspiring, the film is a marvellous piece of storytelling, executed in a masterly manner. The style is unique.


1969 Japan

It is at once a very personal tale and a universally relevant one, of contemporary life lived anywhere in the world by deprived people.