Film historian, festival and film director
|Traité de bave et d'éternité (Treatise on Venom and Eternity)
|The Chelsea Girls
|Scenes from Under Childhood I-IV
|La Région Centrale
|He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life
|Trying to Kiss the Moon
|Film Ist 1-12
|Viaggio nel crepuscolo (Journey into the Dusk)
A silent movie with added music rediscovered in the 70s. First and only film by the Brazilian modernist poet-writer.
Traité de bave et d'éternité (Treatise on Venom and Eternity)
Again, a first and only film by lettrist poet and theoretician Isou (a Romanian, born Isidor Goldstein), who influenced filmmaker-writers like Maurice Lemaître, Guy Debord and, in my opinion, Jean-Luc Godard too.
The Chelsea Girls
The expanded two-screens opus by the well-known filmmaker-painter.
Scenes from Under Childhood I-IV
Less well known than other masterpieces by the greatest experimental filmmaker.
An example of structural cinema.
La Région Centrale
Perhaps the only film of its kind. A work made by a machine?
He Stands in a Desert Counting the Seconds of His Life
An example of a diaristic film, or professional home movie, and a tribute to the founder of the New American Cinema.
Trying to Kiss the Moon
An autobiographical film by the American-born, London-based handicapped filmmaker.
Film Ist 1-12
An example of what I call critofilm: a critical audiovisual essay on cinema. I don't know if I can include also a sequel to Deutsch's series: A Girl and a Gun (2009). If so, please say Film Ist 1-12 + A Girl and the Gun or Film Ist, complete series (1998-2009).
Viaggio nel crepuscolo (Journey into the Dusk)
An example of what can be tentatively called 'quantistic cinema'.
I strongly disagree with your limitation to 10 titles, and I think that many people will agree with this opinion. Today, with the wide access we have to so many films of all times and countries, the result of your poll will be easily predictable: too many 'official' masterpieces. Therefore I limit myself to one category only, experimental films, further limited to only full-length films, in chronological order. I decided not to include directors already mentioned in my 2012 poll (Vertov, Godard, Dreyer – for him I would have selected Vampyr). I tried to mention as many countries as possible (Brazil, France, United States, Canada, England, Germany, Italy), leaving out, regretfully, other ones (Russia: Oleg Kovalov?, India: Amit Dutta?, Japan: Shūji Terayama? etc, etc).