Alexia Kannas

Lecturer in Cinema Studies, RMIT University

Voted for

Meshes of the Afternoon1943Maya Deren, Alexander Hackenschmied
Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
Mulholland Dr.2001David Lynch
Wanda1970Barbara Loden
All That Heaven Allows1955Douglas Sirk
Letter from an Unknown Woman1948Max Ophuls
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
A New Leaf1970Elaine May
The Spirit of the Beehive1973Víctor Erice
Charulata1964Satyajit Ray


My list materialised very quickly; this was a great surprise as these are not my necessarily my favourite films, and a useful definition of what constitutes 'greatness' continues to elude me. There's no Tourneur, or Franju or Bava here, and I guess I expected Billy Wilder or Charles Laughton to turn up. My heart said Fire Walk with Me, but the list says Mulholland Dr. I flirted with dropping Vertigo, but found in the end that I could not. The films I have listed are masterful explorations of desire, subjectivity, memory and temporality. They are also all, in one way or another, about women or girls.