Andy Rotman

Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor, Smith College

Voted for

Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
The Passion of Joan of Arc1927Carl Th. Dreyer
Battleship Potemkin1925Sergei M. Eisenstein
Mirror1975Andrei Tarkovsky
Seven Samurai1954Akira Kurosawa
The Battle of Algiers1966Gillo Pontecorvo
The Godfather1972Francis Ford Coppola
Pather Panchali1955Satyajit Ray
Meghe Dhaka Tara1960Ritwik Ghatak


Rating films like this is an almost impossible task. If I were to do the same exercise tomorrow, I would likely make different choices. Somehow I didn't include Floating Weeds, Tokyo Story, Raging Bull or La Dolce Vita. The world is filled with so many films that inspire and challenge. I just hope that this poll encourages more people to watch great films, past and present.