|Pierrot le fou
|A Woman under the Influence
|Le JOLI MAI
|Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme
|West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty
I came very close to not submitting a list for all the reasons that I'm sure will be remarked upon elsewhere: you make a list of the greatest films and suddenly one feels the world shrinking. I nearly included Murnau's Sunrise. Had I done so then the oldest film on my list would be from 95 years ago. 95 years after the Pietà is still several centuries before Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. Cinema isn't old enough to make these claims. So I'm not, really. All of my choices are some mix of taste, historical importance and sentimentality. It skews in obvious ways. But these lists are useful, not only for the critics and filmmakers who will submit and argue over them. They're useful for initiates of the kind I once was: I was a kid who did not reside in an art capital, was not trained in the appreciation of the arts, and had no concept of a cultural patrimony. I had curiosity, canons and time. I watched; I loathed; I loved. In five centuries, if we are lucky, these will all be curiosities and there will be new lists and new kids arguing in their heads against our arrogance.