Bruce Jenkins


Voted for

Blue1993Derek Jarman
The Chelsea Girls1966Andy Warhol
Close-up1989Abbas Kiarostami
Crossroads1976Bruce Conner
Goodbye, Dragon Inn2003Tsai Ming-liang
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Killer of Sheep1977Charles Burnett
Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov
(Nostalgia)1971Hollis Frampton
Sans Soleil1982Chris Marker



1993 United Kingdom, Japan

This film in all of its various guises (theatrical feature, stage reading/performance, gallery installation) conveys the same elemental lessons about art and life while elegantly displaying Jarman's painterly and poetic practices.

The Chelsea Girls

1966 USA

Effectively the Citizen Kane of underground cinema, Warhol's sprawling narrative vividly displays the beauty of his imagery and his ability to capture powerful emotions in the most unlikely contexts.


1989 Iran

The sense of the real that dominates so much of the director's fiction films emerges here full-blown in this documentary about cinema and the lives of people it transforms.


1976 USA

Returning to themes of his first film A Movie, this epic Bicentennial project appropriates a broad array of government-produced archival recordings of the 1946 Bikini Atoll atomic bomb test to capture the terrible beauty of total annihilation, set to contemporary scores by Patrick Gleeson and Terry Riley.

Goodbye, Dragon Inn

2003 Taiwan

The ultimate film about the theatrical experience of moviegoing, which shifts the focus off-screen and on to the theatre's staff (ticket-seller/custodian and projectionist), a motley crew of action-movie fans, and a group of lonely men looking for intimacy. A piece of slow cinema with a sly sense of humour.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

A post-New Wave feature that vividly reworks counter-cinema formal principles while reinventing what mainstream cinema would label a 'women's picture'. It remains that and far more – inspiring generations of artists working with moving images.

Killer of Sheep

1977 USA

A fulfilment of the promise of the New American Cinema of the late 1950s and 1960s that emerged nearly two decades later on the other side of the continent as the crowning achievement of the "LA Rebellion." By turns comic and lyrical, personal and political, this work remains a compelling portrait of an American family.

Man with a Movie Camera

1929 Ukrainian SSR, USSR

A day in the life of a city as the starting point for a masterclass in the art of filmmaking.


1971 USA

The opening film in a series that would come to redefine the logic of film viewing while capturing aspects of the artist's own biography, here working as an earnest still photographer trying to find a link between his art and that of his contemporaries.

Sans Soleil

1982 France

A treatise on travel, on history, on art and on life, Marker's film unfolds like an epistolary novel in dialogue with itself. His virtuosity with the camera is matched by the brilliance of the montage.