Caden Mark Gardner

Film critic and researcher

Voted for

The Red Shoes1948Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
It's a Wonderful Life1947Frank Capra
Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli1960Luchino Visconti
The Birds1963Alfred Hitchcock
The Battle of Algiers1966Gillo Pontecorvo
Duck Amuck1951Chuck Jones
In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden1978Rainer Werner Fassbinder
TOUTE UNE NUIT1982Chantal Akerman
Rebel without a Cause1955Nicholas Ray
Inherent Vice2014Paul Thomas Anderson


The Red Shoes

1948 United Kingdom

Seeing a nitrate print of this film through the Nitrate Picture Show in 2018 is a moment I will never forget.

Duck Amuck

1951 USA

The Looney Tunes are many things: Americana, American id, and at their peak the most acerbic figures at the intersection of art and commerce. Why Duck Amuck? It’s sharply a genre exercise in animated avant-garde that still, when boiled down to i,t is about the two central figures, but at the height of their wit and at their wits' end: Bugs and Daffy.

In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden

1978 Federal Republic of Germany

Total Fassbinder.

Further remarks

I would like to think this list best summarises me as a cinephile and as somebody drawn to the art of cinema as a researcher and historian. There are so many films of various genres and frameworks that I could have listed but for me, personally, these are the films that have met the most in relation to my education and love of films. All of these films I have watched several times in different contexts and stations in life. They each bring out the obsessive side of me, which I think has to be there for every participant on this list towards to their own choices.

I also give my regards to John Ford, Stanley Donen, Edward Yang, Jacques Rivette, Jacques Demy, Vincente Minnelli, Frank Tashlin, Jerry Lewis, Preston Sturges, John Huston, Todd Haynes, Ernst Lubitsch, Patricio Guzmán, Agnés Varda, David Lynch, Charles Burnett, Peter Watkins, James Benning, Sadie Benning, Bette Gordon, Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, Hal Ashby, Bill Gunn, Francis Ford Coppola, John Carpenter, Howard Hawks, Robert Bresson, Barbara Hammer, Bruce Conner and Kenneth Anger, who each provided me a little bit of that obsession itch and who all made films that I easily could have put on my list.