Daniel Kothenschulte

Film critic and author

Voted for

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927F.W. Murnau
The River1929Frank Borzage
Fantasia1940Ben Sharpsteen, Samuel Armstrong, Samuel Armstrong, James Algar, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley, Ford Beebe, T. Hee, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson
Motion Painting No. 11947Oskar Fischinger
The Land Beyond the Sunset1912Harold M. Shaw
Rose Hobart1936Joseph Cornell
Some Came Running1958Vincente Minnelli
Caribs' Leap/Western Deep2002Steve McQueen
Beau travail1998Claire Denis


The term 'experimental cinema' went out of fashion and Jonas Mekas, who had often used it in his reviews, condemned it passionately in his later years. However, looking at this list, it still seems good enough to me. Murnau, Borzage, Disney and Minnelli could run lavish lots like orchestras. Cornell, Fischinger and Lye, on the other hand, were one-man bands. Looks like it’s personal, visionary cinema that matters. For Shaw and McQueen, social cinema was in intimate spectacle, Wong and Denis opened new doors and created their own nouvelle vague.