Arts Documentary Maker
|La Règle du jeu
|GOTO, L'ILE D'AMOUR
|À NOS AMOURS
|Djibril Diop Mambéty
If there has to be one, this is it - magical, poetic, erotic, the film has everything that cinema offers. What might Vigo have done had he lived longer?
La Règle du jeu
So hard to choose one film from Renoir's great decade - almost all his films from the 1930s are masterpieces in one way or another. La Règle remains his most challenging and personal.
I re-viewed this not so long ago on a large screen, and it still blew me away with its bravura, wit and invention.
Films have captured immutable images of so many great actors, but none with greater mystery and power than Louise Brooks in Pabst's remarkable Wedekind adaptation.
GOTO, L'ILE D'AMOUR
Borowczyk was a brilliantly original animator who translated his vision into live action to make films unlike those of anyone else.
A triumphant matching of major talents – director, cinematographer, designer, editor, composer, actors – produced this always provocative and dazzling drama.
À NOS AMOURS
All of Pialat's films are rich and extraordinary, but this is arguably his most humane and personal.
One of a handful of visionary British directors who defy national clichés, Roeg has to be on the list.
However many times this is seen, Bergman's rich and complex investigation into life, art and cinema never fails to feel shocking and modern.
Of many recent discoveries that the glorious world of restoration has brought forth, Mambéty's film came as a huge shock and pleasure, as much for its visual fair as its brilliant use of sound.
Choosing ten has to be extremely personal; it's impossible to encompass all the pleasures I have had over more than half a century of film-watching. What, no Bunuel, Bresson or Mizoguchi? Nothing from Welles, Hitchcock, Altman or Scorsese? Alas, there are no screwball comedies, horror movies, musicals or Westerns. And no films made by women – though the numbers are growing fast. At least in an age when the long-form streamed on television threatens to close cinemas faster than a pandemic, not to mention reducing the personal vision of directors (David Lynch a proud exception), there is still a vast history of feature-film making which remains inextinguishable. In many ways it's more accessible than ever before, and perhaps it needs polls like this to encourage new generations to seek out the true gems. And – hopefully – always go further.