|Francis Ford Coppola
|In the Mood for Love
|Wong Kar Wai
Having accepted the fact that this list is more representative of my love for certain films than of any definition of 'greatest', I also think of them as landmarks of some kind. They all depict the very distinctive cinematic universe of their directors, with some of them even colliding with their personal struggles and burdens at the time (something I consider not only of anecdotal interest but evident in the film itself, and therefore essential to it).
I can't help but notice that most of them deal with similar themes, such as the loss of innocence, feelings or mistrust and the longing for something distant and/or unattainable. I'll refrain from self-analysis (as if it were possible) and, instead, wonder if this might reflect a longing for films unafraid to challenge the viewer and shake his/her deep-seated certainties. Or in the words of Martin Scorsese – films where something is at risk.