Gabe Klinger


Voted for

Au hasard Balthazar1966Robert Bresson
A Brighter Summer Day1991Edward Yang
Bless Their Little Hearts1983Billy Woodberry
Twenty Years Later1984Eduardo Coutinho
Republic Steel Strike Riot Newsreel Footage1937Paramount News
GoodFellas1990Martin Scorsese
Histoires d'Amérique1989Chantal Akerman
Outer and Inner Space1966Andy Warhol
The 400 Blows1959François Truffaut
Touch of Evil1958Orson Welles


I made this list three years ago, put it away, and now that it's time to submit, I guess it looks OK. I changed only one film. You know… this isn't the most satisfying activity in the world. It's rather like opening a bottle of wine that you should have let age a little while longer. Ten years ago there were a thousand invitees; now I hear that number has doubled. An awfully big dinner table. And I'm not sure the guests will like the wine I've brought. Should I have included films from the silent era and more women directors? Gone from the current list are Ozu and John Ford – the oeuvre has long eclipsed individual works. Again my ballot is dominated by American cinema. Boring but makes sense – I've seen disproportionately more films from America than anywhere else. I will try to expand my interests in the coming decade. Sad that this time around I don't get to share a glass with illustrious pollees Peter von Bagh, Ronald Bergan, Jean Douchet, Michael Glawogger, Manoel de Oliveira and Pierre Rissient.