Geoffrey Gardner

Chair, CINEMA REBORN, Sydney, Editor

Voted for

A Dog's Life1918Charles Chaplin
Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler 1. Teil: Der große Spieler Spieler - Ein Bild unserer Zeit1922Fritz Lang
Trouble in Paradise1932Ernst Lubitsch
L'Atalante1934Jean Vigo
Le Crime de M. Lange1935Jean Renoir
QINGMEI ZHUMA1984Edward Yang
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
The Criminal1960Joseph Losey
The Conformist1970Bernardo Bertolucci
Wandafuru Raifu1998Hirokazu Koreeda


A Dog's Life

1918 USA

His greatest film... and just 39 minutes.


1984 Taiwan

Clearly a case of a favourite,. given that my list overlooks all of Mizoguchi, Ozu, Kurosawa, Naruse, Shimizu, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Wong Kar Wai and Hong Sangsoo among others

Further remarks

It may be noted that eight of the ten were seen before I reached the age of 27. Some films do stick in the memory of the young and impressionable. So a mere two films since 1971 have invaded this space. I did think of leaving out Citizen Kane because, well, everybody knows its the greatest film ever made. In which case I proposed including Alain Resnais' Muriel rather than another of Welles's masterpieces, Chimes at Midnight or Touch of Evil.