Screenwriter Director / Former film critic
|F for Fake||1973||Orson Welles|
|Only Angels Have Wings||1939||Howard Hawks|
|Les TROIS COURONNES DU MATELOT||1983||Raúl Ruiz|
|La ciénaga||2001||Lucrecia Martel|
|They Live||1988||John Carpenter|
|Opening Night||1977||John Cassavetes|
|Running on Empty||1988||Sidney Lumet|
As Robin Wood famously said, "If you don’t like Marnie, you don’t really like Hitchcock. But if you don’t LOVE Marnie, you don’t really love cinema.” Many filmmakers made great films, but just a few create a language and a grammar with their works. This is the best case to illustrate this idea, made by the greatest filmmaker that ever lived.
F for Fake
The best film about cinema ever done.
Only Angels Have Wings
Hawks invented and reinvented the male ethos. Many times this has been read as apology for American individualism, but it goes far beyond that. Hawks believed in nobility beyond aristocracy, and resilience beyond martyrdoms. He created the most perfect, most accessible idea of a world without classes and, better, no gods.
Films are made to remain alive beyond death. Films are made of spirits and ghosts. This film is about that transfiguration from “realism” to vigil.
Cinema is unbreakable – that’s what we've learned from low-budget and B films. With that in mind, GoodFellas added fuel to Shakespeare, and made art out of cocaine to recreate the excitement of being a criminal and a film spectator at the same time. Thirty years later, still a unique film.
Les TROIS COURONNES DU MATELOT
Still under the radar, it will take decades or even centuries for Ruiz to be recognized as the greatest film storyteller that ever lived. He reinvented film grammar, to say the least. This inclusion is a timid attempt to give myself the opportunity 50 years of feeling proud and saying “I told you so”.
The male gaze dominated the first century of cinema. La Cienaga inaugurates the female gaze of the 21st century. It is a whole different way of filming and telling. A refreshing invitation to the future. Sadly, it is taking longer than expected to see the fruits of that new path.
Those dark glasses are the essence of the cinematic experience.
Douglas Sirk, Fassbinder, Almodóvar, Bertolucci, Pollack, Eastwood… Melodrama is at the heart of the best films ever made, but no one did it better than Cassavetes. Timeless.
Running on Empty
As everybody has known since Casablanca, films are really good at recreating the moment of goodbye. This is the best goodbye film ever.
This is my second invitation to this poll (hopefully not the last). I decided to change all of the films I put in my first list, except one. That helped me to sleep and showed me a way of addressing the canon in a list that is inclusive in the best way possible.