Grégory Valens

Film critic and film history teacher

Voted for

Annie Hall1977Woody Allen
Le Mépris1963Jean-Luc Godard
Sommaren med Monika1953Ingmar Bergman
Lolita1961Stanley Kubrick
Hannah and Her Sisters1986Woody Allen
North by Northwest1959Alfred Hitchcock
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance1962John Ford
West Side Story1961Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
Two for the Road1967Stanley Donen


Annie Hall

1977 USA

He looks at me and I know him.

I look at him and he knows me.

We look at each other. We know each other.

Le Mépris

1963 France, Italy

This is what cinema is all about.

Sommaren med Monika

1953 Sweden

First love.


1961 United Kingdom, USA

"Don't forget me!"


1961 Italy

Risi's cleverness at its best: how can a sequence be more synthetical than the dinner at the Monarchist's residence, where Sordi and Massari end up eating by themselves and drinking to the sound of Fratelli d'Italia?

Hannah and Her Sisters

1986 USA

The perfect equilibrium between melancholia, romance and wit.

And, yes: two Woody Allens in my list !

North by Northwest

1959 USA

Just perfect. You can watch it 50 times: even though you know every detail of the plot, the suspense still works!

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

1962 USA

The director who shaped the western genre tells us it was all a lie. Unbeatable.

West Side Story

1961 USA

The musical genre seems to have been invented so it could evolve to this kind of absolute modernity. After this, it could only decay.

Two for the Road

1967 USA

The most charming actress ever in her most complex part.

A very modern director in his most ambitious mise en scène.

Further remarks

I threw this list on paper without thinking too much, and without checking my 2012 list. 7 of the 10 films I voted for 10 years ago are still in…