Isaac León-Frías

Professor and Film Critic

Voted for

Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov
La Règle du jeu1939Jean Renoir
Journey to Italy1954Roberto Rossellini
The Apartment1960Billy Wilder
Rio Bravo1958Howard Hawks
Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance1962John Ford
Pierrot le fou1965Jean-Luc Godard
Persona1966Ingmar Bergman
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman


Man with a Movie Camera

1929 Ukrainian SSR, USSR

One of the most and powerful silent films. Innovative and ahead of its time.

La Règle du jeu

1939 France

The art of mixing life and representation, highly expressive.

Journey to Italy

1954 Italy, France

The film that opened up the space of the aesthetics of modernity.

The Apartment

1960 USA

One of the most beautiful American dark comedies in the Lubitsch tradition

Rio Bravo

1958 USA

The purification of genre narrative beyond the simple scheme of the western


1958 USA

The classical style at the extreme of narrative complexity

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

1962 USA

Film-summa: awareness and nostalgia for the universe recreated in the past both by the western and in Ford's work.

Pierrot le fou

1965 France, Italy

Imagination, creative freedom and authentic renewal of the expressive language of cinema


1966 Sweden

The search for meaning beyond the limits of representation and the possibilities of the film image.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

A considerable part of the best cinema of the last 40 years is contained and summarised in this film by Akerman

Further remarks

Many deserving films had to be left out. A shame!