Jan-Christopher Horak

Professor, Film Archive Professional

Voted for

Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
RUSSKI KOVCHEG2002Aleksandr Sokurov
L'avventura1960Michelangelo Antonioni
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Fear Eats the Soul1974Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Pierrot le fou1965Jean-Luc Godard
Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov
The Wild Bunch1969Sam Peckinpah
Az EN XX. SZAZADOM1989Ildikó Enyedi
Daughters of the Dust1991Julie Dash


Citizen Kane

1941 USA

Still the greatest American film ever made.


2002 Russian Federation, Germany, Japan, Canada, Finland

All of Russian history in a single take, The Russian Ark is a masterpiece of mise-en-scene and planning.


1960 Italy, France

The modernist condition in a nutshell.

Tokyo Story

1953 Japan

All the conflicts between generations in post-war Japan are addressed in this moving film.

Fear Eats the Soul

1974 Federal Republic of Germany

Fassbinder's Sirkian melodrama analyses issues of ethnic identity that still haunt Germany in the 21st century.

Pierrot le fou

1965 France, Italy

The absolute best film by Godard in the mid-20th century.

Man with a Movie Camera

1929 Ukrainian SSR, USSR

The most complex mediation on cinema and the nature of cinematic practice ever made.

The Wild Bunch

1969 USA

The western to end all westerns, a male melodrama of epic proportions.


1989 Hungary, Federal Republic of Germany

A feminist perspective on 20th century European history.

Daughters of the Dust

1991 USA

African American history from a feminist perspective, one of the most visually stunning films of the ate 20h century.

Further remarks

While there has always been a mid-20th century modernist bias in my choices, ten years ago and today, I have tried to include work by women and people of colour.