Jan Olsson


Voted for

North by Northwest1959Alfred Hitchcock
Touch of Evil1958Orson Welles
Battleship Potemkin1925Sergei M. Eisenstein
Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
DODES'KA-DEN1970Akira Kurosawa
The Searchers1956John Ford
Rear Window1954Alfred Hitchcock
INGEBORG HOLM1913Victor Sjöström
La Règle du jeu1939Jean Renoir
The Godfather1972Francis Ford Coppola


North by Northwest

1959 USA

An outstanding take on love and politics crammed with iconic Americana.

Touch of Evil

1958 USA

Welles in formidable form behind and in front of the camera. A border crossing still rife with meanings.

Battleship Potemkin

1925 USSR

A truly revolutionary film with some of film history's most memorable sequences.


1958 USA

A mind-probing tale following the protagonist deep into a labyrint of fear and desire. An uncanny road movie with stops at unfathomable locales blending multiple time-layers.


1970 Japan

A universe of its own. Compassionate and moving.

The Searchers

1956 USA

Repression beyond belief. Wayne as both enigma and utterly legible. Can 'we' live together in spite of differences and scars? A quintessential American genre mediation with an array of masterfully directed scenes.

Rear Window

1954 USA

Paranoia of confinement. An intense take on the modern sensory landscape in contrast to the hectic inventory of sites in North by Northwest.


1913 Sweden

Hopes for a better life brutally thwarted by 'fate'. The plot adds one defeat after another for the protagonist. The film's stylistic economy adds to this tragedy of everyday life.

La Règle du jeu

1939 France

A merry-go-round of love and sorrow. A masterful comedy of manners replete with unexpected twists and turns.

The Godfather

1972 USA

A modern classic. A fresco of the cultural crossover between Sicily and America. Riveting dialog and topnotch acting.

Further remarks

I would like to have been able to include Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction and Le Samouraï.