Janet Staiger

William P. Hobby Centennial Professor Emeritus in Communication

Voted for

Casablanca1942Michael Curtiz
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Rear Window1954Alfred Hitchcock
À bout de souffle1960Jean-Luc Godard
La Règle du jeu1939Jean Renoir
1963Federico Fellini
Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov
Battleship Potemkin1925Sergei M. Eisenstein
2001: A Space Odyssey1968Stanley Kubrick



1942 USA

So important in the post-WWII years in creating 'cult' cinema.

Citizen Kane

1941 USA

Narrative structure is so important.

Tokyo Story

1953 Japan

Ozu is great; this is a powerful example of his contributions to cinema.

Rear Window

1954 USA

So many Hitchcock films could be included but Rear Window is a masterpiece for sure.

À bout de souffle

1960 France

A breakthrough film. (I wish I could include The 400 Blows as well.)

1963 Italy, France

So many possibilities for Fellini but I pick this one.

Man with a Movie Camera

1929 Ukrainian SSR, USSR


Battleship Potemkin

1925 USSR

I'd love (as with so many other of my choices) to pick everything by this director.

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968 USA, United Kingdom

Epic. And powerfully influential.