Jessica Kiang

Critic, Programmer

Voted for

The Act of Killing2012Joshua Oppenheimer
The Apartment1960Billy Wilder
Beau travail1998Claire Denis
Die BITTEREN TRÄNEN DER PETRA VON KANT1972Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Beoning2018Lee Chang-dong
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
A Man Escaped1956Robert Bresson
The Naked Kiss1964Samuel Fuller
The Philadelphia Story1940George Cukor
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu


What a blissful process this was, not agony at all. I'm so pleased to have found the definitive 10 greatest films of all time. Imagine if there had been 11? That would have been quite a pickle! Thankfully, there are only 10, so my list features no omissions whatsoever, and the non-inclusion of the likes of Hitchcock, Scorsese, Truffaut, Ford, Bergman, Mann, Tarkovsky, Kurosawa, Kubrick, Mizoguchi, Ray (Nicholas and Satyajit), Hawks, Lang, Wong, Murnau, Hou, Kiarostami, Sembène, Clouzot, Sirk, Dreyer and so on, is purely because none of them ever produced any good films. Ditto the 1930s, the 1980s, the silent era, the western, sci-fi, musical and horror genres, and several of the world's top continents. I may have just smashed every mirror in my apartment but that's not because I can't look myself in the eye after leaving off Lawrence of Arabia and The Headless Woman and All About Eve and Pierrot le Fou and Do The Right Thing. And if I choose to live in a cave repudiating all human contact for the next 10 years, I can only assure you it will not be in an attempt to escape the radioactive cloud of inadequacy and shame induced by formulating this list, which was, as I say, an absolute breeze. Thanks for the honour, Sight and Sound! No really, thank you. Thanks a bunch.