Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece

Associate Professor

Voted for

La Règle du jeu1939Jean Renoir
Syndromes and a Century2006Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Andrei Rublev1966Andrei Tarkovsky
MARKETA LAZAROVÁ1967Frantisek Vlácil
The Ascent1976Larissa Shepitko
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre1974Tobe Hooper
Killer of Sheep1977Charles Burnett
The Colour of Pomegranates1968Sergei Paradjanov
Fear Eats the Soul1974Rainer Werner Fassbinder


La Règle du jeu

1939 France

A sublimely choreographed dance between rich and poor, man and woman, city and country, up and down. What begins in the air ends buried under the ground in a harbinger of the wreckage of war.

Syndromes and a Century

2006 Thailand, France, Austria, Netherlands

A blissful mystery of a film where the status of the body shifts from object of clinical examination to swooning part of the natural world. Audaciously, its main character is the hospital itself. Nothing less than a modern masterpiece.

Andrei Rublev

1966 USSR

The most spiritual film about artistic practice ever made.


1967 Czechoslovakia

A primal scream of medieval brutality, both utterly temporally immersive and utterly of its moment. A masterpiece of historical fiction and contemporary political rage.

The Ascent

1976 USSR

A tone poem of exhaustion; a long slow march to death; a prime example of how film can be a transcendent spiritual experience.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

No other film has ever captured how the personal is political -- formally, sonically, visually -- as rapturously as Jeanne Dielman. It is a masterpiece of cold feminist rage.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

1974 USA

The nastiest, most visceral, most terrifying American nightmare birthed fully-grown and screaming from accumulated decades of US film history. A bloody bridge between Classical Hollywood and the ascent of Ronald Reagan to his movie-saturated throne. Proof that horror is the ne plus ultra American genre, at least for those of us who never wave a flag.

Killer of Sheep

1977 USA

The American city not only encloses slaughterhouses -- it is a slaughterhouse. Burnett's eye for poetry elevates even the most everyday moments into the realm of universal pain. To me, the ideal model for the possibilities of American indie filmmaking.

The Colour of Pomegranates

1968 USSR, Armenian SSR

When I first saw The Color of Pomegranates, I felt like I had fallen through a still-wet mural into another time and place. Even now, images from this film return to me like fragments of half-heard poems and dissipating tastes on the tongue. This is film as every sense.

Fear Eats the Soul

1974 Federal Republic of Germany

An emotional avalanche bundled in chilly German form. A perfect movie.

Further remarks

This is so difficult! I have multiple films I'm desperate to include. If I could, I would include The Battle of Algiers, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Army of Shadows, and The Lady Eve. Alas, I am restricted to ten.