John Hill

Professor of Media, Royal Holloway, University of London/Editorial Associate, Cineaste (US)

Voted for

An Autumn Afternoon1962Yasujirō Ozu
Camp de Thiaroye1988Thierno Faty Sow, Ousmane Sembène
A City of Sadness1989Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Vredens dag1943Carl Th. Dreyer
Out of the Past1947Jacques Tourneur
Performance1970Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg
Portrait of a Lady on Fire2019Céline Sciamma
Taxi Tehran2015Jafar Panahi
The Travelling Players1975Theo Angelopoulos


Any poll such as this inevitably relies upon a mix of judgements involving a sense of academic propriety, personal predilections and suspicion of critical orthodoxies. I was tempted to abandon my previous selection in its entirety but settled instead for a replacement of the most popular choices - Battleship Potemkin, Breathless, Sunrise and Vertigo - all of which indisputably rank amongst the 'greatest films of all time' but are less in need of my vote.