John Klacsmann

Archivist, Anthology Film Archives

Voted for

Wavelength1967Michael Snow
Crossroads1976Bruce Conner
At Land1944Maya Deren
Zapruder Kennedy Assassination Film1963Abraham Zapruder
Scorpio Rising1964Kenneth Anger
What's Wrong With This Picture?1971George Landow
Razor Blades1965-68Paul Sharits
Notebook1962Marie Menken
Perfect Film1986Ken Jacobs
Fantasia1940Ben Sharpsteen, Samuel Armstrong, Samuel Armstrong, James Algar, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley, Ford Beebe, T. Hee, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson



1967 Canada

Transcendence at (on) 300 Canal Street, Floor 2.


1976 USA

The last movie.

At Land

1944 USA

Ethereality in cement splices.

Zapruder Kennedy Assassination Film


The most famous film of the 20th century?

A $16,000,000 roll of 8mm.

Scorpio Rising

1964 USA

Pure pop perfection.

True underground cinema.

What's Wrong With This Picture?


A love letter to the (neglected) educational film. Filmmaking on a whole other plane.

Razor Blades


Finally violently obliterating the constraints of an orthodox single screen + mono sound cinema.



Pioneering a personal cinema.

Perfect Film


A perfect film. The original cinematic "readymade".


1940 USA

Disney never returned to getting so far out, even while having so much on the line.

My favorite visionary Hollywood epic.

Further remarks

Greatest? What is does it mean to be great?

Film? What is Film?

Or, rather, what *isn't* Film nowadays?

Plus, what do I know?

This is humbling: I've only seen a minuscule amount of all the films made to be any kind of authority on Film, worldwide, 1888 to present.

As such, this is simply a personal list of some of the titles that have remained with me, stood my test of time, and truly expanded my mind. Films that, for me, redefined the possibilities of what Film can – or ideally should – be.

Which is to say: these Films fed me and so I think they are some of the Greatest.