Julian Graffy

Emeritus Professor of Russian Literature and Film, University College London

Voted for

Eternal Return (Vechnoe vozvrashchenie)2012 Kira Muratova
Leviathan2014Andrey Zvyagintsev
GRUZ 2002007Aleksei Balabanov
Dawson City: Frozen Time2016Bill Morrison
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
The Battle of Algiers1966Gillo Pontecorvo
Au hasard Balthazar1966Robert Bresson
Ugetsu Monogatari1953Kenji Mizoguchi
All That Heaven Allows1955Douglas Sirk
Army of Shadows1969Jean-Pierre Melville


Choosing a top 10 and not immediately wanting to tinker with it gets harder with every passing year. So here are ten films, watched and re-watched over the last decade, which I didn’t include in earlier polls, 10 very different ways of making a cinematic masterwork.