Julien Allen

Critic and essayist, Reverse Shot

Voted for

Au hasard Balthazar1966Robert Bresson
Europa '511952Roberto Rossellini
Frenzy1972Alfred Hitchcock
The Sorrow and the Pity1969Marcel Ophüls
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp1943Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Touch of Evil1958Orson Welles
Only Angels Have Wings1939Howard Hawks
Le PLAISIR1951Max Ophuls
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927F.W. Murnau
The New World2005Terrence Malick


Sincere apologies, for enforced but unmerited absence, are due to Renoir, Chaplin, Vigo, Kazan, Pialat, Lubitsch, Varda, Sturges, the Coens, Huston, Truffaut, Kubrick, Carpenter, Clarke and Tsai Ming-Liang and I trust they will be well supported elsewhere. I have striven to be both as subjective and as objective as possible, selecting those works whose all-time greatness I can defend, but which spoke to me with the clearest voice. There's all the cinema things: love, hate, action, violence and death… but also (lest these things be overlooked in great cinema) fear, faith, pleasure, beauty and glory.