Juliet Jacques


Voted for

Battleship Potemkin1925Sergei M. Eisenstein
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927F.W. Murnau
M1931Fritz Lang
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
Le Mépris1963Jean-Luc Godard
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb1963Stanley Kubrick
Aguirre, Wrath of God1972Werner Herzog
Solaris1972Andrei Tarkovsky
Berlin Alexanderplatz
Werckmeister Harmonies2000Béla Tarr


Deciding this list was almost impossible: if you picked just one from each decade since feature-length films first appeared, you've have more than ten. I could have chosen just from the silent era, and had no room for short films, avant-garde works or artists' moving image, despite my passion for them. I saw all of these films before I turned 25, so they obviously made a lasting impression on me: my list is entirely male, very Eurocentric and includes nothing from the 21st century, with Bela Tarr's film closing the 20th. And I had no room for Chaplin, Keaton, Vertov, Bresson, Renoir, Vigo, Welles, Hitchcock, Akerman, Wang Bing, Peter Watkins, Dovzhenko, Almodóvar, Buñuel, Kurosawa, Bergman, Truffaut, Sembène, Pasolini, Marker, Kieślowski, Wang, Apichatpong – the list could go on forever…