Laszlo Nemes

Film director

Voted for

Barry Lyndon1975Stanley Kubrick
Come and See1985Elem Klimov
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927F.W. Murnau
Pickpocket1959Robert Bresson
Paper Moon1973Peter Bogdanovich
McCabe & Mrs. Miller1971Robert Altman
Chinatown1974Roman Polanski
Le notti di Cabiria1957Federico Fellini
L'avventura1960Michelangelo Antonioni
The Parallax View1974Alan J. Pakula


Barry Lyndon

1975 USA, United Kingdom

A humanistic tale mixed with irony and melancholia and made with masterful cinematic control. The director's detachment to his characters is false – on the contrary, he embraces their fallible deeds and their fate.

Come and See

1985 USSR, Byelorussian SSR

The limits of human perception when it comes to depicting war are incorporated into the cinematic strategy of Klimov's movie. The fragility of humanity and how space unfolds relentlessly in a subjective art form.

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

1927 USA

Sunrise is a dream between two continents, the last letter from a world that is about to be engulfed in war and genocide. It is also the last chapter of the kind of inventiveness that cinema relied on before the triumph of sound (dialogue). The grammar of cinematic language and expression is still being questioned.


1959 France

The simplicity of the processes of human existence, and the hidden beauty of the little gestures. A great lesson also in editing and how sound can affect the seen (and the imagined). Direction here is the total form, the acting directed to be simple. Nothing is really left for improvisation – nevertheless, the film still retains its extreme fragility.

Paper Moon

1973 USA

The finest example of the truth to this statement: true art is entertainment and true entertainment is art. Beautiful, expressive black and white imagery, inherited from expressionistic cinema and its American translator and master Orson Welles. One of the most moving films I've seen.

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

1971 USA

A love story between two people that are in the wrong place at the wrong time. But what a place and what a time – the beauty of the world is inseparable from its utter destructiveness.


1974 USA

Noir reinvented.

Le notti di Cabiria

1957 Italy, France

The fragility and strange beauty of Cabiria in a world that is not suited for her.


1960 Italy, France

For its use of space, scenery and locations, and the place of the humans inside those spaces.

The Parallax View

1974 USA

The best paranoid movie – it isn’t heavy handed and it leaves enough to the imagination. Beautifully crafted and the finest example of how directing and cinematography (here by Gordon Willis) can work hand in hand.