Madeline Whittle

Programmer, critic, and translator

Voted for

L' Âge d'or1930Luis Buñuel
It Happened One Night1934Frank Capra
Partie de campagne1936Jean Renoir
Late Spring1949Yasujirō Ozu
Psycho1960Alfred Hitchcock
La notte1961Michelangelo Antonioni
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Nashville1975Robert Altman
To Sleep with Anger1990Charles Burnett
In the Mood for Love2000Wong Kar Wai


In perusing the results of the 2012 edition of this poll, I'm struck by the very precise function of its insight: to generate a snapshot of how film critics and practitioners -- those individuals around the world who have dedicated their professional lives to this medium -- feel about the art form, identifying and celebrating its most enduring, significant achievements as a means of articulating its potential for transcendence. It's in this spirit that I've tried to formulate my own contribution, knowing that my choices are beholden to the contours of my experience, as every human encounter with art must be.