Manishita Dass


Voted for

Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov
Meghe Dhaka Tara1960Ritwik Ghatak
Aparajito1956Satyajit Ray
The Gleaners and I2000Agnès Varda
Ashes and Diamonds1958Andrzej Wajda
La Règle du jeu1939Jean Renoir
A Brighter Summer Day1991Edward Yang
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927F.W. Murnau
In the Mood for Love2000Wong Kar Wai
The Battle of Algiers1966Gillo Pontecorvo


These are all films that I have carried with me for a while. Like all such lists, this is a highly autobiographical one, reflecting some of the epiphanic encounters that shaped my cinephilia, my evolving sense of cinematic possibilities and film history, and my subsequent approaches to teaching and writing about films. And like all such lists, this is by no means an exhaustive or unchanging list.