Maria João Madeira


Voted for

A Corner in Wheat1909D.W. Griffith
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans1927F.W. Murnau
Vampyr1932Carl Th. Dreyer
M1931Fritz Lang
Trouble in Paradise1932Ernst Lubitsch
By the Bluest of Seas1935Boris Barnet
Only Angels Have Wings1939Howard Hawks
My Darling Clementine1946John Ford
Late Spring1949Yasujirō Ozu
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman


L’arrivée d’un train à La Ciotat, from the Lumière’s catalog (1895) should be in every top ten list. Here are ten of the greatest, not starting with the great thrill of the cinematographer – moving images, the screening room and the people. And going deep in a lonely place. In a word, emotion. (or is it invention? Reflections? Perspective?) In some more words, the beauty of the moving wind in the trees. (or is it the awe of that saturation of magnificent signs bathed in the light of the absence of explanation that Manoel de Oliveira mentioned to Jean-Luc Godard?) In ellipsis, the splendour of modernity and magnificent waves. My list’s last stop is in the decade I began seeing movies, the 70’s of Jeanne Dielman that were for me of Chaplin and the Disneys.