|The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
|Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
|Five Year Diary
|1981 - 1997
|Anne Charlotte Robertson
|U.S. Go Home
Infinitely rewatchable. It may not sound like the highest or most personal compliment, but I find this film extremely productive to think about, and perhaps no other film has informed my thinking so much, so variously, and specifically, over so long.
The greatest biopic and the greatest documentary. It has impacted my work so fundamentally that I wonder if I'd ever have got started without it.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
The most honest American film.
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
I've only seen it once, on YouTube, split into 18 parts. It was one of the most transformative viewing experiences of my life.
Five Year Diary
“I was so overwhelmed with what I saw. I don’t think it’s me who is a film diarist: it’s you! It’s you! I was very very moved and I couldn’t sleep thinking about it.” - Jonas Mekas in a letter to Anne Charlotte Robertson, 1994
U.S. Go Home
Again, I've only seen this on YouTube, but I've seen it several times, and every time I find a new elbow, nape, or hand to focus on, and the emotion seems to shift completely.
This list could have comprised 10 Wiseman's. I find it hard to think of a cinema without him.
The greatest film yet made about our current century.
A very moving image.