Miriam Bale

film programmer and critic

Voted for

Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
Red Desert1964Michelangelo Antonioni
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Johnny Guitar1954Nicholas Ray
Love Streams1984John Cassavetes
Gone to Earth1950Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Ugetsu Monogatari1953Kenji Mizoguchi
Ladies' Man1961Jerry Lewis
Losing Ground1982Kathleen Collins
Giulietta degli spiriti1965Federico Fellini


Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, and Jacques Rivette are my favorite directors yet are absent from this list. Like all good directors, their films are variations on a theme, or parts of a whole, so it is impossible to single out one. And Lubitsch and Hawks had too refined tastes to ever make anything as pompous as a masterpiece.