Nina Danino

Artist and Filmmaker

Voted for

The Gospel According to St. Matthew1964Pier Paolo Pasolini
Le Mépris1963Jean-Luc Godard
FATA MORGANA1971Werner Herzog
Performance1970Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg
Temenos1998Nina Danino
The Angelic Conversation1985Derek Jarman
La dolce vita1960Federico Fellini
Diary of a Country Priest1951Robert Bresson


The Gospel According to St. Matthew

1964 Italy, France

This was the first film I ever saw that made me question what I was watching.

Le Mépris

1963 France, Italy

Beautiful technicolor, the Mediterranean, the house.


1971 Federal Republic of Germany

The strange readings from creation myth, everything is strange and wonderful. Sea of Joy by Blind Faith.


1970 USA, United Kingdom

London in the 70s as I first knew it - Notting Hill. A great soundtrack including Ry Cooder, menacing and mysterious.


1998 United Kingdom

Why not - it has an amazing soundtrack and incredible images.

The Angelic Conversation

1985 United Kingdom

Beautiful recital of poems and very hypnotic.

La dolce vita

1960 Italy, France

A masterful panorama of Roman jet-setting life. Ambitious, epic, with scenes that are indelible in cinema and personal memory. The opening is in my short film Sweet Child.

Diary of a Country Priest

1951 France

For its working out of a moral dilemma and the representation of interior life in cinema.

Further remarks

I'm using the word "Great' as my guide - many films are colloquially great - in the American sense of meaning very good and enjoyable, and many add to the intellectual and visual history of cinema, but I have chosen the ones that to me are above this. As an experimental filmmaker I seem not to have chosen many classical experimental films. Can I add The Chelsea Girls (1966), a tour-de-force which is included in my film Solitude (2022). Perhaps I would substitute Diary of a Country Priest for The Chelsea Girls, which may be a greater film.