Noël Carroll


Voted for

La Règle du jeu1939Jean Renoir
Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
Citizen Kane1941Orson Welles
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
M1931Fritz Lang
The General1926Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov
Un chien andalou1928Luis Buñuel
Shoah1985Claude Lanzmann
Meshes of the Afternoon1943Maya Deren, Alexander Hackenschmied


La Règle du jeu

1939 France

With multi-planar compositions for a multi-layered comedy-drama with psychological and social insight, the film is a triumph of nuance.


1958 USA

A philosophically penetrating portrayal of falling in love, obsession, and portrayal.

Citizen Kane

1941 USA

A towering study in the private life of a public man that probes the nature of personal identity.

Tokyo Story

1953 Japan

A perfect, subtly but appropriately understated portrayal of the lives and issues of ordinary people.


1931 Germany

Magnificent use of offscreen space in the finest police procedural cum political insight in the history of film.

The General

1926 USA

Breathtaking comic episodes elegantly composed and edited by an auteur with the mind of a civil engineer commited to disclosing the mechanics or physics of the material world. Proof positive that Buster Keaton was not only an unparalleled comic performer but a director who could have been a success in any genre of filmmaking.

Man with a Movie Camera

1929 Ukrainian SSR, USSR

The greatest exercise in the practice of intellectual montage ever.

Un chien andalou

1928 France

Still the finest Surrealist film.


1985 France

A monumental, unrivaled documentary of a defining atrocity of the twentieth century.

Meshes of the Afternoon

1943 USA

A psychologically powerful, imagistically compelling exploration of a woman's passage-of-life experience. Mesmerising.

Further remarks

My choices all fall before the advent of the 21st century because I have tried to choose works that have already passed the test of time.