Occitane Lacurie


Voted for

The Matrix1999The Wachowskis
The Blair Witch Project1999Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez
Phantom of the Paradise1974Brian De Palma
Le JOLI MAI1962Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme
Last Year at Marienbad1961Alain Resnais
Camp de Thiaroye1988Thierno Faty Sow, Ousmane Sembène
Portrait of a Lady on Fire2019Céline Sciamma
Calamity Jane & Delphine Seyrig, A Story1983-2020Babette Mangolte
Y'a qu'à pas baiser1971Carole Roussopoulos
Zapping Zone (Proposals for an imaginary television)1990Chris Marker


The superlative adjective "greatest" was a riddle, which I tried to answer by translating it as "the most important". The most important films, therefore, to me means that they represented a turning point, that they condensed the images of an era or that they inaugurated a visual age on their own. So of course, when I say "in my view", it also means "in what I have been able to see".

I am well aware that my cinephilia is partial, full of biases and gaps, as well as closely linked to the generation to which I belong. A generation (or part of a generation) that I would describe as characterised by a late relationship with cinemas and retrospectives held in large cities, and which owes its film culture mainly to torrent sites, YouTube, forums and VLC Media Player. This is why the order of this list follows the order in which I discovered these films and how they made me want to see more (be it on my computer screen).

I have also tried to make this list as gender balanced as possible.