Pablo Conde

Artistic Director, Mar del Plata International Film Festival

Voted for

Seven Samurai1954Akira Kurosawa
The Searchers1956John Ford
Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
Playtime1967Jacques Tati
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Videodrome1983David Cronenberg
Détective1985Jean-Luc Godard
Blue Velvet1986David Lynch
Assault on Precinct 131976John Carpenter
Suspiria1977Dario Argento


Seven Samurai

1954 Japan

"Manzo, don't be angry. When the dawn threatens our very lives, the weight of it makes us all a little reckless."

The Searchers

1956 USA

"By what you preach, none. But what that Comanche believes, ain't got no eyes, he can't enter the spirit-land. Has to wander forever between the winds.You get it, Reverend."


1958 USA

"It's wonderful how they've got it all taped now, John. They've got music for dipsomaniacs, and music for melancholiacs, and music for nymphomaniacs. I wonder what would happen if somebody got their files mixed up?"


1967 France

"How do you say 'drugstore' in French?"

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

"I could have made mashed potatoes, but we're having that tomorrow."


1983 Canada

"I am the Video Word made Flesh."


1985 France

"We're not in one of those little French films, where the actors believe talking is thinking."

Blue Velvet

1986 USA

"In dreams, I walk with you. In dreams, I talk to you. In dreams, you're mine, all the time. Forever. In dreams…"

Assault on Precinct 13

1976 USA

"In my situation, days are like women - each one's so damn precious, but they all end up leaving you."


1977 Italy

"Bad luck isn't brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds."

Further remarks

Subjective, as much ludic as it is an impossible task, this list of films is fixated on the number ten: that is how many "truths" each film has inside of itself. At the very least.

Ten irrebatible truths about what "cinema" is. What are its margins, the core, the vast field?  

It is an auto-accepted canonical list: how not to? It is impossible for me to stay away from those titles, maybe because of them truths. 

If it were a Cannonical list, it would be easier: Love Streams, Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, King Lear, Runaway Train, Revenge of the Ninja, Hero and the Terror, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, Tough Guys Don't Dance, House of the Long Shadows, being a purist on the Golan-Globus titles, of course.

But, subtracting the extra N, canonical was the means to an end. Ten, the restriction, from ALL films, to an exact handful. Ten perfect tens. Ten ways to understand the world. To live it.