Philippe FAUVEL

editorial board member of Les Cahiers du cinéma

Voted for

Ceux de chez nous1915 / 1952Sacha GUITRY
Sherlock Jr.1924Buster Keaton
Vampyr1932Carl Th. Dreyer
Love Affair1939Leo McCarey
Letter from an Unknown Woman1948Max Ophuls
Late Spring1949Yasujirō Ozu
The Innocents1961Jack Clayton
Je t’aime, je t’aime1968Alain Resnais
A Room with a View1985James Ivory


Ceux de chez nous

1915 / 1952

"Ceux de chez nous" is the most beautiful documentary fiction on art, with A Bigger Splash by Jack Hazan.

I do scrutinize each of the tiny gestures of the greatest artists that Guitry has been able to shoot in 1914 and 1915 (he is 30 at this time).

Rodin, Monet, Renoir (among the others) are shown as themselves, in a friendly context, and Guitry linked all of them in his witty logorrhea.

Further remarks

I've always said to my cinephile friends that I would never be able to make such a list. But maybe i do like paradoxical situations... So I take here ten movies of one list (and the only one I've made) among (only) 40 titles.

Day by day movies forsake my memory but those are like friendships's joys.

This list can’t tell the importance of Chantal Akerman, Wes Anderson, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Hong Sang-soo, Jim Jarmusch, Jonas Mekas, João César Monteiro, Kelly Reichardt, Jacques Rivette or François Truffaut's movies in my life… and I'm definility not sure that each of those ten are the best movies made by their directors... But i do not care: if “Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice", I am pretty sure that those films have shown me a way to make it better.