|The Last Laugh
|The Gold Rush
|Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
|Daughters of the Dust
This time around, I found myself thinking of greatness in terms of difficulty—not necessarily practical difficulty, which many filmmakers of varying achievement face, but conceptual difficulty, the combination of production and direction that enables a filmmaker to push the art of cinema drastically and definitively ahead, to blow a hole in the history of the aesthetic and to confront that history, and history itself, at the same time.