Robert Beeson

Director of New Wave Films

Voted for

Only Angels Have Wings1939Howard Hawks
Paisan1946Roberto Rossellini
Aparajito1956Satyajit Ray
A Man Escaped1956Robert Bresson
Viridiana1961Luis Buñuel
Il POSTO1961Ermanno Olmi
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
The Ascent1976Larissa Shepitko
El sur1983Víctor Erice
Dekalog (Decalogue)1989Krzysztof Kieslowski


Only Angels Have Wings

1939 USA

Probably the ultimate Hawks film.


1946 Italy

Despite its occasional awkwardness, its sincerity makes it one of the greatest to deal with war.


1956 India

The first Ray film I ever saw, and after several re-views still my favourite.

A Man Escaped

1956 France

The film that got me hooked onto cinema decades ago, and still the most perfect achievement of my favourite director.


1961 Spain, Mexico

The most astounding achievement of cinema's slyest director.


1961 Italy

A hard choice between this and I Fidanzati, both of which I somehow only saw a few years ago. This wins for its melancholy humour.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

Only watched it properly in the last decade, and then another 3 times. It's easy to get as obsessive as Jeanne herself.

The Ascent

1976 USSR

I never saw it until recently. I am a sucker for Russian war films, but this is the most powerful.

El sur

1983 Spain, France

Re-watching it recently made me decide it was the greatest of this frustratingly unprolific director's works.

Dekalog (Decalogue)


Tried to avoid anything we released, but a recent re-watch confirmed this is simply a staggering achievement, greatly aided by the wealth of Polish acting talent at Kieślowski's disposal at the time, and just has to be included.

Further remarks

I still stand by my choices from 2012, but I wanted to make some changes by only including films first seen or re-seen since 2012, so only 2 titles from 2012 reappear in 2022. Films less than 10 years old I left to mature a little longer, and some of the best recent works have been long form TV like Twin Peaks: The Return and The Underground Railroad.