Robert Hanks

writer and sub, Sight & Sound

Voted for

Der blaue Engel1930Josef von Sternberg
M1931Fritz Lang
The Lady Eve1941Preston Sturges
I Know Where I’m Going!1945Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Notorious1946Alfred Hitchcock
The Night of the Hunter1955Charles Laughton
A Man Escaped1956Robert Bresson
Penda's Fen1973Alan Clarke
L' EMPIRE DES SENS1976Nagisa Oshima
The Master2012Paul Thomas Anderson


In the end, I chose films that on first viewing left me either feeling something entirely new or feeling something more intensely than ever before. But my list is (like everyone else's, I presume) a tribute to the power of the flipped coin and eeny-meeny-miny-mo, and I can't explain or defend The Master not Punch-Drunk Love, Notorious not North by Northwest, or any of them not Robinson in Space or An Autumn Afternoon or The Battle of Algiers or Citizen Kane or Top Hat or or or or or