Roberto Manassero

Film Critic and programmer

Voted for

Au hasard Balthazar1966Robert Bresson
Raging Bull1980Martin Scorsese
La Règle du jeu1939Jean Renoir
Persona1966Ingmar Bergman
The Searchers1956John Ford
Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli1960Luchino Visconti
The Travelling Players1975Theo Angelopoulos
The Apartment1960Billy Wilder
Fargo1995Joel Coen


Au hasard Balthazar

1966 France, Sweden

A rigorous, shocking film. Each cut of the montage a leap into the void, each image a revelation, each action, gesture, look, object a mystery. It's timeless quality let this film stay forever modern. An unrivaled masterpiece.

Raging Bull

1980 USA

Scorsese's most personal, heartbreaking film (which I choose over "The Age of Innocence" only because it comes first). The beginning, with La Motta dancing in the ring in slow motion to the notes of Mascagni, and then the violent detachment on the first boxing match remains one of the most dazzling in the history of cinema. One of last, epic titles of the Hollywood Renaissance, with perhaps the highest rehearsals of two of Scorsese's primary collaborators: of course De Niro, and film editor Thelma Schoonmaker.

La Règle du jeu

1939 France

In this film we can find everything: the decadence of European culture before the war, the creative freedom of a film director both modern and primitive, the infinite potential of filming in deep-focus and longshots to grab and replicate the complexity, the openness, the elusiveness of reality.


1966 Sweden

Bergman's most experimental and complex film. The sense of helplessness while watching this movie - with its incredible beginning and that mysterious embrace between the two women - is one of the most impressive cinematic experiences ever.

The Searchers

1956 USA

Simply, the greatest western ever. From the greatest American classic director ever.

Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli

1960 Italy

The greatest novel about post-war Italy, where the story of a family replicates the evolution of a whole nation and shows the wounds of history in private. Melodramatic, cruel, with one of the most moving endings ever, full of hope and consciousness.

The Travelling Players

1975 Greece

Among the many reasons why this is one of the most extraordinary films ever, there is the style of Angelopoulos: plan séquence in deep focus, during which history comes on the screen like an epiphany, replicating political, economical, and social events. Each vision is a revelation.

The Apartment

1960 USA

The greatest American comedy ever, the passing from classic cinema and modernity, with a protagonist, the infamous C.C. Baxter by Jack Lemmon who embraces the human misery and contradiction of the American middle man (not a Mensch, but simply a guy looking for promotion). Shirley McLaine unforgettable.


1976 USSR

An unsung masterpiece from a Soviet dissident. The story of a journalist soldier who returns home from the front during the battle of Stalingrad, between history and fiction, love and disillusionment. Some images are hallucinating, so strong to be difficult to see, imbued in an extraordinary suspension of time and space.


1995 USA, United Kingdom

The ultimate American film, a film noir immersed in snow, with the classical editing which that fails to represent a reality in which normality and madness are indistinguishable. Coen brothers at their best.