Saige Walton

Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies, UniSA Creative, University of South Austalia

Voted for

Beau travail1998Claire Denis
Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
Alien1979Ridley Scott
Mulholland Dr.2001David Lynch
Bicycle Thieves1948Vittorio De Sica
Holy Motors2012Léos Carax
Unforgiven1992Clint Eastwood
A Woman under the Influence1974John Cassavetes
Daisies1966Věra Chytilová
Paris, Texas1984Wim Wenders


Beau travail

1998 France

The beginning, the ending and everything in between - the most beautifully choreographed film about jealousy that I think has ever been made.


1958 USA

I fall into this film, every time. The ultimate tale of perversion and perverse love, beautifully accompanied by Bernard Herrmann's sublime score.


1979 USA, United Kingdom

Perfectly paced. I love its sleek minimalism... Monstrous, corporate capitalism in space have never been more relevant. The opening credits still give me chills.

Mulholland Dr.

2001 France, USA

For all its atmospheric twists, turns and enigmas, the film is very precise and precisely structured around doubling and disillusion. Two neatly corresponding halves are held together by one of the most amazingly 'Lynchian' scenes ever ("Club Silencio") wherein affect and artifice combine.

Bicycle Thieves

1948 Italy

A film that never fails to make me (or my students) cry.

Holy Motors

2012 France, Germany, Belgium

A sinuous film that is about all films and the 'holy motor' of cinema itself. Denis Lavant is superb (again and again and again and again...).


1992 USA

A beautifully melancholic western. Eastwood sincerely pays homage to the history of the genre (and to his own history) while adeptly deconstructing the mythology of the gunslinger... Great dialogue ("Deserve's got nothing to do with it") and a fantastic cast, also.

A Woman under the Influence

1974 USA

So many moments of tenderness and quiet devastation! Rowlands' performance is still electrifying.


1966 Czechoslovakia

Wildly experimental and joyously anarchic. Marie 1 and Marie 2 forever!

Paris, Texas

1984 Federal Republic of Germany, France, United Kingdom

For me, this is Wenders' most beautiful film - Americana by way of Europe. Complete with stunning cinematography (Robby Müller) and an amazing score (Ry Cooder). The booth sequence between Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) and Jane (Nastassja Kinski) is something that will stay with me forever.

Further remarks

Like other critics, I had an 'almost Top 10' list that was considerably longer! In the end, I based my 10 choices on the following selection criteria: it had to be a film that left a lasting impression on me the first time I saw it; only one film per director could be included. It also had to be a film that I could watch over and over again... without ever wanting to change a single thing.