Salvador Amores

Film programmer

Voted for

Stars in My Crown1949Jacques Tourneur
Europa '511952Roberto Rossellini
Sansho the Bailiff1954Kenji Mizoguchi
An Affair to Remember1957Leo McCarey
MIDARERU1964Mikio Naruse
Still1969Ernie Gehr
FRANCISCA1981Manoel de Oliveira
ENCORE1988Paul Vecchiali
La BELLE NOISEUSE1991Jacques Rivette
La vallée close1995Jean-Claude Rousseau


I believe Ernie Gehr’s Still condenses more subtly than any other work the whole of cinema’s aesthetic possibilities. As to the ruling principle of most of the remaining choices, I’ve always felt close to the words that open an old stanza of Louis Zukofsky where he quotes his own son speaking about a little red fox whose paw had been hurt by the quills of a porcupine: "Because he was crying/ I like him most of all."

I would have liked to add La passion de Jeanne d'Arc by Carl Th. Dreyer, De bruit et de fureur by Jean-Claude Brisseau, Max Turnheim by Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller and the entire oeuvre/life projects of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, Jean-Luc Godard, Stan Brakhage and Nathaniel Dorsky.