Steven Shaviro

DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne State University

Voted for

Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
Sansho the Bailiff1954Kenji Mizoguchi
The Nutty Professor1963Jerry Lewis
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid1973Sam Peckinpah
GOLDEN EIGHTIES1986Chantal Akerman
2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle1967Jean-Luc Godard
Mulholland Dr.2001David Lynch
Imitation of Life1959Douglas Sirk
Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss1982Rainer Werner Fassbinder
DULI SHIDAI1994Edward Yang


Sansho the Bailiff

1954 Japan

A hard choice, but finally this is the most beautiful and the most devastating of all of Mizoguchi's films.

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

1973 USA

I have listed the film's original date of release, but I vastly prefer the 1988 preview version and/or the 2005 special edition to the butchered original release.

Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss

1982 Federal Republic of Germany

Very hard to choose which film by Fassbinder to include. I am presuming that Berlin Alexanderplatz is a TV series rather than a film, and therefore cannot be included in this poll.


1994 Taiwan

Still waiting for the restoration of this film; I saw it upon initial release, and I have only been able to re-watch it subsequently in an inadequate format. But still undoubtedly a great film.