|Letter from an Unknown Woman
|Make Way for Tomorrow
|La Règle du jeu
|Singin' in the Rain
|Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
Bold, bravura filmmaking at its very best.
Ophuls’ sublime testament to romantic yearnings.
Letter from an Unknown Woman
Style is substance in Ophuls’ exquisite film.
Make Way for Tomorrow
Uncompromising and heartbreaking.
It has me the moment the door opens. Infuriatingly flawed, but beautiful.
La Règle du jeu
Renoir’s crowning achievement.
Singin' in the Rain
A gently tragic film about the wheel turning.
It seduces you, it sweeps you along, and it leaves you breathless.
Elegant, eloquent, and alive with the music of its making.
Some things change, some stay the same. If I compiled my Top 10 next year, or next week, it’d be different from the above. I first did this for Sight & Sound 30 years ago, but assembled my 2022 list without checking back. Half my choices have gone missing, although only one of the replacements was made during the intervening years. Go figure.