Violeta Kovacsics

Film critic and lecturer

Voted for

SPIONE1928Fritz Lang
Cat People1943Jacques Tourneur
Late Spring1949Yasujirō Ozu
In a Lonely Place1950Nicholas Ray
Vertigo1958Alfred Hitchcock
Ladies' Man1961Jerry Lewis
Céline and Julie Go Boating1974Jacques Rivette
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Enfant secret 1979Philippe Garrel
Mulholland Dr.2001David Lynch


How to deal with contemporary cinema is one of the main challenges I face in a poll like this one. The last time I participated in this poll, I wasn't sure if I was making a mistake by leaving out contemporary film. I was thinking, above all, of Mulholland Drive. I have amended that mistake by including it now: although Lynch's film is now more than twenty years old, it still seems extremely contemporary to me. I have the urge to see contemporary film with perspective, even if cinema is still young, a modern art, and the last twenty years are already an important part of cinema’s short and fascinating history. When writing a list like this one, I still feel more confortable in the company of films that have been with me throughout my history, both as a cinephile and a professor and film critic. Time will tell if I've been unfair to any of the films of our time I had in mind and left off the list (Carol, On the Beach Alone at night), but the present is perhaps not yet history, and I guess my list is about history.