Volker Schlöndorff


Voted for

Pather Panchali1955Satyajit Ray
La Règle du jeu1939Jean Renoir
On the Waterfront1954Elia Kazan
Army of Shadows1969Jean-Pierre Melville
Amarcord1972Federico Fellini
Ivan the Terrible1945Sergei M. Eisenstein
Greed1923Erich von Stroheim
Ikiru1952Akira Kurosawa
Ossessione1943Luchino Visconti
Il grido1957Michelangelo Antonioni


Pather Panchali

1955 India

I dunno any more what a good film is, even less what the best is, but I know which ones I like best, depending on the days, in no particular order. This one for the boy, for his grandma who waters the weeds by the house, for Ravi Shankar's music, for the spotting of his complaint after his big loss, for the photography, for the sensuality of the countryside, for the sadness of childhood and all the hope of it.

La Règle du jeu

1939 France

For the half of my life spent in France, my coming of age and apprenticeship there, for all my wonderful friends – all dead by now.

On the Waterfront

1954 USA

Because Brando put me in a trance, because injustice and martyrdom are intolerable, because I too wanted to be somebody, a contender. All of this despite the academic pompous side of it.

Army of Shadows

1969 France, Italy

Because he was my first master, and this is his masterpiece.


1972 Italy, France

For its humour and humanity. And for its cri de coeur: “Voglio una donna!”

Ivan the Terrible

1945 USSR

The moment Nikolai Cherkasov turns around on his staff as he discovers the long procession of people coming to find him in his retreat in the monastery is for me the strongest emotion I've ever felt in a movie, and all the operatic, over-the-top acting, designing and scripting is unique.

Il grido

1957 Italy, USA

I might also have chosen L'Eclisse (1962).