Monday, April 16, 2012

sight and sound poll

one of the hardest things ever is choosing the best films ever made. Here's my desert island viewing.

Pyaasa - Guru Dutt

La Regle du Jeu -- Jean Renoir

Infernal Affairs -- Andrew Lau and Alan Mak

Closely Observed Trains - Jiri Menzel

The General -- Buster Keaton

Histoire(s) du cinéma - Jean-Luc Godard

Yellow Earth - Chen Kaige

Princess Mononoke -- Hayao Miyazaki

Mothlight -- Stan Brakhage

The Wild Bunch - Sam Peckinpah


So many others: Les Enfants du Paradis, Scorsese's The Departed, Makaveyev's Swtchboard Operator, Scott's Kingdom of Heaven . . . Cinema at its best has a fundamentally Romantic attitude, as in Goethe or Wordsworth: the effort to reconcile science, perception and the heart that makes it the defining medium of the modern.


Vinouel Lim said...

If I were given a ballot for the Sight and Sound’s 2012 poll to determine the greatest films of all time, I would vote for the following:

01. Otto e mezzo (1963, Fellini)
02. Smultronstället (1957, Bergman)
03. City Lights (1931, Chaplin)
04. Citizen Kane (1941, Welles)
05. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Kubrick)
06. Singin’ in the Rain (1952, Kelly)
07. Tōkyō Monogatari (1953, Ozu)
08. Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)
09. Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972, Herzog)
10. The General (1926, Keaton)

Other films come to mind…

Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom (2003, Ki-duk)
Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925, Eisenstein)
Dekalog (1989, Kieslowski)
The Godfather (1972, Coppola)
Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966, Leone)
Intolerance: Love’s Struggle through the Ages (1916, Griffith)
Jeux Interdits (1952, Clement)
Nattvardsgästerna (1963, Bergman)
Oro Plata Mata (1982, Gallaga)
Synecdoche, New York (2008, Kaufman)

Sean Cubitt said...

At least we agree on Keaton! And yes, Wild Strawberries. I have a great soft spot for Eight and a Half but somehow it got squeezed out. A real secret though: I deeply dislike Hitchcock's American period, with only the partial exception of North By Northwest. Maybe I'll get round to blogging on why (I realise I'm in a vanishingly small minority)