Malcolm Le Grice

Castle 1; Berlin Horse


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2 minutes 45 seconds

William Raban

Condition of Illusion


Peter Gidal

Dog Star Man


Stan Brakhage

Flaming Creatures


Jack Smith

Kiss Me Kate


George Sydney

Man with a Movie Camera


Dziga Vertov



Birgit and Willhelm Hein

Some Like It Hot


Billy Wilder



Kurt Kren



Michael Snow


Four hours or so, The Art of Vision is the first great innovation in the form of the personal – first-person – subjective cinema. In art history it belongs with Jackson Pollock and the American Abstract Expressionists – though the art establishment has still not caught up with this.

A milestone in the so called Structuralist cinema, Wavelength is a great experience at any level in cinema. After years of viewing, it’s still as good as ever.

An austere beautiful work – testing and rewarding – Condition of Illusion is the cinema equivalent of Sam Beckett from the film-artist who invented ‘Structural Materialism’.

TV is a wonderful short, simple work using a structured system of single short sequences. An image puzzle but not a puzzle. An absolutely key work of the European experimental cinema.

Only two Hollywood movies make it into my list. Both escape the standard American combination of violence and sentimentality. In Kiss Me Kate the colour is sumptuous – and Shakespeare would have been proud of the language and dialogue. It was originally shot in 3D – sadly I have never seen this version.

Flaming Creatures is THE Underground film, a poetic and crazy revolution in lifestyle, gender – and an absolutely essential antidote to the boring history of narrative cinema.

Roh-Film is raw (roh) film collaged – together with my own Castle 1, the punkest of punk films made in 1968 – before the exponents of punk were out of primary school?– Billy Wilder No justification needed for Some Like It Hot, as it will appear in dozens of ‘desert-island film’ lists. Sheer entertainment and great lines.

2 Minutes 45 Seconds is the first, best and wittiest film combining live performance, live film recording and re-presentation.

No great justification needed for Man with a Movie Camera either – it’s the first film that explores a parallel matrix concept (even if Vertov could not have described it that way) prefiguring digital and interactive forms.

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