Robert Gardner

Dead Birds; Forest of Bliss

US

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Bicycle Thieves, The

1948

Vittorio de Sica

Blood of the Beasts

1948

Georges Franju

Dersu Uzala

1975

Akira Kurosawa

Freeze, Die Come Alive

1989

Vitali Kanevsky

Ju Dou

1990

Zhang Yimou

My Life as a Dog

1985

Lasse Hallström

Rashomon

1950

Akira Kurosawa

Woman of the Dunes

1964

Teshigahara Hiroshi

WR: Mysteries of the Organism

1971

Dusan Makavejev

Zero de Conduite

1933

Jean Vigo

Comments

For me as a young filmmaker interested in the actual world, The Bicycle Thieves broke open an entirely new genre, one that trembled at the edge between fiction and reality. With an eye able to envision a world subject to our subjective capabilities, it started filmmaking down a new and compelling path.

Blood of the Beasts has to be one of cinema’s most unsparing revelations of our carnivorous natures and our troubled humanity.

Dersu Uzala I regard as a film with deep humanity. It asserts man’s profound relationship to the natural world and demonstrates our reliance on skill and compassion to navigate our way in and through it.

Freeze, Die and Come Alive is a tragedy stemming from the innocence of the unsuspecting child. It reveals some of the basest possible human behaviour while also positing our capacity for love.

Ju Dou is a marvel of motion and colour where the intricacies of weaving and dyeing delight the senses.

My Life as a Dog cuts to the quick of its author's discerning eye.

For many western eyes, Rashomon brought Kurosawa to their attention. It is a film about light and remains a monument to that essential ingredient of Cinema.

W.R Mysteries of the Organism is a triumph of humour over bleak conventionality in which the improbable possibilities of life become probable.

Woman of the Dunes, despite its exotic theme, is wonderfully telling in the way it describes the predicaments of being human.

Zero de Conduite resonates with everyone's sense of justice in an unfair world. 

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