Scott Foundas

Critic; associate director of programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center


Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Celine and Julie Go Boating


Jacques Rivette

Citizen Kane


Orson Welles

Diary of a Country Priest


Robert Bresson

Godfather: Part II, The


Francis Ford Coppola

In a Lonely Place


Nicholas Ray

Night of the Living Dead, The


George A Romero

Passion of Joan of Arc


Carl Theodor Dreyer

Pierrot le Fou


Jean-Luc Godard

Shop Around the Corner, The


Ernst Lubitsch

Wind Will Carry Us, The


Abbas Kiarostami


A fool’s errand, as others have noted. Even as I submit this list (electronically), my jacket pockets are stuffed with scraps of hotel notepaper with dozens of other possible titles scribbled on them, not least Andrei Rublev, A Brighter Summer Day, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Lost, Lost, Lost and Syndromes and a Century. What do these and the other titles above have in common? Nothing except that they opened my own mind – and many others’ – to new possibilities in cinema, and continue to do so each time I revisit them. No matter what the word ‘cinema’ connotes by the next edition of this poll, I feel sure they will remain with us, forever in the firmament.

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