Santiago Navajas

Film critic, culture blogger and philosophy teacher, Libertad Digital

Spain

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

2011

Adam Curtis

Andrei Rublev

1966

Andrei Tarkovsky

Au Hasard Balthazar

1966

Robert Bresson

Belle de Jour

1967

Luis Buñuel

Breathless

1960

Jean-Luc Godard

In The Mood For Love

2000

Wong Kar Wai

Lady from Shanghai, The

1947

Orson Welles

Persona

1966

Ingmar Bergman

Searchers, The

1956

John Ford

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

Persona is possibly the best vampire movie ever made. Belle de Jour is a sexually twisted version of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In Au hasard Balthazarthe protagonist is a donkey… Vértigo includes necrophilia, bondage, submission, blondes… it’s simply Hitch. Ford is the best director and The Searchers is his best film. The Lady from Shangai includes sadomasochism, mirrors, submision, blondes… it’s simply Welles. I’ve chosen Breathless, and Godard reinvented the way of counting Historie(s) du cinema. In the Mood for Love is a truly successful modern reinvention of the silent film (The Artist is not). Andrei Rublev is art about art. All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace gives us the end of one era and the birth of another.

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