Thomas Clay

The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael; Soi Cowboy


Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Andrei Rublev


Andrei Tarkovsky

Days of Heaven


Terrence Malick

eclisse, L'


Michelangelo Antonioni

Last Movie, The


Dennis Hopper

Life of Oharu, The


Mizoguchi Kenji

Meet Me In St. Louis


Vincente Minnelli

My Neighbour Totoro


Miyazaki Hayao

Once Upon a Time in America


Sergio Leone

Règle du jeu, La


Jean Renoir

Week End


Jean-Luc Godard


Renoir for his fleet-footed tone and the joyful grace of his characterisation. Minnelli for slipping sadness and ambiguity into his trifle without souring the taste. Mizoguchi for the idea of cinema as penitence. Antonioni for defining the zeitgeist of the film century more precisely than any other. Tarkovsky for carving the intangible in marble. Godard for his fervent wit and furious formal invention. Hopper for Hollywood's most radical artefact and the ultimate ex-pat tale. Malick for transfiguring celluloid into half-conscious memories of a past life. Leone for defining 'pure cinema' with moral fearlessness and epic ambition. Miyazaki for the inclusive warmth and wonder of his imagination.

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