Piers Handling

Director, Toronto International Film Festival

Canada

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Au Hasard Balthazar

1966

Robert Bresson

Days and Nights in the Forest

1970

Satyajit Ray

eclisse, L'

1962

Michelangelo Antonioni

Fort Apache

1948

John Ford

Late Spring

1949

Ozu Yasujirô

Man with a Movie Camera

1929

Dziga Vertov

Pierrot le Fou

1965

Jean-Luc Godard

Sunrise

1927

F. W. Murnau

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Viridiana

1961

Luis Buñuel

Comments

Almost impossible to justify a selection of then films anymore – 20 would be far less arbitrary. No Renoir, Hawks, Mizoguchi, Rossellini, Chaplin, Tarkovsky on the list – and no film later than 1970! These selections are highly personal, and include films that spoke to me because they either broke rules and expanded possibilities within cinema, or continue to move and stimulate me after every re-screening.

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