Pamela Biénzobas Saffie

Critic, Revista de Cine Mabuse


Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Andrei Rublev


Andrei Tarkovsky

Blue Velvet


David Lynch

Days of Heaven


Terrence Malick

Edvard Munch


Peter Watkins

Gospel According to St Matthew, The


Pier Paolo Pasolini

Paris, Texas


Wim Wenders

Passenger, The


Michelangelo Antonioni

Passion of Joan of Arc


Carl Theodor Dreyer



Robert Bresson

Ugetsu Monogatari


Mizoguchi Kenji


One way I found to try to get around the difficulty (and sense of arrogance) of establishing a list of the greatest films of all times was to set myself aside and arbitrarily rule out all of the filmmakers that appeared in the top ten directors or films in the 2002 poll. This meant excluding all films by Bergman, Coppola, De Sica, Donen, Eisenstein, Fellini, Ford, Godard, Hitchcock, Kelly, Kubrick, Kurosawa, Lean, Murnau, Ozu, Renoir, Scorsese, Welles or Wilder. Some exclusions, of course, were painful. Then, though I was tempted to seek certain balance and variety (I am not pleased at the evident cultural and chronological concentration of the list), I stuck to a term suggested in the invitation to vote, “impact”, and assumed the utter subjectivity of the exercise. These are just a few of the films (with all of the mentioned exceptions and many other heartbreaking absences) that have had the greatest impact on me when I discovered or rediscovered them.

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