Michelle Carey

Artistic director, Melbourne International Film Festival

Australia

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

argent, L'

1928

Marcel L'Herbier

Celine and Julie Go Boating

1974

Jacques Rivette

Close-Up

1989

Abbas Kiarostami

Green Ray, The

1986

Eric Rohmer

Histoire(s) du cinéma

Jean-Luc Godard

In a Lonely Place

1950

Nicholas Ray

One and a Two, A

1999

Edward Yang

Sans Soleil

1982

Chris Marker

Sunrise

1927

F. W. Murnau

Tokyo Story

1953

Ozu Yasujirô

Comments

I am unable to avoid the usual disclaimers about what couldn’t make the list. Entire bodies of work (Fassbinder, Denis, Garrel, Weeresthakul, Lang) rate among the greatest cinema in my view, yet not one individual film features. I’m also finding myself increasingly drawn to comedy yet I struggle to select a single film of that genre. But there is something monumental in each of the films I list. The more I travel into my glorious love affair with the cinema, the more I realise what constitutes a masterpiece: an entire world, an entire sense of being, with all the weight it entails, all its mystery, represented in one film.

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