Martin Brady

Lecturer, German and Film Studies, King's College London

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Chronicle of a Summer

1961

Edgar Morin/Jean Rouch

Last Words

1968

Werner Herzog

Portrait of Ga

1952

Margaret Tait

Sans Soleil

1982

Chris Marker

Shunters

1984

Jürgen Böttcher

Sicilia!

1998

Jean-Marie Straub/Danièle Huillet

Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert

1976

Marguerite Duras

Third Generation, The

1979

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Vampyr

1932

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Wild Grass

2008

Alain Resnais

Comments

In very different ways, all of these films deconstruct cinema into its inherited media, only to recompose them into something entirely new. They are all revolutionary aesthetically and, therefore, politically. On seeing Straub-Huillet’s Sicilia! for the first time, the Austrian writer and filmmaker Peter Handke exclaimed that it had “made me rediscover film, [has] shown me cinema again, made it explode in my heart as though for the very first time”. If these ten films have anything in common, it is this impact.

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