Lucy Virgen

Mexican film critic, programmer and journalist; founding editor, The Thinking Eye; ex-artistic director, Guadalajara Film Festival

Mexico

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Stanley Kubrick

Amarcord

1972

Federico Fellini

Battleship Potemkin

1925

Sergei M Eisenstein

Double Life of Veronique, The

1991

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Godfather: Part II, The

1974

Francis Ford Coppola

Raging Bull

1980

Martin Scorsese

Tokyo Story

1953

Ozu Yasujirô

Tree of Life, The

2010

Terrence Malick

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Viridiana

1961

Luis Buñuel

Comments

Each and every one of these films changed the way that we watch movies, be it because of their technique, their themes or their treatment of a genre. They also represent a departure, began trends and embody many other films: the Double Life of Veronique, for instance, represents not just the whole Kieslowsky’s Dekalog and the Three Colours Trilogy but also all of Eastern Europe Cinema. All of these films are framed in a specific place and time yet are universal and timeless. Tokyo Story could be Mexico City Story, while Viridiana could take place in any location where religion is deeply rooted in everyday life.

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