Lee Marshall

Film critic

Italy

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Atalante, L'

1934

Jean Vigo

Avventura, L'

1960

Michelangelo Antonioni

Badlands

1973

Terrence Malick

Lady Eve, The

1941

Preston Sturges

Letter From an Unknown Woman

1948

Max Ophüls

My Neighbour Totoro

1988

Miyazaki Hayao

Night of the Hunter, The

1955

Charles Laughton

Performance

1970

Donald Cammell/Nicolas Roeg

Touch of Evil

1958

Orson Welles

Wild Strawberries

1957

Ingmar Bergman

Comments

I suppose mystery is the unifying factor in my list: the sense that certain great films have the power to suggest spiritual and atavistic depths behind the surface of sound and vision that is cinema’s medium, questioning the assumption that film represents material reality. They are all also, in one sense, films about dreams and yearning – even a sophisticated comedy like The Lady Eve, in which shapeshifting becomes a way out of a shabby, cash-strapped existence.

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