José Carlos Avellar

Critic, Escrever Cinema


Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Barren Lives


Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Battleship Potemkin


Sergei M Eisenstein

Entranced Earth


Glauber Rocha

Memories of Underdevelopment


Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

Oedipux Rex


Pier Paolo Pasolini

Passenger, The


Michelangelo Antonioni

Pierrot le Fou


Jean-Luc Godard



Alain Resnais

Travelling Players, The


Theodoros Angelopoulos

Twenty Years Later


Eduardo Coutinho


As we all know, the ten greatest films of all time are hundred, or more, or still more. We must see the list just like we see a film: with eyes wide open to see what is outside the frame as well as within it. Here and there, we see mostly, first, or only the out-of-frame image, an image that the one on the screen projects in our mind. Every ten years, the real rule of the game is to see the ‘out of the list’ films – thus the ‘ten greatest’ includes many others that we cannot take out of focus. In my list these are works by Bergman, Bertolucci, Bresson, Buñuel, Dreyer, Erice, Kluge, Loach, Losey, Mizoguchi, Murnau, Ozu, Tarkovski, Visconti, Welles... Let’s imagine the ten greatest as a single frame taken by chance in the middle of a travelling shot: the previous and the following frame of this moving picture show a different ten.

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