Jorge García

El Amante-Cine


Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Broken Lullaby


Ernst Lubitsch

Floating Clouds


Naruse Mikio



Howard Hawks

Maman et la putain, La


Jean Eustache

Mortal Storm, The


Frank Borzage



Alfred Hitchcock

Pierrot le Fou


Jean-Luc Godard

Quince Tree Sun, The


Víctor Erice

Red and the White, The


Miklos Jancso

Sorrow and the Pity, The


Marcel Ophüls


Trying to evade the usual canons, I’m choosing ten films that, I believe, are not on the usual lists in these types of poll. I don’t know if they are the best of all time, probably not. But anyway, I think they are great films even if – except in some special cases - they don’t propose any esthetic revolution (I believe that there are very few revolutionary films in the history of cinema, from a formal point of view), they do have a special meaning in my cinephile life and in my work as a critic. I would take them with me to a desert island. At the beginning, I was tempted to make a list solely from the golden era American classics, but I finally decided to include films from different eras and countries. It may be surprising that I don’t include any contemporary films, but I believe that the passage of time determines whether a film endures. I am also sure that I wrote this list tomorrow the titles would possibly change, as I believe that there are dozens (or hundreds?) of pictures of similar quality and they are interchangeable with the ones on my list.

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