Jorge García

El Amante-Cine

Argentina

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Broken Lullaby

1932

Ernst Lubitsch

Floating Clouds

1955

Naruse Mikio

Hatari!

1961

Howard Hawks

Maman et la putain, La

1973

Jean Eustache

Mortal Storm, The

1940

Frank Borzage

Notorious

1946

Alfred Hitchcock

Pierrot le Fou

1965

Jean-Luc Godard

Quince Tree Sun, The

1992

Víctor Erice

Red and the White, The

1967

Miklos Jancso

Sorrow and the Pity, The

1969

Marcel Ophüls

Comments

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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