James Naremore

Chancellors’ Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

US

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Age d'Or, L'

1930

Luis Buñuel

Man with a Movie Camera

1929

Dziga Vertov

nuit du carrefour, La

1932

Jean Renoir

Rear Window

1954

Alfred Hitchcock

Sunrise

1927

F. W. Murnau

To Sleep with Anger

1990

Charles Burnett

Touch of Evil

1958

Orson Welles

Trouble in Paradise

1932

Ernst Lubitsch

Variety

1983

Bette Gordon

Wanda

1970

Barbara Loden

Comments

No Hawks, no Godard, no Chaplin or Keaton; no Lang, Ford, Sternberg or Tourneur; no Griffith, Costa or Kiarostami; no Latin American and no Asian; nothing before 1927 and nothing after 1983. I agonised about my choices and competing agendas and felt that whatever I picked would seem inadequate. I’m honored to participate in this important survey, which I very much support, but I have a suggestion you’ve probably heard before: given that cinema is much older and more various than when Sight & Sound began compiling votes for ten films, wouldn’t it make sense to expand the voting to 20? You could still publish the top ten but there would be a larger pool of candidates.

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