Edward Buscombe



Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Avventura, L'


Michelangelo Antonioni

Citizen Kane


Orson Welles



Alfred Hitchcock

Règle du jeu, La


Jean Renoir

Rio Bravo


Howard Hawks

Searchers, The


John Ford

Singin' in the Rain


Stanley Donen/Gene Kelly

Tokyo Story


Ozu Yasujirô

Ugetsu Monogatari


Mizoguchi Kenji

Wild Bunch, The


Sam Peckinpah


We are all auteurists now, even those who tried to fight against it. So picking ten film titles is for me only a way of picking ten directors. Most of these films could have been substituted by other titles from the director’s oeuvre; thus instead of Psycho, it might have been Vertigo, Rear Window or North by Northwest. In choosing just ten directors, I feel guilt at leaving out so many who have given me so much pleasure: Buñuel, Chabrol, Coppola, Cukor, Kubrick, Malick, Minnelli, Wilder. The list could go on and on. There’s one exception that proves the rule; I don’t think Stanley Donen is one of the best ten directors there has ever been. But Singin’ in the Rain is so astonishing that it forced out The Bandwagon or An American in Paris. There are no new films here. The older one gets the less one is buffeted by the winds of fashion; or am I just a stick-in-the-mud? Well, I’ll stand by these titles. Age cannot wither them.

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