Carlos Reviriego

Critic, El Cultural, Caiman, Cuadernos de cine

Spain

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

City Lights

1931

Charles Chaplin

Close-Up

1989

Abbas Kiarostami

Don't Look Back

1967

D.A. Pennebaker

Letter From an Unknown Woman

1948

Max Ophüls

Man with a Movie Camera

1929

Dziga Vertov

Ordet

1955

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Pierrot le Fou

1965

Jean-Luc Godard

Rio Bravo

1958

Howard Hawks

Thin Red Line, The

1998

Terrence Malick

Woman Under the Influence, A

1974

John Cassavetes

Comments

For me, these are not just films, they are epiphanies, or spiritual and intellectual revelations. They represent cinema as a deep experience. I have seen all of these ten films at least five times (some of them 15 times) and they always affected me as they did the first time (well, maybe not as much, but pretty close to). Their power remains untouchable over the years. Even if I watched them when I was 12, 25 or 37 years old (my age in 2012), I could relate to them every single time. And I believe they will still have the most impact on me when I reach my elder years. Of course, I lament the absence of film directors that should be considered among the greatest of all time –Hitchcock, Ford, Bresson, Rossellini, Ozu, Eastwood, Kubrick, Buñuel, Marker, Tarkovsky, Resnais, Antonioni, Scorsese – but none of their films have touched me as much as these ones did. I would have voted for Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinéma if I could have take the eight chapters as a group, but rules are rules, and anyway Godard’s pieces were intentionally made for television, not cinema. My only concession to a ‘minor’ filmmaker goes to Pennebakers’ Dont Look Back, which is my concesion to Bob Dylan, the greatest living artist on earth. And, as I said, this is a list of personal epiphanies, ten films that are treasure mementos of unbelievable joy and/or wonderment.

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