Brad Deane

Manager, film programmes, TIFF Cinematheque

Canada

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

A nos Amours

1983

Maurice Pialat

Beau Travail

1998

Claire Denis

Devil Probably, The

1977

Robert Bresson

Faces

1968

John Cassavetes

Johnny Guitar

1954

Nicholas Ray

Ludwig

1972

Luchino Visconti

Maman et la putain, La

1973

Jean Eustache

Marriage of Maria Braun, The

1979

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Rio Bravo

1958

Howard Hawks

Two or Three Things I Know About Her…

1967

Jean-Luc Godard

Comments

In an attempt to make this process easier I excluded silent films and experimental films, and only included each director once. Of course, this proved useless. In addition to missing Vertov, Gance, von Sternberg, Feuillade, Dovzhenko, Brakhage, Mekas, nine more films by Godard or Bresson, the ten spaces were not enough to include any films by Truffaut, Vigo, Rohmer, Rozier, Rivette, Rossellini, Marker, Mizoguchi, Jia, Tarkovsky or Tarr. But in the end, I somehow still feel comfortable claiming that the ten films I have chosen are the greatest.

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