Antonio Rodrigues

Programmer, Cinemateca Portuguesa

Portugal

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Angel

1937

Ernst Lubitsch

Birth of a Nation, The

1915

D.W. Griffith

Greed

1925

Erich von Stroheim

Hawks and Sparrows

1966

Pier Paolo Pasolini

I, a Negro

1959

Jean Rouch

M

1931

Fritz Lang

mépris, Le

1963

Jean-Luc Godard

Music Room, The

1958

Satyajit Ray

Rear Window

1954

Alfred Hitchcock

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Comments

This is a list of ten examples of the greatest films of all time: they are very dense cinematographic objects, absolutely perfect or absolutely new from a formal point of view. And, naturally, they touch us emotionally. Absolutely perfect: Angel (the use of on and offscreen space); Rear Window (the perfect metaphor of the relationship between spectator and cinema); Jalsaghar (its sheer beauty); M (the incredibly intelligent use of the a new medium – sound); The Birth of a Nation (yes, it is racist, but it is also a masterpiece of mise en scène); Greed (the silent period was a golden age). Absolutely new: Le Mépris (every great film is also a film about cinema, but this one is only about cinema); La règle du jeu (a non-masterpiece, open to a hundred different analyses); Moi, un noir (the camera itself has a new function).

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