Alexander Jacoby

Lecturer in Japanese studies, Oxford Brookes University

UK

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Blind Chance

1981

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Canterbury Tale, A

1944

Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger

Home from the Hill

1959

Vincente Minnelli

It's a Wonderful Life

1947

Frank Capra

Kind Hearts and Coronets

1949

Robert Hamer

Man Escaped, A

1956

Robert Bresson

Ordet

1955

Carl Theodor Dreyer

Plaisir, Le

1951

Max Ophüls

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Sansho Dayu

1954

Mizoguchi Kenji

Comments

These are, simply, ten films that I find satisfying, complex and beautiful, and that in one way or another demonstrate the full aesthetic and emotional potential of cinema as a medium. I sorely regret the omission of Murnau and Ozu. No silent cinema at allto my shame. And I wish I could nominate a film from the last 30 years. But ten films is ten films.

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