Agnieszka Holland

Europa Europa; In Darkness

Poland

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Barry Lyndon

1975

Stanley Kubrick

Diamonds of the Night

1964

Jan Nemec

Fanny and Alexander

1984

Ingmar Bergman

Hidden

2004

Michael Haneke

Marketa Lazarová

1967

Frantisek Vlácil

Mirror

1974

Andrei Tarkovsky

Odd Man Out

1947

Carol Reed

Reine Margot, La

1994

Patrice Chereau

There Will Be Blood

2007

Paul Thomas Anderson

Throne of Blood

1957

Akira Kurosawa

Comments

It‘s really unjust to quote only ten! Maybe I could add in some way Fellini's 8½ and Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly… Diamonds of the Night is artistically the most powerful film about the Shoah, in my opinion, and probably the most cinematic translation of this nightmare. I watch this film and show it to my crew every time I start to prep a film. The Haneke tells more about modern society than tons of documentaries. Marketa Lazarová is, with Andrei Rublev, the most creative journey into the past. Watching those two movies, I have the impression that all this is constantly present. Throne of Blood is the best Shakespeare adaptation – and in general the best adaptation of great literature.

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