Don Boyd

Twenty-One; My Kingdom

UK

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Stanley Kubrick

Atalante, L'

1934

Jean Vigo

Au Revoir les enfants

1987

Louis Malle

dolce vita, La

1960

Federico Fellini

eclisse, L'

1962

Michelangelo Antonioni

Gospel According to St Matthew, The

1964

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Hurt Locker

2008

Kathryn Bigelow

Persona

1966

Ingmar Bergman

Shoah

1985

Claude Lanzmann

Tokyo Story

1953

Ozu Yasujirô

Comments

These films in this tiny, inevitably inadequate list have all had a profound influence on my life and work. They demonstrate the powers available to and unleashed by great directors in control of the quintessential art-form of our age – powers evident in scores of other equally great movies. They stand out now and stand up today as an appropriate selection for this poll. Tomorrow my totally different selection would be as rich and as valid as the lists of everyone else who shares my love of cinema. It would still include films directed by Bergman, Fellini, Pasolini, Antonioni and Malle.

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