Film: The Critics' Choice

From the book of the same name, published in 2001. The book is introduced in a foreword by Bernardo Bertolucci. There are ten chapters, each with fifteen choices selected by the critics writing those particular chapters.

The Silent Era - David Bordwell
America: The Studio Years - David Thomson
America: Years of Change - Philip French
America: The Modern Era - Amy Taubin and Kent Jones
Europe: The Golden Age - Gilbert Adair
Europe: New Waves - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Europe: A New Fin de siècle - Jonathan Romney
British Cinema - Peter Wollen
International Cinema - Tony Rayns
The Art of the Impossible - Paul Wells

While this list is far too stilted in favor of Western cinema, there are some less than obvious choices, and the book takes care to mention other works by each director.

  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • Ingeborg Holm
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Les Vampires
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Nosferatu
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • The Gold Rush
  • Lady Windermere's Fan
  • The General
  • Metropolis
  • The End of St. Petersburg
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • I Was Born, But...
  • Morocco
  • King Kong
  • The Awful Truth
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • His Girl Friday
  • Citizen Kane
  • Ministry of Fear
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Rear Window
  • East of Eden
  • Man of the West
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • Psycho
  • The Hustler
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Five Easy Pieces
  • The Last Picture Show
  • The Godfather
  • Mean Streets
  • Jaws
  • Nashville
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • Annie Hall
  • Star Wars
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Raging Bull
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Videodrome
  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • Aliens
  • Blue Velvet
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • My Own Private Idaho
  • Thelma & Louise
  • Clerks
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Safe
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • M
  • Vampyr
  • Night at the Crossroads
  • The Story of a Cheat
  • By the Bluest of Seas
  • Aniki-Bóbó
  • Blind Venus
  • Rome, Open City
  • Children of Paradise
  • The Earrings of Madame de...
  • Bob le Flambeur
  • Pickpocket
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Viridiana
  • The Enchanted Desna
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • Chronicle of a Summer
  • Shoot the Piano Player
  • The Good Girls
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • L'Eclisse
  • Before the Revolution
  • Alphaville
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • Daisies
  • Theorem
  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism
  • Red Psalm
  • Céline and Julie Go Boating
  • Perceval
  • The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
  • The Travelling Players
  • Stalker
  • Godard's Passion
  • Three Crowns of the Sailor
  • The Green Ray
  • Recollections of the Yellow House
  • No, or the Vain Glory of Command
  • Europa
  • The Quince Tree Sun