How the directors and critics voted

Olivier Assayas

Top Ten

  1. Andrei Roublev (Tarkovsky)
  2. L'Argent (Bresson)
  3. La dolce vita (Fellini)
  4. In Girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (Debord)
  5. Ludwig (Visconti)
  6. A Man Escaped (Bresson)
  7. Mirror (Tarkovsky)
  8. Ordet (Dreyer)
  9. Playtime (Tati)
  10. Scenes from a Marriage (Bergman)


I did it instinctively, putting down the names as they came to me, then boiling them down to ten, making cabbalistic adjustments I couldn't begin to explain, let alone justify. The embarrassing result is that there isn't a single American film even though I've seen more American movies I've admired than I can remember, and there isn't a single Asian film even though I consider Mizoguchi, Ozu and Hou Hsiao-hsien to be among the greatest film-makers of any time in any culture.

Last Updated: 03 Aug 2011