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With the BFI releasing its new Sight & Sound Top Ten poll this year, I thought I'd have a bit of fun and figure out what my ballot would be like. To keep it from being a straight top 10 and broaden it a little, I limited myself to one feature film per decade and one per director. Unsurprisingly, most of the titles are Criterions.
1. Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954)
2. Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu, 1949)
3. Sans soleil (Chris Marker, 1983)
4. Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967)
5. Man With a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
6. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975)
7. L'Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)
8. Intolerance (D.W. Griffith, 1916)
9. Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-dong, 2007)
10. Hélas pour moi (Jean-Luc Godard, 1993)
Oh, it hurts to leave off Vertigo, Paisà, and Last Year at Marienbad, to just name a few.