Fellini is my favorite director, and this brilliant movie is one of my inspirations.
Juliet of the Spirits
Haunting and magical. The way that Fellini dealt with Juliet’s dreams, subconscious, relationships, and the church—I had never seen anything like it.
I adore Jean-Luc Godard’s early films. Stylish, contemporary, and innovative, this is one of his best—and Brigitte Bardot, well!
Fanny and Alexander: Theatrical Version
I thought that this was one of Ingmar Bergman and cinematographer Sven Nykvist’s most beautiful and haunting films.
The Battle of Algiers
The first time I saw this film, it felt so real it was frightening. I watched it again recently, and it is an amazing piece of filmmaking, still relevant and possibly even more frightening.
This film is a comic delight. Sturges is a master. Veronica Lake is unforgettable.
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
I Know Where I’m Going!
I remember being thrilled by the way this film begins. Actually, the whole movie is charming. Michael Powell is one of the best.
Jules and Jim
My introduction to the French new wave. The way Truffaut dealt with relationships seemed so different. Jeanne Moreau is magical.
D. A. Pennebaker
Great documentaries happen when the filmmaker is lucky enough to be there at the rare moment in time when things are changing. Monterey Pop captures the music but also that innocent moment in the sixties.
David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin
A classic direct-cinema documentary drama made with ordinary people, it demonstrated for me, early on, that even without celebrities documentaries can be as compelling as any fiction film.
Michael Atkinson’s Top 10
Michael Atkinson writes film criticism for IFC.com, Sight & Sound, and Moving Image Source. His books include Exile Cinema: Filmmakers at Work Beyond Hollywood and the novel Hemingway Deadlights.
Marcel Dzama’s Top 10
The Winnipeg sculptor, painter, and collage artist Marcel Dzama’s eclectic choices for his top ten range from avant-garde underwater shorts (Painlevé) to noir (The Third Man) to New Wave (The Fire Within) to contemporary experimental (Guy Maddin).
Ramin Bahrani’s Top 10
Iranian-American writer and director Ramin Bahrani’s feature films include: Man Push Cart (2005), Chop Shop (2007), Goodbye Solo (2009), 99 Homes (2014), and Fahrenheit 451 (2018).