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.
Allison Anders’s Top 10
“Wow, this assignment kicked my ass in a glorious way!” said Anders. “As with everyone before me, picking just ten Criterion classics is too daunting; so you have to find a system that allows you to play a favorite game, all the while knowing t…
Sonic Youth’s Top 10
Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, and Steve Shelley ganged up for this Criterion top ten—or twelve, as it turned out. The New York–based no wavers have been making music together since 1981. Their albums include Daydream Na…
Ricky Jay’s Top 10
Author, actor, and historian Ricky Jay first worked with director David Mamet on House of Games. They have since collaborated often, including on seven films, the TV show The Unit, the one-man Broadway show Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants, and Redbel…
Keith Gordon’s Top 10
Filmmaker Keith Gordon has directed the features The Chocolate War (1988), A Midnight Clear (1992), Mother Night (1996), Waking the Dead (2000), and The Singing Detective (2003).