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Passion for Cinema

100 Great Movies

In my first lesson on cinema, some students asked me if I could recommend them great movies. I gave them few titles that I knew and immediately thought that I would have to prepare a longer list in case one day I would be asked the same question. Between 2019 and 2020, I have watched hundreds of films to better understand the cinema of a country, a genre, a movement, an actor or a director, and thus constitute a first list on which to draw my journey and shape my tastes in this ineluctably infinite and intense universe. There are many films that are poetic, philosophical, historical, deeply tragic, aesthetically pleasing, culturally significant, in short, masterpieces that impress and move the viewer, revealing the genius of their creators. Over time, this personal list will change, as would any collection, including new findings to be appreciated and discussed. Films, whether they are or not on a list, will always be an afternoon's pleasure, enlivening my passion and that of others for the seventh art.

51. Raise the Red Lantern (1991) – Zhang Yimou
52. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) – Sergio Leone

53. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) – Robert Mulligan

54. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) – John Frankenheimer

55. Le Trou (1960) – Jacques Becker
56. La Dolce Vita (1960) – Federico Fellini
57. Roma, Open City (1945) – Roberto Rossellini
58. Twelve Angry Men (1957) – Sidney Lumet
59. L’Atalante (1934) – Jean Vigo
60. Pather Panchali (1955) – Satyajit Ray
61. Battleship Potemkin (1925) – Sergei Eisenstein
62. Metropolis (1927) – Fritz Lang
63. Los Olvidados (1950) – Luis Buñuel
64. The Night of the Hunter (1955) – Charles Laughton
65. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) – Sergio Leone
66. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – David Lean
67. Cidade de Deus (2002) – Fernando Meirelles
68. Gran Torino (2008) – Clint Eastwood
69. Jackie Brown (1997) – Quentin Tarantino
70. Wall Street (1987) – Oliver Stone
71. Blue Velvet (1986) – David Lynch
72. Exotica (1994) – Atom Egoyan
73. Mean Streets (1976) – Martin Scorsese
74. Fargo (1996) – Ethan and Joel Cohen
75. El Laberinto del Fauno (2006) – Guillermo del Toro
76. La Mala Educación (2004) – Pedro Almodóvar
77. Jamón, Jamón (1992) – Bigas Luna
78. Clerks (1994) – Kevin Smith

79. Ordet (1955) – Carl Theodor Dreyer

80. Elmer Gantry (1960) – Richard Brooks

81. On the Waterfront (1954) – Ella Kazan
82. Du Rififi chez les Hommes (1955) – Jules Dassin

83. Schock Corridor (1963) – Samuel Fuller

84. Jeux Interdits (1952) – René Clément

85. The Servant (1963) – Joseph Losey

86. Visages Villages (2017) – Agnès Varda et JR
87. Machuca (2004) – Andrés Wood
88. Lugares Comunes (2002) – Adolfo Aristarain

89. 1917 (2019) – Sam Mendes

90. La Haine (1995) – Mathieu Kassovitz
91. The Dark Knight (2008) – Christopher Nolan
92. Gladiator (2000) – Ridley Scott
93. The Funeral (1996) – Abel Ferrara

94. The Elephant Man (1980) – David Lynch
95. Paris, Texas (1984) – Wim Wenders
96. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) – Woody Allen

97. Le Comte de Monte Cristo (1998) – Josée Dayan
98. Le Feu Follet (1963) – Louis Malle
99. Un Singe en Hiver (1962) – Henri Verneuil
100. A Night at the Opera (1935) – Sam Wood

1. The Conformist (1970) – Bernardo Bertolucci
2. The Godfather (1972) – Francis Ford Coppola
3. In the Mood for Love (2000) – Wong Kar-wai
4. The Scent of Green Papaya (1993) – Trần Anh Hùng 
5. Ulysses’ Gaze (1995) – Theo Angelopoulos
6. Pulp Fiction (1994) – Quentin Tarantino
7. The Remains of the Day (1993) – James Ivory 
8. Dead Poet Society (1989) – Peter Weir
9. Farewell My Concubine (1993) – Chen Kaige
10. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) – John Ford
11. Tokyo Story (1953) – Yasujiro Ozu
12. Vertigo (1958) – Alfred Hitchcock
13. Gloomy Sunday (1999) – Rolf Schübel
14. Vivre sa Vie (1962) – Jean-Luc Godard
15. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) – Alain Resnais
16. Ninotchka (1939) – Ernst Lubitsch
17. Mamma Roma (1962) – Pier Paolo Passolini
18. Bicycle Thieves (1948) – Vittorio De Sica
19. The Crowd (1928) – King Vidor    
20. The General (1926) – Buster Keaton
21. The Kid (1921) – Charles Chaplin
22. Rashomon (1950) – Akira Kurosawa
23. Les 400 Coups (1959) – François Truffaut 
24. Masculin Féminin (1966) – Jean-Luc Godard
25. La Grande Vadrouille (1966) – Gérard Oury
26. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) – Jean-Paul Rappeneau
27. El Ángel Exterminador (1962) – Luis Buñuel
28. Life is Beautiful (1997) – Roberto Benigni
29. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – Frank Capra
30. The Apartment (1960) – Billy Wilder
31. Touch of Evil (1958) – Orson Welles
32. Paths of Glory (1957) – Stanley Kubrick
33. Goodfellas (1990) – Martin Scorsese
34. Smoke (1995) – Wayne Wang
35. The Informer (1935) – John Ford
36. The Asphalt Jungle (1950) – John Huston
37. Wild Strawberries (1957) – Ingmar Bergman
38. Stalker (1979) – Andréi Tarkovski
39. Trois Couleurs : Rouge (1994) – Krzysztof Kieślowski
40. The Last Emperor (1987) – Bernardo Bertolucci  
41. Cinema Paradiso (1988) – Giuseppe Tornatore
42. To Live (1994) – Zhang Yimou
43. La Lengua de las Mariposas (1999) – José Luis Cuerda
44. Fresa y Chocolate (1993) – Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
45. El Espíritu de la Colmena (1973) – Victor Erice
46. The Pianist (2002) – Roman Polanski
47. Whiplash (2014) – Damien Chazelle
48. The Lives of Others (2006) – Donnersmarck
49. Seven Samurai (1954) – Akira Kurosawa         
50. Umberto D. (1952) – Vittorio De Sica

Posted: October 7th 2020

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Other Passions

Photographs & Paintings

Lists are an inventive method to structure one's thoughts or even to regroup one's favourites artworks. Besides my passion for films, I have carried on my lists by selecting great photographs and paintings that I consider personally relevant.

Posted: January 16th 2021

Great Paintings
1. Impression, soleil levant (1872) – Claude Monet
2. Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818) – Caspar David Friedrich
3. Le Moulin de la Galette (1876) – Pierre Auguste Renoir
4. Fort Vimieux (1831) – Joseph Mallord William Turner
5. El perro (1819-1823) – Francisco Goya
6. Le berger sous les arbres (1853) – Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
7. Terrace du café le soir (1888) – Vincent Van Gogh
8. Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window (1657) – Johannes Vermeer
9. Repasseuses (1884-1886) – Edgar Degas
10. Les Coquelicots (1873) – Claude Monet
11. Les Glaneuses (1857) – Jean-François Millet 
12. La Montagne Sainte-Victoire, vue de Bellevue (1885) – Paul Cézanne
13. Boulevard Montmartre, soleil après-midi (1897) – Camille Pissarro
14. Port de mer au soleil couchant (1639) – Claude Lorrain
15. The Hunters in the Snow (1565) – Pieter Bruegel the Elder
16. La Madeleine à la veilleuse (1640-1645) – Georges de La Tour
17. Snow Storm (1842) – Joseph Mallord William Turner
18. The Lady with a Fan (1768) – Alexander Roslin
19. Les bergers d’Arcadie (1638-1640) – Nicolas Poussin
20. Violín y uvas (1912) – Pablo Picasso
21. The School of Athens (1509-1511) – Raphael
22. Poet on a Mountaintop – Shen Zhou
23. L’empire des lumières (1954) – René Magritte
24. Bonaparte franchissant le Grand-Saint-Bernard (1801-1805) – David
25. The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (1601-1602) – Caravaggio 

 

Great Photographs
1. The Falling Man (2001) – Richard Drew
2. Chinstrap Penguins (2009) – Sebastiao Salgado
3. A Sunny Sunday Afternoon, Whitby, England (1974) – Ian Berry
4. Ranger with Tusks of Killed Elephant (2011) – Nick Brandt
5. The Kiss at the Hotel de Ville (1950) – Robert Doisneau
6. Tank Man (1989) – Jeff Widener
7. Lunch atop a Skyscraper (1932) – Unknown
8. Allende’s Last Stand (1973) – Luis Orlando Lagos
9. Mechanic and Stream Pump (1921) – Lewis Hine
10. Ingres’ Violin (1924) – Man Ray
11. USA California (1955) – Elliott Erwitt
12. Women are Heroes (2009) – JR
13. Exploration rationnelle des fonds sous-marins (2006) – Philippe Ramette
14. Migrant Mother, Niporno, California (1936) – Dorothea Lange
15. Cincinnati (1963) – Lee Friedlander
16. New York World’s Fair (1964) – Garry Winogrand
17. New York City (1940) – Helen Levitt
18. The Liberation of Buchenwald (1945) – Margaret Bourke-White
19. Earthrise (1968) – William Anders
20. Starving Child and Vurture (1993) – Kevin Carter
21. Romania (1968) – Josef Koudelka
22. The Red Flag on the Reichtag, Berlin (1945) – Yevgeny Khaldei
23. Portrait of Mother (1924) – Alexander Rodchenko
24. Cigar Aficionado (1988) – Matt Weber
25. Taxi, New York (1957) – Saul Leiter 

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