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If I Had a Sight & Sound Film Ballot: My Top 10 Films of All Time

by Chuck Williamson
If I Had a Sight & Sound Film Ballot: My Top 10 Films of All Time by Chuck Williamson
Now that all the brouhaha over Sight & Sound’s critics poll has died down, I might as well stumble into the party late with toilet paper on my shoe. Bemoan the canonization process all you want, but personal top tens are serious business. It’s not like I just arbitrarily pulled ten names out of a hat while marathoning episodes of RU PAUL’S DRAG RACE. I mean, come on. I’m a professional.* 1. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Dreyer, 1928) 2. LA JETEE (Marker, 1962) 3. BIGGER THAN LIFE (Ray, 1956) 4. THE CROWD (Vidor, 1928) 5. THE NEW WORLD (Malick, 2005) 6. PANDORA’S BOX (Pabst, 1929) 7. INLAND EMPIRE (Lynch, 2006) 8. MENILMONTANT (Kirsanoff,… Read more


Now that all the brouhaha over Sight & Sound’s critics poll has died down, I might as well stumble into the party late with toilet paper on my shoe. Bemoan the canonization process all you want, but personal top tens are serious business. It’s not like I just arbitrarily pulled ten names out of a hat while marathoning episodes of RU PAUL’S DRAG RACE. I mean, come on. I’m a professional.*

1. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Dreyer, 1928)
2. LA JETEE (Marker, 1962)
3. BIGGER THAN LIFE (Ray, 1956)
4. THE CROWD (Vidor, 1928)
5. THE NEW WORLD (Malick, 2005)
6. PANDORA’S BOX (Pabst, 1929)
7. INLAND EMPIRE (Lynch, 2006)
8. MENILMONTANT (Kirsanoff, 1926)
9. FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES (Matsumoto, 1969)
10. THE SCARLET EMPRESS (von Sternberg, 1934)

*Please note: I am not a professional.

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