(in alphabetical order)
Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1966)
City Lights (Charles Chaplin, 1931)
Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, 1989)
Une Condamné à Mort s’est Echappé (Robert Bresson, 1956)
Day of Wrath (Carl Dreyer, 1943)
Parade (Jacques Tati, 1974)
The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-hsen, 1993)
Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
Tih Minh (Louis Feuillade, 1918)
Le Tunnel sous le Manche (George Méliès, 1907)
The basic idea here--obscured when the list is given alphabetically--was to pick one film per decade and, if possible, avoid some of the more obvious titles that have dominated previous ten-best lists, my own included (e.g., Gertrud, Ordet, Playtime, The Magnificent Ambersons).
But how could I have possibly left out Dovzhenko (Earth), Godard (Alphaville), Hawks (Rio Bravo), Mizoguchi (Story of the Late Chrysanthemums), Ozu (I Was Born, But...), Resnais (L'Annee Derniere a Marienbad), and Rivette (Out 1), among countless others? And, come to think of it, Kiarostami's Regularly or Irregularly may be even better in some ways than Close-Up.
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