TEN BEST FILMS OF THE 1920s

At this hour on this day, here in order of preference are my choices for the ten best films of the 1920s: 1. BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (Serge M. Eisenstein, U.S.S.R., 1925). One would never guess that Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein heralded from the stage. Thrilling and kinetic, his Battleship Potemkin is purely cinematic.      The film re-creates the […]

TEN BEST FILMS OF THE 1930s

Here, in order of preference, beginning with my favorite, are my choices today of the ten best films of the 1930s: 1. EARTH (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, U.S.S.R., 1930). Cinema’s “poet of the Ukraine,” Aleksandr Dovzhenko, made his lyrical silent Zemlya in response to Eisenstein’s The Old and the New (1929). Selfish peasants—kulaks—resist collectivization. Trying to hold […]

TEN BEST FILMS OF THE 1960s

For one of cinema’s three greatest decades (the others being the 1920s and 1950s), here are my selections this morning of the ten best films. They are given in order of preference, beginning with Italy’s highest cinematic achievement: 1. L’ECLISSE (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, France, 1962). Eclipse completes Michelangelo Antonioni’s towering black-and-white trilogy of modern alienation […]

TEN BEST FILMS OF THE 1970s

This Sunday morning, I find the following films to be the ten best of the 1970s, which I am giving in order of preference, beginning with my most favorite: 1. THE PASSENGER (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, France, Spain, 1975). Written by Mark Peploe, Peter Wollen and the director, Antonioni’s The Passenger, a baleful, delicately mournful mystery, […]