I’m running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet for the next few weeks. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. The fifth contribution in The Criterion Top 10 Series is from my great friend, Martin Bruckner. This list is extra special because Marty was such a huge inspiration in sending me down the Criterion rabbit hole. For several years, it was almost a competition between the two of us to see who could get to certain Criterion films first. And Marty is also the one who really pushed me into creating this site. In addition to all of that, Marty is the best artist that I know. His current creative passion is Creatureland Studio, a venture in which he takes children’s drawings and turns them into tremendous hand-crafted interpretations for the child to put on their wall. You can find him on Twitter @CreatureLStudio. Continue reading
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It’s time yet again for my favorite feature at TDYLF- my annual list of the 50 greatest French films of all-time. One aspect I’m starting to really enjoy about this list is how organic it is. Each year, movies rise and fall thanks to re-watches, exposure to new films, and new insights. Keeping and maintaining this list throughout the year also serves an important function for me. It motivates me to continue learning, and grow as a French film enthusiast. A few notes before we get started:
- I am not an authority on this. I’m just a Francophile with a Blu-ray player, Netflix and Facets subscriptions, and a love of movies.
- As much as I try, I am not a completist. There are a lot of films I simply haven’t seen. I’ve done my best to make it as comprehensive as I could but there’s always room to see more. There are still some relatively glaring omissions. Please feel free to recommend others, as I am always on the lookout to improve this list. It’s a labor of love for me.
- There is obviously a lot of personal preference involved. However, I’ve given a lot of weight to objective aspects like a film’s influence, importance, creativity, and how much they embody the spirit of French cinema and history.
- To qualify, the film has to be a French language film. There are non-French directors on this list but every movie is a French language film.
With that out of the way, I present to you the 50 greatest French films of all-time: Continue reading