Ten top films in the history of cinema

From silent films to the great Hollywood studios, from classicism to experimental cinema, from Méliès to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Magnolia’ or from C. B. De Mille to Steven Spielberg, we could probably conclude that the world of cinema has gone through more changes than 20th century literature. Fast changes. The following selection is completely available thanks to DVDs, yet another change in cinema.





This melodrama requires command of the dramatic continuum, the use of laws for emotional identification, the virtuosity in both the secret musicality and interior rhythms: in Gertrud, Dreyer elevates the main character to metaphysical heights. A dialogue-based movie, in the last scene the dialogue stops and, when the main character closes the door and waves, the invisible clock that has been ticking during the whole movie –time is concealed– it is no longer heard but instead death is knocking on the door.

Video with scenes from the film and commentary by the film critic Richard Brody.