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Olivier Assayas Gives Criterion His Top Movies

Olivier Assayas Gives Criterion His Top Movies

One of our favorite directors, Olivier Assayas (“Summer Hours,” “Clouds of Sils Maria”) has a predictably eclectic Top Ten List, detailed at Criterion, which is actually a much longer list than ten. He offers American entries from Steven Soderbergh, Richard Linklater, Michael Mann, Robert Altman, Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach!

Have you seen them all? I’ve never seen the director’s cut of Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate,” the TV cut of Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander,” Sacha Guitry’s “Désiré” or “Judex” by Georges Franju. I will have to remedy that. 

1. “The Leopard” (Luchino Visconti)
2. “Pickpocket” (Robert Bresson)
(tie) “Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky)
(tie) “White Material” (Claire Denis)
(tie) “A Christmas Tale” (Arnaud Desplechin)
(tie) “Chungking Express” (Wong Kar-wai)
(tie)  “Dazed and Confused” (Richard Linklater)
(tie) “Frances Ha” (Noah Baumbach)
(tie) “Moonrise Kingdom” (Wes Anderson)
(tie) “Yi Yi” (Edward Yang)
4. “Nashville” (Robert Altman)
5. “Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino)
6. “Videodrome” (David Cronenberg)
7. “Che” (Steven Soderbergh)
8. “La dolce vita” (Federico Fellini)
(tie) “Army of Shadows” (Jean-Pierre Melville)
9. “Fanny and Alexander” — The Television Version (Ingmar Bergman)
(tie) “Topsy-Turvy” (Mike Leigh)

10. Désiré (Sacha Guitry)
(tie) “Judex” (Georges Franju)
11. “Rififi” (Jules Dassin)
(tie) “Thief” (Michael Mann)

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