Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins

Voted in the critics poll

Voted for:

Apartment, The 1960 Billy Wilder
Come And See 1985 Elem Klimov
Distant Voices, Still Lives 1988 Terence Davies
Eureka 1974 Nicolas Roeg
House is Black, The 1962 Forough Farrokhzad
Insect Woman, The 1963 Imamura Shohei
Kaagaz Ke Phool 1959 Guru Dutt
Maman et la putain, La 1973 Jean Eustache
Minamata: The Victims and their World 1972 Tsuchimoto Noriaki
Moment of Innocence, A 1995 Mohsen Makhmalbaf


I bang on about film aesthetics, about formal innovation, and yet in my list of ten films, what do I see? People rather than style. Lonely, resilient people. Even Jack Lemmon in The Apartment is lonely. Taken together, my first five choices could teach much of what there is to know about film style, but look at the last three: black-and-white heartbreakers. A Moment of Innocence is very funny.