Cyrus Frisch

Cyrus Frisch

Dazzle; Forgive Me
Voted in the directors poll

Voted for:

Avatar 2009 James Cameron
Dancer in the Dark 2000 Lars von Trier
E.T. 1982 Steven Spielberg
Harold and Maude 1971 Hal Ashby
Inconvenient Truth, An 2006 Davis Guggenheim
Inglourious Basterds 2009 Quentin Tarantino
Network 1976 Sidney Lumet
Rang De Basanti 2005 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Rosetta 1999 Jean-Pierre Dardenne/Luc Dardenne
Short Film About Killing, A 1987 Krzysztof Kieslowski

Please note: while the majority of Top Ten submissions specified no order of ranking, for technical reasons it has been temporarily necessary to alphabetise all lists, overriding any other designated ordering. Apologies for any upset caused!


Rang De Basanti: Corruption became the subject of fierce debate in India after the major success of this film among youngsters.

Dancer in the Dark: A superbly imaginative film that leaves conformity in shambles.

Network: Even Berlusconi might have learned a few things about the power of the media watching this film.

An Inconvenient Truth: A few years after this film was made, global industry has become more aware of its impact on nature.

Avatar: This film shows humanity what we have to lose if we keep acting like bad guys. (But please, James Cameron, try to make less expensive films. One percent of the budget of your next film could give a boost to the economy of a country like Malawi, or save Tuvalu from drowning.)

E.T.: After seeing this film, the unknown does not have to be a frightening experience anymore.

Harold and Maude: An encouragement to think beyond the obvious!

Inglourious Basterds: After changing history, the next logical thing to do for Tarantino is to change the future.

A Short Film About Killing: In Poland, this film was instrumental in the abolition of the death penalty.

Rosetta: In Belgium, the film inspired a new law prohibiting employers from paying teen workers less than the minimum wage.