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Cahiers du Cinéma
Editor Stéphane Delorme
Categories Film magazine
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Phaidon Press[1]
First issue 1951
Country France
Based in Paris
Language French
Website www.cahiersducinema.com
ISSN 0008-011X

Cahiers du Cinéma (French pronunciation: ​[kaje dy sinema], Notebooks on Cinema) is a French language film magazine founded in 1951 by André Bazin, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Joseph-Marie Lo Duca.[1][2] It developed from the earlier magazine Revue du Cinéma (Review of the Cinema established in 1928) involving members of two Paris film clubs—Objectif 49 (Objective 49) (Robert Bresson, Jean Cocteau and Alexandre Astruc, among others) and Ciné-Club du Quartier Latin (Cinema Club of the Latin Quarter). Initially edited by Doniol-Valcroze and, after 1957, by Éric Rohmer (Maurice Scherer), it included amongst its writers Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and François Truffaut.[1]

History and profile[edit]

Cahiers re-invented the basic tenets of film criticism and theory. A 1954 article by Truffaut attacked La qualité française ("the French Quality") (usually translated as "The Tradition of Quality") and was the manifesto for 'la politique des Auteurs'[2] which Andrew Sarris later termed the auteur theory — resulting in the re-evaluation of Hollywood films and directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Robert Aldrich, Nicholas Ray, and Fritz Lang. Cahiers du Cinema authors also championed the work of directors Jean Renoir, Roberto Rossellini, Kenji Mizoguchi, Max Ophüls, and Jean Cocteau, by centering their critical evaluations on a film's mise en scène. In turn, auteurs were compared and contrasted, and a true film dialogue[citation needed] was established. The magazine also was essential to the creation of the Nouvelle Vague, or New Wave, of French cinema, which centered on films directed by Cahiers authors such as Godard and Truffaut. Movement by movement, style by style, the cahiers sought to advance and analyze the growth of world cinema.

Jacques Rivette replaced Rohmer as editor in 1963, shifted political and social concerns and paid more attention to the non-Hollywood cinema. The style moved through literary modernism in the early 1960s to radicalism and dialectical materialism by 1970. Moreover, during the mid-1970s the magazine was run by a Maoist editorial collective. In the mid-1970s, a review of the American movie Jaws marked the magazine's return to more commercial perspectives, and an editorial turnover: (Serge Daney, Serge Toubiana, Thierry Jousse, Antoine de Baecque and Charles Tesson). It led to the rehabilitation of some of the old Cahiers favourites, as well as some new film makers like Manoel de Oliveira, Raoul Ruiz, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Youssef Chahine, and Maurice Pialat. Recent writers have included Serge Daney, Serge Toubiana, Thierry Jousse, Antoine de Baecque, Vincent Ostria, Charles Tesson and André Téchiné, Léos Carax, Olivier Assayas, Danièle Dubroux, and Serge Le Péron.

In 1998, the Editions de l'Etoile (the company publishing Cahiers) was acquired by the press group Le Monde.[3] Traditionally losing money, the magazine attempted a make-over in 1999 to gain new readers, leading to a first split among writers and resulting in a magazine addressing all visual arts in a post-modernist approach. This version of the magazine printed ill-received opinion pieces on reality TV or video games that confused the traditional readership of the magazine.[1][2]

Le Monde took full editorial control of the magazine in 2003, appointing Jean-Michel Frodon as editor-in-chief.

In February 2009, Cahiers was acquired from Le Monde by Richard Schlagman, also owner of Phaidon Press, a worldwide publishing group which specialises in books on the visual arts.[1] In July 2009, Stéphane Delorme and Jean-Philippe Tessé have been promoted respectively as editor-in-chief and deputy chief editor.

Film top 10s[edit]

The following is a list of the Top 10 films chosen annually by the critics of Cahiers du Cinéma.

1950s[edit]

1951
# Film Director Country
1. The River Jean Renoir  France
2. Diary of a Country Priest Robert Bresson  France
3. Miracle in Milan Vittorio de Sica  Italy
4. Los Olvidados Luis Buñuel  Mexico
5. All About Eve Joseph L. Mankiewicz  United States
6. Miss Julie Alf Sjöberg  Sweden
7. Story of a Love Affair Michelangelo Antonioni  Italy
8. Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder  United States
9. Edward and Caroline Jacques Becker  France
10. The Flowers of St. Francis Roberto Rossellini  Italy
1955
# Film Director Country
1. Voyage to Italy Roberto Rossellini  Italy
2. Ordet Carl Theodor Dreyer  Denmark
3. The Big Knife Robert Aldrich  United States
4. Lola Montès Max Ophüls  France
5. Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock  United States
6. Bad Liaisons Alexandre Astruc  France
7. La Strada Federico Fellini  Italy
8. The Barefoot Contessa Joseph L. Mankiewicz  United States
9. Johnny Guitar Nicholas Ray  United States
10. Kiss Me Deadly Robert Aldrich  United States
1956
# Film Director Country
1. A Man Escaped Robert Bresson  France
2. Elena and Her Men Jean Renoir  France
3. Rebel Without a Cause Nicholas Ray  United States
4. Confidential Report Orson Welles  United States
5. Senso Luchino Visconti  Italy
6. Smiles of a Summer Night Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
7. Il bidone Federico Fellini  Italy
8. L'Amore Roberto Rossellini  Italy
9. Picnic Joshua Logan  United States
10. Fear Roberto Rossellini  Italy
1957
# Film Director Country
1. A King in New York Charlie Chaplin  United States
2. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Frank Tashlin  United States
3. Nights of Cabiria Federico Fellini  Italy
4. The Wrong Man Alfred Hitchcock  United States
5. The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz Luis Buñuel  Mexico
6. Sawdust and Tinsel Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
7. Bigger Than Life Nicholas Ray  United States
8. The Girl Can't Help It Frank Tashlin  United States
9. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Fritz Lang  United States
10. 12 Angry Men Sidney Lumet  United States
1958
# Film Director Country
1. Touch of Evil Orson Welles  United States
2. The Seventh Seal Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
3. White Nights Luchino Visconti  Italy
4. Il Grido Michelangelo Antonioni  Italy
5. Bonjour Tristesse Otto Preminger  United Kingdom
 United States
6. Journey into Autumn Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
7. One Life Alexandre Astruc  France
8. Mon Oncle Jacques Tati  France
9. The Quiet American Joseph L. Mankiewicz  United States
10. Summer Interlude Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
1959
# Film Director Country
1. Ugetsu Monogatari Kenji Mizoguchi  Japan
2. Hiroshima mon Amour Alain Resnais  France
3. Ivan the Terrible Sergei Eisenstein  Soviet Union
4. Pickpocket Robert Bresson  France
5. The 400 Blows François Truffaut  France
6. Rio Bravo Howard Hawks  United States
7. Wild Strawberries Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
8. Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock  United States
9. Princess Yang Kwei Fei Kenji Mizoguchi  Japan
10. The Tiger of Eschnapur Fritz Lang  West Germany

1960s[edit]

1960
# Film Director Country
1. Sansho the Bailiff Kenji Mizoguchi  Japan
2. L'Avventura Michelangelo Antonioni  Italy
3. Breathless Jean-Luc Godard  France
4. Rocco and His Brothers Luchino Visconti  Italy
5. Shin Heike Monogatari Kenji Mizoguchi  Japan
6. At Great Cost Mark Donskoy  Soviet Union
7. La Notte Michelangelo Antonioni  Italy
8. Last Year at Marienbad Alain Resnais  France
9. Elmer Gantry Richard Brooks  United States
10. Two Rode Together John Ford  United States
1962
# Film Director Country
1. My Life to Live Jean-Luc Godard  France
2. Jules and Jim François Truffaut  France
3. Hatari! Howard Hawks  United States
4. Viridiana Luis Buñuel  Mexico
5. Le Signe du Lion Éric Rohmer  France
6. Wild River Elia Kazan  United States
7. The Trial Orson Welles  United States
8. Through a Glass Darkly Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
9. The Elusive Corporal Jean Renoir  France
10. Vanina Vanini Roberto Rossellini  Italy
1963
# Film Director Country
1. Contempt Jean-Luc Godard  France
2. The Birds Alfred Hitchcock  United States
3. The Exterminating Angel Luis Buñuel  Mexico
4. Adieu Philippine Jacques Rozier  France
5. The Trial of Joan of Arc Robert Bresson  France
6. Muriel Alain Resnais  France
7. The Nutty Professor Jerry Lewis  United States
8. The Carabineers Jean-Luc Godard  France
9. Salvatore Giuliano Francesco Rosi  Italy
10. Federico Fellini  Italy
1964
# Film Director Country
1. Band of Outsiders Jean-Luc Godard  France
2. Gertrud Carl Theodor Dreyer  Denmark
3. Marnie Alfred Hitchcock  United States
4. A Married Woman Jean-Luc Godard  France
5. Man's Favourite Sport? Howard Hawks  United States
6. Red Desert Michelangelo Antonioni  Italy
7. America, America Elia Kazan  United States
8. The Silence Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
9. Now About These Women Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
10. The Servant Joseph Losey  United Kingdom
1965
# Film Director Country
1. Pierrot le Fou Jean-Luc Godard  France
2. Sandra Luchino Visconti  Italy
3. Winter Light Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
4. Six in Paris: "Gare du Nord" segment Jean Rouch  France
5. Alphaville Jean-Luc Godard  France
6. Lilith Robert Rossen  United States
7. Shock Corridor Sam Fuller  United States
8. The Family Jewels Jerry Lewis  United States
9. The Gospel According to St. Matthew Pier Paolo Pasolini  Italy
10. Le Bonheur Agnès Varda  France
1966
# Film Director Country
1. Au Hasard Balthazar Robert Bresson  France
2. Walkover Jerzy Skolimowski  Poland
3. Not Reconciled Jean-Marie Straub  West Germany
4. Masculin Féminin Jean-Luc Godard  France
5. The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short André Delvaux  Belgium
6. Seven Women John Ford  United States
7. The Taking of Power by Louis XIV Roberto Rossellini  Italy
8. Torn Curtain Alfred Hitchcock  United States
9. Red Line 7000 Howard Hawks  United States
10. Fists in the Pocket Marco Bellochio  Italy
1967
# Film Director Country
1. Persona Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
2. Belle de Jour Luis Buñuel  France
3. Weekend Jean-Luc Godard  France
4. The Lion Hunters Jean Rouch  France
5. Playtime Jacques Tati  France
6. The Big Mouth Jerry Lewis  United States
7. Daisies Vera Chytilova  Czechoslovakia
The Nun Jacques Rivette  France
9. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her Jean-Luc Godard  France
10. La Chinoise Jean-Luc Godard  France
1968
# Film Director Country
1. The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet  West Germany
2. Before the Revolution Bernardo Bertolucci  Italy
3. The Edge Robert Kramer  United States
4. Spirits of the Dead: "Toby Dammit" segment Federico Fellini  Italy
5. Don't Let it Kill You Jean-Pierre Lefebvre  Canada
6. The Times That Are Pierre Perrault  Canada
7. Barrier Jerzy Skolimowski  Poland
8. Stolen Kisses François Truffaut  France
9. Ride in the Whirlwind Monte Hellman  United States
10. The Bride Wore Black François Truffaut  France
Les Contrebandières Luc Moullet  France

1970s[edit]

No lists

1980s[edit]

1981
# Film Director Country
1. The Aviator's Wife Éric Rohmer  France
Francisca Manoel de Oliveira  Portugal
3. Hotel America André Téchiné  France
Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man Bernardo Bertolucci  Italy
5. Germany, Pale Mother Helma Sanders-Brahms  West Germany
The Woman Next Door François Truffaut  France
7. Stalker Andrei Tarkovsky  Soviet Union
8. The Music Room Satyajit Ray  India
Raging Bull Martin Scorsese  United States
10. Gloria John Cassavetes  United States
In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni Guy Debord  France
Palermo or Wolfsburg Werner Schroeter  West Germany
The Wings of the Dove Benoît Jacquot  France
1982
# Film Director Country
1. A Room in Town Jacques Demy  France
2. Moonlighting Jerzy Skolimowski  United Kingdom
Passion Jean-Luc Godard  France
4. White Dog Sam Fuller  United States
5. The Color of Pomegranates Sergei Parajanov  Soviet Union
Identification of a Woman Michaelangelo Antonioni  Italy
Le Pont du Nord Jacques Rivette  France
8. Parsifal Hans-Jürgen Syberberg  West Germany
9. Three Crowns of the Sailor Raúl Ruiz  France
10. Le Beau Mariage Éric Rohmer  France
1983
# Film Director Country
1. À Nos Amours Maurice Pialat  France
L'Argent Robert Bresson  France
3. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Nagisa Oshima  United Kingdom
 Japan
Un jeu Brutal Jean-Claude Brisseau  France
5. The King of Comedy Martin Scorsese  United States
Pauline at the Beach Éric Rohmer  France
7. L'Enfant Secret Philippe Garrel  France
Faux-Fuyants Alain Bergala & Jean-Pierre Limosin  France
Three Crowns of the Sailor Raúl Ruiz  France
10. Cracking Up Jerry Lewis  United States
Fanny And Alexander Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
1984
# Film Director Country
1. Full Moon in Paris Éric Rohmer  France
2. Class Relations Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet  West Germany
3. Biquefarre Georges Rouquier  France
First Name: Carmen Jean-Luc Godard  France
Liberté, la nuit Philippe Garrel  France
6. Rumble Fish Francis Ford Coppola  United States
7. And the Ship Sails On Federico Fellini  Italy
Paris, Texas Wim Wenders  West Germany
The Right Stuff Philip Kaufman  United States
10. Once Upon a Time in America Sergio Leone  Italy
 United States
1985
# Film Director Country
1. Hail Mary Jean-Luc Godard  France
2. Détective Jean-Luc Godard  France
3. Year of the Dragon Michael Cimino  United States
4. After the Rehearsal Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
5. Love Streams John Cassavetes  United States
6. The Home and the World Satyajit Ray  India
7. Les Amants terribles Danièle Dubroux  France
8. The Children Marguerite Duras  France
9. Ran Akira Kurosawa  Japan
10. Favorites of the Moon Otar Iosseliani  France
Rendez-vous André Téchiné  France
1986
# Film Director Country
1. The Green Ray Éric Rohmer  France
2. Legend of Suram Fortress Sergei Parajanov  Soviet Union
The Sacrifice Andrei Tarkovsky  Soviet Union
4. Double Messieurs Jean-Francois Stevenin  France
5. Bad Blood Leos Carax  France
Maine-Ocean Jacques Rozier  France
7. Thérèse Alain Cavalier  France
8. Scene of the Crime André Téchiné  France
9. After Hours Martin Scorsese  United States
Alpine Fire Fredi M. Murer   Switzerland
Disorder Olivier Assayas  France
Gardien de la nuit Jean-Pierre Limosin  France
Rise and Fall of a Small Cinema Company Jean-Luc Godard  France
1987
# Film Director Country
1. Under the Sun of Satan Maurice Pialat  France
2. The Death of Empedocles Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet  West Germany
Intervista Federico Fellini  Italy
Wings Of Desire Wim Wenders  West Germany
5. The Last Emperor Bernardo Bertolucci  China
 United Kingdom
 Italy
6. Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle Éric Rohmer  France
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick  United Kingdom
 United States
Yeelen Souleymane Cissé  Mali
9. The Mass Is Ended Nanni Moretti  Italy
10. Blue Velvet David Lynch  United States
The Color of Money Martin Scorsese  United States
King Lear Jean-Luc Godard  United States
Um Adeus Português João Botelho  Portugal
Wedding in Galilee Michel Khleifi  Palestine
1988
# Film Director Country
1. A Short Film About Killing Krzysztof Kieślowski  Poland
2. The Unbearable Lightness of Being Philip Kaufman  United States
3. The Dead John Huston  United States
4. Urgences Raymond Depardon  France
5. Bird Clint Eastwood  Belgium
6. Landscape in the Mist Theo Angelopoulos  Greece
7. De bruit et de fureur Jean-Claude Brisseau  France
8. The Last Temptation of Christ Martin Scorsese  United States
9. Les Innocents André Téchiné  France
10. Story of Women Claude Chabrol  France
1989
# Film Director Country
1. Do the Right Thing Spike Lee  United States
Red Wood Pigeon Nanni Moretti  Italy
3. Gang of Four Jacques Rivette  France
Dead Ringers David Cronenberg  Canada
5. The Cannibals Manoel de Oliveira  Portugal
Yaaba Idrissa Ouedraogo  Burkina Faso
7. Black Rain Shohei Imamura  Japan
Thick Skinned Patricia Mazuy  France
Little Vera Vasili Pichul  Soviet Union
10. The Accidental Tourist Lawrence Kasdan  United States
I Want to Go Home Alain Resnais  France
Time of the Gypsies Emir Kusturica  Yugoslavia

1990s[edit]

1990
# Film Director Country
1. Freeze Die Come to Life Vitali Kanevsky  Soviet Union
The Little Gangster Jacques Doillon  France
3. Goodfellas Martin Scorsese  United States
Nouvelle Vauge Jean-Luc Godard  France
5. Alexandria Again and Forever Youssef Chahine  Egypt
Meghe Dhaka Tara Ritwik Ghatak  India
No, or the Vain Glory of Command Manoel de Oliveira  Portugal
8. Crimes and Misdemeanors Woody Allen  United States
La Désenchantée Benoît Jacquot  France
Dreams Akira Kurosawa  Japan
1991
# Film Director Country
Van Gogh Maurice Pialat  France
2. Miller's Crossing Coen brothers  United States
3. Barton Fink Coen brothers  United States
4. The Godfather Part III Francis Ford Coppola  United States
5. Close-Up Abbas Kiarostami  Iran
6. J'entends plus la guitare Philippe Garrel  France
7. Edward Scissorhands Tim Burton  United States
8. Rhapsody in August Akira Kurosawa  Japan
9. Les Amants du Pont-Neuf Leos Carax  France
10. Paris s'éveille Olivier Assayas  France
1992
# Film Director Country
1. Unforgiven Clint Eastwood  United States
2. Agantuk Satyajit Ray  India
3. Life, and Nothing More... Abbas Kiarostami  Iran
4. Husbands and Wives Woody Allen  United States
5. Border Line Danihle Dubroux  France
Savage Nights Cyril Collard  France
The Sentinel Arnaud Desplechin  France
8. La Chasse aux papillons Otar Iosseliani  France
A Tale of Winter Éric Rohmer  France
10. A Brighter Summer Day Edward Yang  Taiwan
The House of Smiles Marco Ferreri  Italy
Le mirage Jean-Claude Guiguet  France
The Oak Lucian Pintilie  Romania
1993
# Film Director Country
1. A Perfect World Clint Eastwood  United States
2. Abraham's Valley Manoel de Oliveira  Portugal
3. L'Arbre, le maire et la médiathèque Éric Rohmer  France
4. Smoking/No Smoking Alain Resnais  France
5. In the Land of the Deaf Nicolas Philibert  France
6. Aranyer Din Ratri Satyajit Ray  India
7. Mad Dog and Glory John McNaughton  United States
8. Innocent Blood John Landis  United States
9. Bad Lieutenant Abel Ferrara  United States
10. Hélas pour moi Jean-Luc Godard  France
1994
# Film Director Country
1. Caro diario Nanni Moretti  Italy
2. I Can't Sleep Claire Denis  France
3. Carlito's Way Brian De Palma  United States
4. Wild Reeds André Téchiné  France
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas Henry Selick  United States
6. Travolta and Me Patricia Mazuy  France
7. L'Enfer Claude Chabrol  France
8. Joan the Maiden Jacques Rivette  France
9. US Go Home Claire Denis  France
10. Coming to Terms with the Dead Pascale Ferran  France
M. Butterfly David Cronenberg  United States
1995
# Film Director Country
1. La Cérémonie Claude Chabrol  France
2. Le Garçu Maurice Pialat  France
3. Waati Souleymane Cissé  Mali
4. The Bridges of Madison County Clint Eastwood  United States
5. Oublie-moi Noémie Lvovsky  France
6. The Flower of My Secret Pedro Almodóvar  Spain
7. Sonatine Takeshi Kitano  Japan
8. Ed Wood Tim Burton  United States
9. Through the Olive Trees Abbas Kiarostami  Iran
10. In the Mouth of Madness John Carpenter  United States
1996
# Film Director Country
1. Crash David Cronenberg  Canada
2. For Ever Mozart Jean-Luc Godard  France
3. Casino Martin Scorsese  United States
4. My Sex Life... or How I Got into an Argument Arnaud Desplechin  France
5. God's Comedy João César Monteiro  Portugal
6. Dead Man Jim Jarmusch  United States
7. Thieves André Téchiné  France
8. Mission: Impossible Brian De Palma  United States
9. Encore Pascal Bonitzer  France
Parfait amour! Catherine Breillat  France
11. Don't Forget You're Going to Die Xavier Beauvois  France
1997
# Film Director Country
1. Hana-bi Takeshi Kitano  Japan
2. Goodbye South, Goodbye Hou Hsiao-hsien  Taiwan
3. Lost Highway David Lynch  United States
4. The Eel Shohei Imamura  Japan
The River Tsai Ming-liang  Taiwan
6. Same Old Song Alain Resnais  France
Seventh Heaven Benoît Jacquot  France
Taste of Cherry Abbas Kiarostami  Iran
9. Face/Off John Woo  United States
Happy Together Wong Kar-wai  Hong Kong
Scream Wes Craven  United States
1998
# Film Director Country
1. Flowers of Shanghai Hou Hsiao-hsien  Taiwan
2. Dr. Akagi Shohei Imamura  Japan
3. Autumn Tale Éric Rohmer  France
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Clint Eastwood  United States
5. Anxiety Manoel de Oliveira  Portugal
Sue Lost in Manhattan Amos Kollek  United States
7. L'Ennui Cédric Kahn  France
Velvet Goldmine Todd Haynes  United States
9. Snake Eyes Brian De Palma  United States
10. L'arrière-pays Jacques Nolot  France
Jackie Brown Quentin Tarantino  United States
Ossos Pedro Costa  Portugal
Titanic James Cameron  United States
1999
# Film Director Country
1. Eyes Wide Shut Stanley Kubrick  United States
2. The Wind Will Carry Us Abbas Kiarostami  Iran
3. Sicilia! Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet  Italy
4. eXistenZ David Cronenberg  Canada
5. Night Wind Philippe Garrel  France
6. True Crime Clint Eastwood  United States
7. The Letter Manoel de Oliveira  Portugal
8. The Straight Story David Lynch  United States
9. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Jim Jarmusch  United States
10. As Bodas de Deus João César Monteiro  Portugal

2000s[edit]

2000
# Film Director Country
1. Esther Kahn Arnaud Desplechin  France
2. La Captive Chantal Akerman  Belgium
3. Man on the Moon Miloš Forman  United States
4. Mission to Mars Brian De Palma  France
5. In the Mood for Love Wong Kar-wai  Hong Kong
6. M/Other Nobuhiro Suwa  Japan
7. Virgin Suicides Sofia Coppola  United States
Yi Yi Edward Yang  Taiwan
9. Space Cowboys Clint Eastwood  United States
10. Les Savates du bon Dieu Jean-Claude Brisseau  France
2001
# Film Director Country
1. Mulholland Drive David Lynch  United States
2. The Lady and the Duke Éric Rohmer  France
3. Millennium Mambo Hou Hsiao-hsien  Taiwan
4. Time and Tide Tsui Hark  Hong Kong
5. I'm Going Home Manoel de Oliveira  Portugal
6. Platform Jia Zhangke  China
Wild Innocence Philippe Garrel  France
8. Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. Claude Lanzmann  France
9. The Son's Room Nanni Moretti  Italy
10. 'R Xmas Abel Ferrara  United States
2002
# Film Director Country
1. Secret Things Jean-Claude Brisseau  France
Ten Abbas Kiarostami  Iran
3. Blissfully Yours Apichatpong Weerasethakul  Thailand
4. De l'autre côté Chantal Akerman  Belgium
5. The Uncertainty Principle Manoel de Oliveira  Portugal
6. My Mother's Smile Marco Bellocchio  Italy
7. Talk to Her Pedro Almodóvar  Spain
8. Spider David Cronenberg  Canada
Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki  Japan
10. 24 (TV series) N/A  United States
Gerry Gus Van Sant  United States
2004
# Film Director Country
1. Tropical Malady Apichatpong Weerasethakul  Thailand
2. S-21 Rithy Panh  Cambodia
Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks Wang Bing  China
The Village M. Night Shyamalan  United States
5. Shara Naomi Kawase  Japan
6. The Brown Bunny Vincent Gallo  United States
Gerry Gus Van Sant  United States
Kings and Queen Arnaud Desplechin  France
9. Café Lumière Hou Hsiao-hsien  Japan
 Taiwan
Kill Bill: Volume 2 Quentin Tarantino  United States
Saraband Ingmar Bergman  Sweden
2005
# Film Director Country
1. Last Days Gus Van Sant  United States
2. A History of Violence David Cronenberg  Canada
Regular Lovers Philippe Garrel  France
4. 1/3 des yeux Olivier Zabat  France
Three Times Hou Hsiao-hsien  Taiwan
The World Jia Zhangke  China
The Young Lieutenant Xavier Beauvois  France
8. Be with Me Eric Khoo  Singapore
Grizzly Man Werner Herzog  United States
Sin City Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez  United States
Tale of Cinema Hong Sang-soo  South Korea
2006
# Film Director Country
1. Private Fears in Public Places Alain Resnais  France
The Sun Alexander Sokurov  Russia
3. The Host Bong Joon-ho  South Korea
4. Lady Chatterley Pascale Ferran  France
5. Un couple parfait Nobuhiro Suwa  Japan
 France
6. Capote Bennett Miller  United States
Ces rencontres avec eux Straub-Huillet  France
 Italy
Lady in the Water M. Night Shyamalan  United States
9. The Departed Martin Scorsese  United States
10. Flags of Our Fathers Clint Eastwood  United States
The New World Terrence Malick  United States
2007
# Film Director Country
1. Paranoid Park Gus Van Sant  United States
2. Death Proof Quentin Tarantino  United States
Inland Empire David Lynch  United States
Still Life Jia Zhangke  China
5. La France Serge Bozon  France
Zodiac David Fincher  United States
7. Before I Forget Jacques Nolot  France
Honor de cavalleria Albert Serra  Spain
Romance of Astree and Celadon Éric Rohmer  France
10. The Duchess of Langeais Jacques Rivette  France
I Don't Want to Sleep Alone Tsai Ming-liang  Malaysia
 Taiwan
Syndromes and a Century Apichatpong Weerasethakul  Thailand
2008
# Film Director Country
1. Redacted Brian De Palma  United States
2. Colossal Youth Pedro Costa  Portugal
3. Cloverfield Matt Reeves  United States
4. No Country for Old Men Coen brothers  United States
5. Two Lovers James Gray  United States
6. Waltz With Bashir Ari Folman  Israel
7. Dernier maquis Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche  Algeria
 France
8. Hunger Steve McQueen  United Kingdom
9. A Short Film About the Indio Nacional Raya Martin  Philippines
10. On War Bertrand Bonello  France
2009
# Film Director Country
1. Wild Grass Alain Resnais  France
2. Vincere Marco Bellocchio  Italy
3. Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino  United States
4. Gran Torino Clint Eastwood  United States
5. Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl Manoel de Oliveira  Portugal
6. Tetro Francis Ford Coppola  United States
7. The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow  United States
8. The King of Escape Alain Guiraudie  France
9. Tokyo Sonata Kiyoshi Kurosawa  Japan
10. Hadewijch Bruno Dumont  France

2010s[edit]

2010
# Film Director Country
1. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Apichatpong Weerasethakul  Thailand
2. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Werner Herzog  United States
3. Film Socialisme Jean-Luc Godard  France
4. Toy Story 3 Lee Unkrich  United States
5. Fantastic Mr. Fox Wes Anderson  United States
6. A Serious Man Coen brothers  United States
7. To Die like a Man João Pedro Rodrigues  Portugal
8. The Social Network David Fincher  United States
9. Shuga Darezhan Omirbayev  Kazakhstan
10. Mother Bong Joon-ho  South Korea
2011
# Film Director Country
1. We Have a Pope Nanni Moretti  Italy
2. The Strange Case of Angelica Manoel de Oliveira  Portugal
The Tree of Life Terrence Malick  United States
4. Essential Killing Jerzy Skolimowski  Poland
Hors Satan Bruno Dumont  France
6. A Burning Hot Summer Philippe Garrel  France
Melancholia Lars von Trier  Denmark
8. House of Tolerance Bertrand Bonello  France
Meek's Cutoff Kelly Reichardt  United States
Super 8 J.J. Abrams  United States
2012
# Film Director Country
1. Holy Motors Leos Carax  France
2. Cosmopolis David Cronenberg  Canada
3. Twixt Francis Ford Coppola  United States
4. 4:44 Last Day on Earth Abel Ferrara  United States
5. In Another Country Hong Sang-soo  South Korea
6. Take Shelter Jeff Nichols  United States
7. Go Go Tales Abel Ferrara  United States
8. Tabu Miguel Gomes  Portugal
9. Faust Alexander Sokurov  Russia
10. Keep the Lights On Ira Sachs  United States
2013
# Film Director Country
1. Stranger by the Lake Alain Guiraudie  France
2. Spring Breakers Harmony Korine  United States
3. Blue Is the Warmest Colour Abdellatif Kechiche  France
4. Gravity Alfonso Cuarón  United Kingdom
 United States
5. A Touch of Sin Jia Zhangke  China
6. Lincoln Steven Spielberg  United States
7. Jealousy Philippe Garrel  France
8. Nobody's Daughter Haewon Hong Sang-soo  South Korea
9. You and the Night Yann Gonzalez  France
10. Age of Panic Justine Triet  France
2014
# Film Director Country
1. P'tit Quinquin Bruno Dumont  France
2. Goodbye to Language Jean-Luc Godard  France
  Switzerland
3. Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer  United Kingdom
4. Maps to the Stars David Cronenberg  Canada
5. The Wind Rises Hayao Miyazaki  Japan
6. Nymphomaniac Lars von Trier  Denmark
7. Mommy Xavier Dolan  Canada
8. Love Is Strange Ira Sachs  United States
9. Le Paradis Alain Cavalier  France
10. Our Sunhi Hong Sang-soo  South Korea
2015
# Film Director Country
1. Mia Madre Nanni Moretti  France
 Italy
2. Cemetery of Splendour Apichatpong Weerasethakul  Thailand
3. In the Shadow of Women Philippe Garrel  France
  Switzerland
4. The Smell of Us Larry Clark  France
5. Mad Max: Fury Road George Miller  Australia
 United States
6. Jauja Lisandro Alonso  Denmark
7. Inherent Vice Paul Thomas Anderson  United States
8. Arabian Nights Miguel Gomes  Portugal
9. The Summer of Sangailė Alantė Kavaitė  Lithuania
10. Journey to the Shore Kiyoshi Kurosawa  Japan

Top 10s of the decade[edit]

1990s
# Film Director Country
1. The Bridges of Madison County Clint Eastwood  United States
Carlito's Way Brian De Palma  United States
Goodbye South, Goodbye Hou Hsiao-hsien  Taiwan
4. Close-Up Abbas Kiarostami  Iran
Eyes Wide Shut Stanley Kubrick  United States
Twin Peaks David Lynch  United States
Unforgiven Clint Eastwood  United States
8. Crash David Cronenberg  Canada
Edward Scissorhands Tim Burton  United States
The River Tsai Ming-liang  Taiwan
2000s
# Film Director Country
1. Mulholland Drive David Lynch  United States
2. Elephant Gus Van Sant  United States
3. Tropical Malady Apichatpong Weerasethakul  Thailand
4. The Host Bong Joon-ho  South Korea
5. A History of Violence David Cronenberg  Canada
6. The Secret of the Grain Abdellatif Kechiche  France
7. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks Wang Bing  China
8. War of the Worlds Steven Spielberg  United States
9. The New World Terrence Malick  United States
10. Ten Abbas Kiarostami  Iran

Top 10 of all time[edit]

# Film Year Director Country
1. Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles  United States
2. The Night of the Hunter 1955 Charles Laughton  United States
3. The Rules of the Game 1939 Jean Renoir  France
4. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927 F. W. Murnau  United States
5. L'Atalante 1934 Jean Vigo  France
6. M 1931 Fritz Lang  Weimar Republic
7. Singin' In The Rain 1952 Arthur Freed  United States
8. Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock  United States
9. Children of Paradise 1945 Marcel Carné  France
10. The Searchers 1956 John Ford  United States

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Bickerton, E. (2009). A Short History of Cahiers du Cinéma. London: Verso.
  • Hillier, Jim (1985). Cahiers du Cinema the 1950's. London : RKP/BFI.
  • Hillier, Jim (1986) Cahiers du Cinema the 1960's. London: BFI.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Itzkoff, Dave (9 February 2009) Cahiers Du Cinéma Will Continue to Publish The New York Times
  2. ^ a b c Macnab, Geoffrey (7 April 2001) Pretentious, nous? The Guardian
  3. ^ Dowell, Ben (10 February 2009) "Le Monde sells influential cinema magazine Cahiers du Cinéma" The Guardian

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