PRINT December 1999

Susan Sontag

1. The Second Circle (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1990) There’s no director active today whose films I admire as much. The Days of Eclipse (1988) is, I think, his greatest film.

2. Close Up (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990) Iranian cinema has been the great revelation of the last decade. Close Up is my (and, I’ve heard, Kiarostami’s) favorite of his films.

3. The Stone (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1992) Chekhov’s ghost features in this film meditation about a night at Yalta’s Chekhov Museum.

4. Naked (Mike Leigh, 1993) I’ve been a Mike Leigh fan since 1977’s Abigail’s Party (as good as Molière). Naked is, I suppose, his deepest film.

5. The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1993) Set in the ’30s and ’40s. The Taiwanese director is just as marvelous as everyone says.

6. Sátántangó (Béla Tarr, 1994) Devastating, enthralling for every minute of its seven hours. I’d be glad to see it every year for the rest of my life.

7. Lamerica

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