Top Ten Movies
A University of Leicester expert was
recently selected as one of a handful of world critics invited to compile her
‘top ten’ best films of all times list for the leading film magazine Sight and Sound.
Dr Dina Iordanova, who teaches film
studies with the University’s History of Art Department, appeared in the poll
alongside Cannes Film Festival Director Gilles Jacob and leading postmodernist
theorist Fredric Jameson.
Dr Iordanova commented:
“Being invited to take part in this poll, which takes place only once
in a decade, is one of the greatest signs of recognition that a film critic or
scholar can possibly get, as they only poll about 100 people from round the
To compile a ‘top ten’ list means making some tough choices, as film critics see an average of 500 films a year. With names of directors like Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Andrei Tarkovski and Miklós Jancsó, Dr Iordanova’s list reflects her primary expertise in East European cinema. But she has also listed classical works of surrealism (Buńuel’s Un chien andalou), of silent cinema (Fritz Lang’s Metropolis), and of social realism (Gilo Pontecorvo’s Battle of Algiers, 1961). In her choices, she has expanded beyond Europe: the list includes films by Japanese Akira Kurosawa, Brazilian Nelson Dos Santos and Senegalese Ousmane Sembene. Details can be viewed at the web-site of the British Film Institute:
A recent appointment to the Teaching
Committee of the Society of Cinema Studies, makes her also one of the few
British scholars serving on the Committee, which is one of three key bodies
within the Society and oversees the teaching of film at higher education,
secondary education, lifelong learning, and professional education levels.
Dr Iordanova’s new book, Emir Kusturica (2002) is available from the British Film Institute.
TO EDITORS: Further
information is available from Dr Dina Iordanova, University of Leicester Centre
for Mass Communication Research, telephone 0116-212-9178, facsimile 0116 252
5276, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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