University of Leicester eBulletin

Top Ten Movies

November 2002
No 249

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 world.”

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.

NOTE 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 

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