David N. Meyer

David N. Meyer is an Associate Professor in cinema studies at The New School in Manhattan and the Film Editor for the arts monthly BROOKLYN RAIL. He authored The 100 Best Films To Rent You’ve Never Heard Of (St. Martin’s Press, 12th printing) and A Girl and A Gun; The Complete Guide to Film Noir On Video (Avon Books). His most recent book Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music (Random House) was chosen by the LA Times as one of the Twenty Best NonFiction Books of the Year, by Rolling Stone as one of the Five Best Books of the Year and by England’s UnCut Magazine as the Music Book of the Year. His website: Twenty Thousand Roads.

From the first pool:

  1. Le Deuxième Souffle (1966) Jean-Pierre Melville
  2. The Human Condition (1959-61) Masaki Kobayashi
  3. Chelsea Girls (1966) Andy Warhol & Paul Morrissey
  4. Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977) Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
  5. Syndromes and a Century (2006) Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  6. The Red and the White (1967) Jancsó Miklós
  7. The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
  8. The Reckless Moment (1949) Max Ophüls
  9. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) Naruse Mikio
  10. Ride Lonesome (1959) Budd Boetticher
  11. Scenes from Under Childhood (1967-70) Stan Brakhage
  12. Platform (2000) Jia Zhangke
  13. Passion (1982) Jean-Luc Godard
  14. The L-Shaped Room (1962) Bryan Forbes
  15. Effi Briest (1974) Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  16. The Spider's Stratagem (1970) Bernardo Bertolucci
  17. Histoire(s) du Cinema (1989-1998) Jean-Luc Godard
  18. A City of Sadness (1989) Hou Hsiao-hsien
  19. The Loyal 47 Ronin of the Genroku Era (1941) Mizoguchi Kenji
  20. The Lusty Men (1952) Nicholas Ray

From the second pool:

  1. Who'll Stop the Rain (1978) Karel Reisz
  2. Raw Deal (1948) Anthony Mann
  3. The Pornographer (1966) Imamura Shohei
  4. The State of Things (1982) Wim Wenders
  5. The Man on the Roof (1976) Bo Widerberg
  6. Betrayal (1983) David Jones
  7. The Tall T (1957) Budd Boetticher
  8. Man of Flowers (1983) Paul Cox
  9. The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974) Werner Herzog
  10. Pigs and Battleships (1961) Imamura Shohei


  1. Help Me, Eros (2007) Lee Kang-sheng
  2. The Furies (1950) Anthony Mann
  3. Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (1981) Sômai Shinji
  4. The Man I Love (1947) Raoul Walsh
  5. Les Croix de Bois (1932) Raymond Bernard
  6. Classe Tous Risques (1960) Claude Sautet
  7. Numéro Deux (1975) Jean-luc Godard
  8. Radio On (1980) Christopher Petit
  9. Apotheosis (1970) Yoko Ono
  10. Poto and Cabengo (1980) Jean Pierre Gorin

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