The big news from the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound poll at the beginning of this month was that Vertigo had unseated Citizen Kane in the critic’s list’s top spot, meaning that at some point in the recent past, critics have become bored with the salty tang of Orson Welles’ decayed, lifeless peen. You can peruse the ballots of individual directors over at the British Film Institute’s website, and director Gaspar Noe’s is especially interesting.
Of course the director of Irreversible and Enter the Void has some Pasolini and David Lynch on there, but the most recent entry is Michael Haneke’s Amour from this year. According to Noe, “Amour: I hesitated to put this on the list because the emotions are still so raw. I saw it this year in Cannes while my mother was approaching the end of her life as painfully as the film’s heroine. I cried more than in perhaps any other film in my life as a cinephile.” So yeah, in case you were wondering what it takes to make a director who writes a 12-minute graphic rape scene cry, Haneke does the trick.