From Ingmar Bergman to Andrei Tarkovsky: Robert Eggers names his 5 favourite films of all time
Robert Eggers, the director behind the recent critical success The Lighthouse, has named his five favourite films of all time.
Eggers, who initially began his career as a designer and director of theatre productions in New York before transitioning to working in film, is a keen student of cinema and has often referenced the likes of Ingmar Bergman and Andrei Tarkovsky as inspirations—both of whom feature in the list of his favourite films.
“Bergman’s my favourite filmmaker, if I had to choose,” Eggers began when kicking off his list with the inclusion of Fanny and Alexander as part of a new feature for Rotten Tomatoes.
“It’s very much a culmination of most of the themes and motifs of his career that appears as a physical personification in the very beginning of the film, similar kinds of ghosts that Bergman explored in the past.”
He added: “He has his love for the theatre and puppetry and there’s moments of hope and joy, but it also just reminds you that humans have certain demons that they can’t ever escape. It’s really rich and it touches on so many things about what it is to be human that it’s really quite remarkable. And as with every Bergman movie, there’s not a moment of bad performance to be found.”
Elsewhere, Eggers chooses to include the likes of F. W. Murnau, Sergei Parajanov and more.
See the full list, below.
Robert Eggers’ five favourite films:
Fanny and Alexander – Ingmar Bergman, 1982.
Mary Poppins – Robert Stevenson, 1964.
Andrei Rublev – Andrei Tarkovsky, 1973.
Nosferatu – F. W. Murnau, 1922.
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors – Sergei Parajanov, 1965.
Detailing further about his choices, Eggers explains his admiration for Andrei Tarkovsky, stating: “The last act, or the last movement of Andrei Rublev, is probably just the best thing in cinema history.”
He adds: “That bell casting sequence is just so powerful. In some ways, it’s kind of the same thing that Fanny and Alexander does where you’re not even sure who Andrei Rublev is for quite a while the first time you watch the movie, and this is the episode that makes sense together and works together [in a film that doesn’t have] this super linear, aggressive plot. And then the last movement is very linear, that is incredibly cathartic once you’ve been marinated in this world.
“It really knocks you out. But in general, the movie is so well-staged and beautiful and stunning and inspiring. It’s completely mind-blowing.”