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‘Vertigo’ Overtakes ‘Citizen Kane’ In Sight & Sound’s Greatest Films of All Time Poll

Posted by , on August 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm 

Alfred Hitchock may be smiling in his grave, as BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine released another update to their greatest films of all-time list and his Vertigo is now in the top spot. 846 critics voted for a total of 2,045 films and now the top ten have been unveiled. Citizen Kane was bumped down to number two for the first time since 1962, while Dziga Vertov’s classic documentary Man With a Movie Camera is added and Sergei Eisenstein‘s Battleship Potemkin has fallen off. Check out the list below, including the director’s poll, in which 358 were polled and Tokyo Story came out at the winner.

The Critics’ Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time

1. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
2. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
3. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
4. La Règle du jeu (Renoir, 1939)
5. Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (Murnau, 1927)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
7. The Searchers (Ford, 1956)
8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1927)
10. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)

Note: Check out more details and the top 50 on BFI’s official site.

The Directors’ Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time

1. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) and Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) (tie)
4. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)
5. Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1980)
6. Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
7. The Godfather (Coppola, 1972) and Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) (tie)
9. Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1974)
10. Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948)

What do you think of the list? Any major exclusions? Are your favorites on it?


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