Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Vertigo Update

Yahoo! Movies: Orson Welles' Citizen Kane no longer enjoys the moniker of greatest film of all time, a plaudit it has held for 50 years. The movie has occupied top billing in the British Film Institute published magazine Sight & Sound's once-a-decade international critics’ film poll since 1962.  But that crown, according to Sight & Sound's 2012 survey of 846 movie experts who participate, has now passed to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

Hat tip to Art Scott, who emphatically does not agree with the poll.


  1. Anonymous7:50 AM

    I had the great pleasure of seeing 2001 from a projection booth during an all night screening at a Science Fiction Convention (Halcon)... it was probably 3AM when it came on and everyone was still awake... sad to say that by 5AM there were many snores (ZZZZZZZZZZZ"S) to be heard in the audience...

    david m

  2. Greg Daniel8:23 AM

    How can Vertigo be THE best film if it is not even Hitchcock's best film?!? Heck, it's not even Hitchcock's best film starring Jimmy Stewart.

  3. Things go in and out of fashion, especially since film is such a relatively new art form (just over 100 years). I remember back in the seventies, "The Bicycle Thief" was on every greatest films list. Now, not so much. The pendulum will swing back to Kane one day.

  4. Stephen B.3:57 PM

    My take is North By Northwest, Rear Window, and possibly MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (which my dad lobbies for as a favorite) and Psycho are better films.
    Vertigo I finally watched close to two times but never made it through the second viewing.

  5. Anonymous7:46 PM

    At least the 1-2 placing is a Big Win for Bernard Herrmann, who does deserve it.
    Art Scott