BFI: ‘Vertigo’ Bumps ‘Citizen Kane’ As Greatest FilmAugust 8th, 2012 | Posted by in Film
Anyone can make a greatest movie list but everyone pays attention when Sight & Sound releases its latest findings. The London-based cinema-culture magazine published by the British Film Institute polls critics and directors once a decade.
The 2012 poll dropped the expected bombshell – Orson Welles’s “Citizen Kane” has been deposed as the top film of all time by Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.”
“Vertigo” beat “Citizen Kane” (which held the top position for 50 years) by 34 votes; a decade ago, “Kane” won by five votes. In the poll – which surveyed 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors – Hitchcock has risen steadily over 30 years, with “Vertigo” climbing from seventh place, to fourth in 1992, second in 2002 and now first.
In the secondary directors poll, the pick was “Tokyo Blue,” No. 3 in the critics’ poll.
Do you agree? Do you care? We’re still baffled that “Toy Story” didn’t make the list.