Vertigo named greatest movie ever

2012-08-02 10:35

New York - Alfred Hitchcock has finally usurped Orson Welles.

Hitchcock's Vertigo took the top spot in the 10 greatest-movies-ever list compiled by Sight & Sound, ending the 50-year-long run for Welles' Citizen Kane.

The magazine, published by the British Film Institute, surveys international film critics every decade.

Citizen Kane slid to second, making way for Hitchcock's 1958 psychological drama starring James Stewart and Kim Novak.

The list also includes a new addition: Dziga Vertov's documentary, Man With a Movie Camera, coming in at eighth place.

Vertigo tells the story of a San Francisco detective, played by James Stewart, suffering from acrophobia who investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife (played by Kim Novak), while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

The movie did not win any Oscars - Hitchcock infamously never won a competitive Academy Award after five nominations - but was nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Sound in 1959.

The Sight & Sound Critics' Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time:
1. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
2. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
3. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
4. La Règle du jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939)
5. Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
7. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
8. Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov, 1929)
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1927)
10. 8 ½ (Federico Fellini, 1963)

- Channel24


  • jeeves.eddings - 2012-08-02 11:43

    Don't get it. How do movies like that beat Inception, Forest Gump, I am Legend etc. ? Must be nostalgia by a bunch of weird arty farties. I've seen Vertigo and Citizen Cane and although they are good, they don't come near the size, story and scope of some of these modern masterpieces! All in the eye of the beholder I guess.

      lauren.hess.1272 - 2012-08-02 12:47

      Er, while I haven't seen many of the critics' choices, I wouldn't exactly put Forrest Gump, I Am Legend or even Inception up in the Top 10 films ever list. Inception might make it into the Top 20 or 50 of the genre (sci-fi) at best. The other two? Er... But at the same time, I'd hasten to make a "top 10 films ever" list. It's hard enough coming up with ones for the various genres and years.

  • julian.booyens - 2012-08-02 16:02

    'Man with a Movie Camera' deserved to be included, the photography and tricks this man did with the camera in 1929 was very advanced for the time

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