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Reblog: The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics

The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics:

Stephen’s note: I have only seen 2 of these (Citizen Kane which I liked and 2001: A Space Odyssey, which I found incredibly boring)

Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)

Tokyo Story (Yasujirô Ozu, 1953)

La Règle du jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939)

Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927)

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)

The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)

Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)

8½ (Federico Fellini, 1963)

These results came out with a bang — the sound, of course, of Vertigo displacing Citizen Kane. How many who watched the young Orson Welles’ debut during its financially inauspicious original run could have guessed it would one day stand as a byword for the height of cinematic craftsmanship? But Citizen Kane just flopped, drawing a good deal of critical acclaim even as it did so, whereas, seventeen years later, Hitchcock’s Vertigo not only flopped, but did so into a fog of mixed reviews, tumbling unceremoniously from there into obscurity. Prints became scarce, and the ones Hitchcock aficionados could later track down had seen better days. It would take a kind of obsession — not to mention a thorough restoration — to return Vertigo to the zeitgeist. 1997′s Obsessed with Vertigo, the half-hour, Roddy McDowall-narrated American Movie Classics documentary above, chronicles the life, death, and rebirth of Hitchcock’s picture.

We ignored Vertigo at our peril, and if we now ignore Citizen Kane because of its new second-chair status, we do that at our peril as well. The 90-minute documentary below, The Complete Citizen Kane, originally aired in 1991 as an episode of the BBC’s Arena. It looks at Welles’ masterpiece from every possible angle, even bringing in New Yorker critic Pauline Kael, whose essay “Raising Kane” took a controversial anti-auteurist position about this most seemingly auteur-driven of all American films.

via The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics | Open Culture.

4 comments on “Reblog: The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics

  1. Raybeard
    September 18, 2013

    Of the non-English language films I’ve only seen ‘8 1/2’ of which I don’t recall much and didn’t think was Fellini at his very best – and of whom I’m usually a great admirer.
    From the remainder, in addition to the two that you’ve seen, there’s only ‘Vertigo’ (I’m with Barry Humphries in opining that there are better Hitchcocks) and ‘The Searchers’.
    There was a TV series some years back (on Channel 4, I think), iconoclastic programmes which de-bunked various widely admired works and personages, explaining why they don’t deserve to be regarded as ‘great’. ‘Citizen Kane’ was the subject of one of the programmes. I wish I could remember who it was who wielded the axe, but it was certainly most interesting and provocative.

    In my own charts, ‘Kane’ would be number 2 to……….well, you’ve already mentioned it yourself. Yes, it’s the ‘other’ one that you’ve seen.

    September 18, 2013

    I feel very out of the loop !

  3. sfchapman
    September 19, 2013

    Ray – Which film did you only see 1/2 of?

    I find it to be a strange list – perhaps a bit highbrow.

  4. Raybeard
    September 19, 2013

    🙂 V. gd!

    Yes, I agree. The list does seem rather eclectic as well as a bit daunting. It says to me “Don’t you DARE criticise any of these because this is the definitive ‘Perfect 10’!” (Well too bad to that notion/ You either like a film or you don’t. End of story.)

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