Citizen Kane as No. 1 in the annual Sight and Sound poll of the 100 greatest films of all time. Hitch's standing had been steadily rising in the annual smackdown, and now he's champ. Tokyo Story by Ozu (#3) has been high on my to-see queue for a while, and I couldn't agree more with the lofty placement of Jean Renoir's profound, witty, and humane Rules of the Game (La Règle du jeu) or of FW Murnau's stupendous silent Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans as 4 and 5.
|A still from Renoir's 1939 masterpiece; below two shots from .|
We approached more than 1,000 critics, programmers, academics, distributors, writers and other cinephiles, and received (in time for the deadline) precisely 846 top-ten lists that between them mention a total of 2,045 different films.John Ford's The Searchers, which we have in a “50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition,” ranks in the top 10, along with Kubrick's 2001 and Fellini's 8½. The full list of 100 films will be out mid-month.
As a qualification of what ‘greatest’ means, our invitation letter stated, “We leave that open to your interpretation. You might choose the ten films you feel are most important to film history, or the ten that represent the aesthetic pinnacles of achievement, or indeed the ten films that have had the biggest impact on your own view of cinema.”