Wednesday, August 01, 2012

What is the World Coming To?

As unbelievable as it may sound, the greatest movie of all time is no longer the greatest movie of all time. Citizen Kane's long run at the top of the all-time movies list has ended.

Sight and Sound has Vertigo, the Hitchcock thriller as #1 with Charles Foster Kane at #2. Meanwhile a group of directors polled for the same listing returned with Tokyo Story as #1 and Kane tied with 2001: A Space Odyssey at #2.

It makes you wonder how a film that has been around for 54 years (Vertigo) can now be seen as a better film. Of course some of it has to do with how well it has aged. But Kane, at 71 is still the pioneer it has always been. Perhaps we have become too familiar with it and Orson Welles groundbreaking techniques. I can actually see that 2001 could be up there in the top 2. Maybe I need to talk to some directors about what makes Vertigo so all-time great.


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