In a new Sight and Sound magazine poll for best film of all time, Vertigo, starring Jimmy Steward bumped out Citizen Kane from the number one spot. Citizen Kane had occupied the No. 1 spot for a number of years on many all time movies best lists. Like the The Great Gatsby on book lists and the Beatles on music lists, Kane has been a fixture at the top of Top 10 lists for years.
That all has changed, as until know the 1941 classic from Orson Welles topped the magazine’s list for nearly 50 years. The latest poll however put Vertigo, the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock psychological thriller at the top.
Many Americans may not even know the magazine, but it is a monthly publication produced by the British Film Institute. Critic Roger Ebert has said the poll is the best film poll and the only one that is taken serious by movie people. The movies are voted on by a group of international film experts.
The magazine noted that Vertigo only entered the top 10 list in 1982, but has steadily risen to the top in esteem over the past 30 years. Some believe that since the Internet has become the main channel for communication about films as well as most others things, that it could have marked a revolution of sorts in taste.
The top ten are Vertigo, Citizen Kane, Tokyo Story, La Regle de jeu, Sunrise: The Song of Two Humans, 2001 A Space Odyssey, The Searchers, Man with a Movie Camera, The Passion of Joan of Arc and 8 ½.