Sight and Sound’s Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time

As you probably know, the British Film Institute and its magazine, Sight and Sound, recently published its once-a-decade list of the The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time, based on a survey of 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors. And for the first time in 50 years, Citizen Kane didn't lead the pack. It's no longer officially the greatest film ever made. It's merely number two.

What is number one? Vertigo, which tops my list of the most over-rated films of all time. I know I'm in the minority here, but I find Vertigo slow, uninvolving, and pretentious–three words that seldom describe Hitchcock's work. His true masterpiece, Rear Window, didn't even make the list.

On the other hand, there's no real concensus here. Vertigo received only 191 votes. More than 75 percent of the experts didn't vote for it.

But that's to be expected. All such lists, including this most respected one, are inherently flawed. You can't accurately and scientifically track personal opinions about art.