Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' Named the Greatest Movie of All Time

Friday, August 03, 2012

Every ten years, the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound magazine polls nearly one thousand international film critics to find out what they consider the greatest movie of all time. For the past 50 years, the answer has always been the same: "Citizen Kane.” But this week, everything changed.

Instead of “Citizen Kane,” the critics chose Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo." This means that, for the next ten years, “Vertigo” will be known as the greatest movie of all time. And “Citizen Kane” will be number two.

Rafer Guzman is just fine with this decision. In fact, he likes it quite a bit. But Kristen Meinzer thinks mistakes were made.

Rafer and Kristen make up The Takeaway's Movie Date team. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway. 


Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Here's a list of some movies that are up there for me.

1. Clockwork Orange - Kubrick - I can only watch it once a decade. Most of his movies are great but I can only watch it once a decade. Doctor Strange love coming up

2. Blood Simple - Coen Brothers...- listen to the commentary on the DVD. They have some English dude pulling a prank on the audience. It becomes a Monty Python routine. check it out

3. Raging Bull- Scorsese

4. Rashomon-

5. La Strada

6.Arsenic And Old Lace - you know what, my all time favorite that I watch once a year.

Eraserhead- I can only watch this once every couple of decades

Hitchcock is my favorite and I gotta go with John on North By Northwest... I have watched that movie a dozen times

Aug. 03 2012 04:14 PM
Cathleen Hall from Denver, CO

Listening to the broadcast today, I'm interested in hearing what would be considered a "great" movie (on the level of Citizen Kane or Vertigo) in the last 30 years (1982 to present). And I agree with Laurie Mann, To Kill a Mockingbird is the best movie I've ever seen.

Aug. 03 2012 09:14 AM
Laurie Mann from Pittsburgh, PA

I've never been a huge Hitchcock fan, don't like Vertigo that much and think Citizen Kane is a better movie than Vertigo. But I don't think either is the best movie.

The best movie I've seen continues to be To Kill a Mockingbird. I thought so when I was 7 and I think so now that I'm in my 50s.

Aug. 03 2012 08:38 AM

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