In case you hadn’t heard, we now have a new “Greatest Film of All Time.” Every 10 years, BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine polls a number of film experts to come up with a definitive list of the greatest films of all time. These experts include critics, academics, writers, and programmers, and this year 846 such people participated in the poll. Citizen Kane has topped the list every time since 1962, but this year Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful Vertigo overtook Orson Wells’ opus to be named the new “Greatest Film of All Time.”
Sight & Sound also conducts a poll of filmmakers, and this year 358 directors (including the likes of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Edgar Wright) yielded a significantly different Top 10 list with Yasujiro Ozu’s 1953 pic Tokyo Story taking the top spot. Though lists of this sort are by definition subjective, these Top 10s are worth perusing and act as a great guide for film fans looking to deepen their cinematic palate. Hit the jump to take a look at both lists.
Fredrico Fellini’s 8 1/2 is one of his masterpieces. The man directed a couple, though like the classic line about Woody Allen, I’m drawn more to his earlier films than his later efforts. 8 ½ is the story of director Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni), and his next film, which is already in advanced pre-production. Not feeling great, he is at a spa trying to figure out this effort or perhaps avoid it. But even there he is circled by the women in his life, including his wife (Anouk Aimee), his mistress (Sandra Milo), his mother and his dream girl (Claudia Cardinale), among others. Just as he eyes women, he is hounded by the people trying to work with him, coming to him incessantly about casting and the script. My review of Criterion’s Blu-ray of Fellini’s 8 ½ after the jump.
I will say this for Nine‘s new trailer: it’s gutsy as hell. This flick is one of the hardest sells of the year because unlike director Rob Marshall’s previous film musical, Chicago, Nine is not an easy to digest fame-at-any-cost story. The source material is Frederico Fellini’s 8 ½, the story of a famous film director (Daniel Day Lewis) who comes to a crisis both in his creative life and in his personal life as he tries to cope with his numerous female relationships. But like the previous trailer, this new one tells you none of that and just gives you a spectacular musical number featuring Kate Hudson and montage of all the main characters in the movie.
Whether you loved or hated Chicago (I fall into the former category), there’s no denying Marshall’s talent for capturing complex musical numbers as he manages to make them both stagy and cinematic. The film has a hell of an Oscar-pedigree because in addition to Marshall and Day Lewis the cast includes six more Oscar-winners: Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, and Sofia Loren. Nine may have a good shot at this year’s Academy Award but you can see the new trailer after the jump and decide if that’s enough to draw in audiences when it opens on December 18th (the same release date as Avatar).