Sight & Sound's Greatest Films of All Time: HIFF's Take

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Behold, the film list to end all film lists!

So long as humans have 10 fingers and toes, and that infinite library known as IMDb.com (@IMDB) right at their finger tips, Sight & Sound Magazine (@SightSoundMag) will continue their once-a-decade survey of the greatest films of all time.

Sight & Sound unveiled this decade’s list last week with arguably the biggest shake-up to the list since the poll first hit newsstands in 1952. After a nearly 50-year reign as the consensus “Greatest Film Ever Made”, Orson WellesCitizen Kane cedes the number one spot to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

Considered by many scholars and cinephiles alike to be the definite canonical list, Sight & Sound’s poll queried a total of 846 critics and 358 directors on their choices for cinema’s most outstanding achievements.

The full list of the Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time selections can be found at the British Film Institute.

While we’re in the midst of whittling down our lists of films to be screened at the 20th anniversary edition of Hamptons International Film Festival, the HIFF team took a breather and selected their favorite films from Sight & Sound’s Top 50 list.

Moved by City Lights and Tokyo Story? Blown away by 2001: A Space Odyssey and Apocalypse Now? Share your lists!  Below, HIFF programmers pick their top ten favorites.

JEFFREY BOWERS
Assistant Programmer

(in preferential order)
1. La Règle du jeu (Rules of the Game)
2. Le Mépris (Contempt) /// Pierrot le Fou
3. L’avventura
4. Stalker /// Mirror
5. Some Like It Hot
6. La Jetée
7. Au hazard Balthazar
8. Satantango
9. The General
10. Vertigo

GIANNA CHACHERE
Festival Producer

(in no particular order)
1. Vertigo
2. Citizen Kane
3. 8 ½
4. Persona
5. Mirror
6. In the Mood for Love
7. Rashomon
8. Taxi Driver
9. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
10. Journey to Italy
11. Some Like It Hot

BILL CURRAN
Assistant Programmer

(in chronological order)
1. Sunrise: A Song for Two Humans
2. Citizen Kane
3. Singin’ in the Rain
4. Ugestu monogatari
5. The Searchers
6. 8 ½
7. Pierrot le fou
8. Au hasard Balthazar
9. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
10. Close-Up

 

DAVID NUGENT
Director of Programming

(in no particular order)
1. Vertigo
2. Citizen Kane
3. Man with a Movie Camera
4. The Passion of Joan of Arc
5. Apocalypse Now
6. Andrei Rublev
7. Bicycle Thieves
8. The General
9. Metropolis
10. City Lights

 

GENEVIEVE VILLAFLOR
Programmer and Program Manager

(in preferential order)
1. Tokyo Story
2. L’avventura
3. In the Mood for Love
4. Satantango
5. Man With a Movie Camera
6. La jetee
7. 400 Blows
8. Playtime
9. Sunrise: A Song for Two Humans
10. Histoire(s) du cinema

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