The Best Movie of All Time Turns 70: Here’s Looking at You, Casablanca

Earlier this year, when the British Film Institute’s monthly magazine Sight & Sound announced the results of its most recent “greatest films of all time” poll — a once-every-decade exercise that Roger Ebert has called the only poll taken seriously by anyone who works in the film business — cinephiles were astounded to learn that Citizen Kane had been toppled from its perennial perch atop the list. The greatest film of all time, according to hundreds of critics, festival programmers and others around the world was not Orson Welles’ 1941 drama, but Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece of unease and obsession, Vertigo.

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  1. Warren G. Harris

    This is merely the opinion of the British Film Institute, and not universally shared.

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