Thursday, August 2, 2012

Welles is out, Hitchcock is in--SIGHT AND SOUND's new Greatest Films list.

Here's Nick James, editor of the UK film magazine SIGHT AND SOUND, to explain the dethroning of CITIZEN KANE (long a Number One choice for Greatest Film of All Time) in favor of VERTIGO, panned on its original release for apparently being (like THE WRONG MAN) too much of a departure from the glossy, Technicolor, often-shot-on-exotic-locations films more typical of 50s Alfred Hitchcock:
"Cinephilia has changed in that there's less of a massive respect for the all-singing, all-dancing, every technological achievement in one film kind of film, like Citizen Kane.
People are moving towards more personal films, ones that they can react to personally in their own lives, and Vertigo is that kind of film, especially if you watch it more than once. It is a film that grows and grows on you.
It feels like a much more contemporary film than Citizen Kane, which is a lot of bombast and is very theatrical and slightly hammy by modern acting standards. Vertigo is about our inner life."

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