‘Vertigo’ tops Sight & Sound poll

846 critics chose from 2,045 films

LONDON — Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” has ended the 50-year reign of Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” at the top of film mag Sight & Sound’s critics’ poll.

Conducted once a decade since 1952, this year’s poll canvassed a broader selection of film experts than ever before with 846 critics across all continents voting for 2,045 films.

“Citizen Kane” was the winner of the five polls conducted since 1962, but had to settle for second place this time around.

Yasujiro Ozu’s “Tokyo Story” was third in the critics’ poll.

The top 10 also includes three silent films, with F.W. Murnau’s “Sunrise” in fifth, and Dziga Vertov’s “Man With a Movie Camera” and Carl Dreyer’s “The Passion of Joan of Arc” making their debut in the top 10.

In a separate poll, 358 directors from all over the world named “Tokyo Story” as their top film, also usurping “Citizen Kane,” which ranked joint second with Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” “Vertigo” came in seventh.

Directors taking part in the poll included Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Mike Leigh, Walter Salles, Guillermo Del Toro, Michel Hazanavicius, Aki Kaurismaki and Bong Joon-ho.

Sight & Sound is sold in 29 countries, and has subscribers in 60 countries.

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