The British Film Institute and Sight & Sound magazine’s poll is held as one of the most important. When Hollywood polls tend to be decided by money and virtue signalling, and traditional fan polls are always liable to suffer from organised intervention (Ant Man And The Wasp, we are looking at you!), the once-in-a-decade poll is seen as a reliable barometer of that age old question – “What is the greatest film of all time?”
Or it was. However, lately the polls seem to have shown a trend for going a little… niche. Some of the inclusions have always raised a few eyebrows. This year, though, it was all blown out of the water, and mostly due to the exclusions.
The shocks start right at the top end. Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels has pushed last poll winner Vertigo out of the top spot. Perennial favorite Citizen Kane was down in 3rd place.
There is only one musical, in Singin’ in the Rain. Once Upon a Time in the West and The Searchers are the only Westerns.
The 21st century seems overly represented through Mulholland Drive, In the Mood for Love, Parasite, Spirited Away, Moonlight, Yi Yi, and Tropical Malady. Meanwhile you would really have to squint to include Get Out as among the 100 greatest movies of all time. It’s good, but 100 greatest?
Bear in mind this is against the backdrop of Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather Part II, Chinatown, The Wild Bunch, Raging Bull and Rio Bravo dropping off the list.
You can see the full poll results of the 100 Greatest Films at BFI.org.uk. Any list that doesn’t include Jaws and Raiders Of The Lost Ark is missing out, as far as we are concerned.