Vertigo, the psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1958, was voted the best movie of all time, in a poll which brought together 846 critics and 358 directors. The film was nominated for two Oscars for production design and sound and James Stewart plays the role of a detective afraid of heights, which is committed to follow the wife of a former colleague, only to realize later that he was involved in a complex plot.
Held at every 10 years by the magazine Sight and Sound for 50 years, the poll had the most popular critics the classic drama Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles. This year, however, most critics have opted for the thriller Vertigo, which in the previous poll conducted in 2002 ranked second.
Surprisingly, from the critic’s top had gone Godfather, Singin’ in the Rain and Battleship Potemkin, leaving room for movie The Searchers, which was ranked on 7th place, Man With a Movie Camera – on 8th place and The Passion of Joan of Arc – 9th place.
Top directors on the other hand, prepared this year for the 3rd time, maintain the supremacy of Citizen Cane, the movie in which Orson Welles presents the mysterious portrait of a billionaire and includes the first part of The Godfather trilogy, tied with Vertigo, on the 7th place.