Kenny Sayz: Casablanca Be Neglected on Sight & Sound’s Film List?


This year the British film magazine Sight & Sound made some fresh and interesting observations in the critique of film. By declaring “Vertigo” the new best movie of all time over the beloved “Citizen Kane,” they shook up a 50 year old film perception in the industry. The organization surveyed 846 critics and 358 directors to submit their own individual Top 10 lists. Here are the results broken down by profession:


The Critics’ Top 10

1. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)

2. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

3. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)

4. The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939)

5. Sunrise: A Song for Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927)

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)

7. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)

8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)

9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Th. Dreyer, 1927)

10. 8 ½ (Federico Fellini, 1963)


The Directors’ Top 10

1. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)

2 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

2 Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

4. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)

5. Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)

6. Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)

7.  The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)

7. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)

9. Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1974)

10. Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948)


I actually haven’t seen “Tokyo Story” or “Bicycle Thieves,” but will make that a priority immediately. This list serves as a reminder why I refuse to waste my time attending a screening of a “Total Recall” remake when I should watch classic films instead. Also, I need to re-watch “Vertigo,” because I have developed more of a critical eye for movies since viewing it. I still prefer Alfred Hitchcock’s grim and creepy “The Birds” as the director’s best work, which shows why I need to revisit his other classics before I cement that claim as his best work.



One complaint about the list: where is Casablanca? I consider the Michael Curtiz classic to be the best film of all time. The witty screenplay with the sharp one-liners and captivating story along with the performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is cinema at its highest form. It is the standard I compare most films toward.


What classic film do you think should have made the list?


About Kenny Miles

Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He covers various aspects of movies including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous "awards season." Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding.He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723.