In some exciting news for cinephiles, The British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound magazine released the results decennial poll of The Greatest Films of All Time for 2022. This is considered one of the most prestigious lists of great movies with ballots submitted by film critics from around the world. The big news is that there is a new number one film, Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (1975), a Belgian drama directed by Chantal Akerman, the first woman director in the number one spot. With a larger and more diverse pool of critics submitting ballots, this is part of a trend where the Sight & Sound list is recognizing more films by women and non-white filmmakers than ever before.
You may remember that as part of my Classic Movies Project, I tried to watch and review all of the movies on the 2012 list of the Greatest Films of All Time. I got pretty close missing only 3 of the 101 movies listed:
30. Shoah (1985) – a 9-1/2 hour documentary about the Holocaust
49. Histoire(s) du cinéma (1988-1998) – Jean-Luc Godard’s 5 hour documentary/collage about film history
61. La maman et la putain (1973) – a nearly 4 hour French New Wave drama that I can’t find streaming anywhere or at any library
The first two of those three films are on the 2022 list so I get another 10 years to watch them. There are also 10 new additions to the list that I have not seen before. I have added all of them to my watchlist, if they weren’t already there.
16. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
28. Daisies (1966)
43. Killer of Sheep (1977)
48. Wanda (1970)
50. The Piano (1992) – I did see this in the movie theater 30 years ago but really don’t remember it well
52. News from Home (1976)
60. Daughters of the Dust (1991)
67. The Red Shoes (1948)
78. Céline and Julie Go Boating (1974)
95. Tropical Malady (2004)
I am also pleased that 14 movies that are new to the 2022 list are ones I’ve already watched and reviewed!
14. Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)
24. Do the Right Thing (1989)
30. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
54. The Apartment (1960)
60. Moonlight (2016)
63. GoodFellas (1990)
67. The Gleaners and I (2000)
72. My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
75. Spirited Away (2001)
88. Chungking Express (1994)
88. The Shining (1980)
90. Parasite (2019)
95. Black Girl (1965)
95. Get Out (2017)
Finally, there are 23 films from the 2012 list did not return. I have to say that I’m not really a huge fan of the vast majority of these films, although I do wonder if Ingmar Bergman spit in the critics’ coffee or something.
Aguirre, Wrath of God
Fanny and Alexander
La Grande Illusion
La maman et la putain
Les enfants du paradis
Partie de campagne
The Colour of Pomegranates
The Godfather Part II
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Seventh Seal – this is the biggest slight, in my opinion!
The Wild Bunch
Touch of Evil
Un chien andalou – another one that should’ve stayed on the list. We need some weird on the list.
Keep your eyes on this blog because on Wednesday, December 7th I will publish MY personal top ten favorite movies of all time!