Originally Posted by Ray Zee
seems for the top film ever to be displaced, it needs to be one that is new to the list.
its not like vertigo improved over the years.
DVDs have done more to keep the list fairly stable as anything. Keep in mind that Hitchcock pulled Vertigo
(and four other of his films) out of distribution, and it wasn't rereleased to theaters until the 1980s. A whole generation of viewers had never seen it until then. In addition, The Passion of Joan of Arc
was not shown in its present form until a few years ago when it appeared on DVD. It was nearly impossible to see a number of the films on the top fifty until now, so a new generation of critics have been able to see films they've only read about for years. While these are old films according to the date they were made, in effect many are new films for a new audience. And once you get past the top ten, a few of the films have been made in the past twenty years.
I also believe that it helps to be a fairly experienced filmgoer. And DVDs have allowed me to see movies I pretty much thought I'd never get the chance to see. I've seen every movie of the top fifty but one, Pather Panchali
, because I've never been able to get it from Netflix. So while I might quibble with a choice here and there, I do know that this list is just about as good as any you'll find.