From Larry French on Wellesnet Facebook:
This years results are no great surprise, since SIGHT AND SOUND opened the polling for 2012 to so many more people... as Orson Welles might say, even the janitor at the BFI could vote. I doubt if Penelope Huston would approve, but like FILM COMMENT, SIGHT AND SOUND is no longer a magazine I read, or even respect! Much better writing is now being done at Indiewire.com for free!
Second place is not a bad spot to be.....
atcolomb wrote:Now the giant pillar holding up that stature has been removed, and it appears that the “Welles Age”, as it were, may be drawing to a close
The rise in popularity of The Magnificent Ambersons is evident in the popular film magazine Sight and Sound, and its famous “Top 10 Films” articles (conducted every ten years). In their 1972 poll, ten years after Kane’s emergence as the magazine’s #1 film of all time, Ambersons appeared on the list, tied for 8th place. It was on the list again in 1982 (then tied for 7th place), but it hasn’t appeared on the list since. The reasoning behind this sudden resurgence in the film’s popularity is fairly understandable—the film had been a rather obscure title until a renewed interest in Welles erupted in the late 60s (as more and more new filmmakers wished to claim Welles as their director), however, the popularity for Ambersons was eventually quelled as people’s initial excitement for the film lessened because of the inherent flaws contained within the movie due to its glaring mutilation. The film began to be admired for the missing footage that couldn’t be seen—that could only be imagined—rather than the 88-minute cut that remains.
All those years, youngsters (by then, "film students") had hopes that the legendary MA footage in Brazil would be found. "CITIZEN KANE was 'the greatest film ever made'" -- and "THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS was BETTER!" …How could Welles' reputation, CITIZEN KANE, and THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS not gain some gas in such a fantasy? Now that colder truths are emerging, and Orson Welles as an artist and a human being put in perspective … it may save Wellesnetters from becoming simply hagiographers… Think what time and truth have done to poor old southern gentleman artiste D. W. Griffiths –
Of course, KANE is still # 1 in the AFI poll,
Many critics like Jonathan Rosenbaum no longer feel any need to list KANE or any Welles films, in preference for newer and much more unknown work from other directors, which I agree with. …the editor of SIGHT AND SOUND wanted to have KANE replaced... probably so it would garner the mag bigger publicity, which seems to have worked.
Where's Michael Powell and THE RED SHOES? There's the Masterpiece (and the Artist) that should be be #1, in my opinion. Powell made his "perfect redhead"… Alfred Hitchcock was working through his …increasingly difficult and absorbing task of explaining to himself and his audience a common and vulgar jones of his time for "the perfect Blonde."… Kim Novak, convent educated, was…really a red head . . . or maybe a brunette…
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