“Jeanne Dielman” Tops Greatest Film Poll

Criterion, Janus Films

Sight and Sound magazine’s new Greatest Film of All Time poll has been announced, with Chantal Akerman’s 1975 feminist tale “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels” ranking at the top.

The film replaces Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” which took the top spot a decade ago, and before that Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” which slipped to second and third respectively.

On the previous 2012 poll, Akerman’s film clocked in at #36. The just over three-hour film follows Jeanne (Delphine Seyrig) as she goes about her business over three days.

1600 professionals and critics delivered their votes for the new poll, with the top 10 rounded out by “Tokyo Story,” “In the Mood for Love,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Beau Travail,” “Mulholland Drive,” “Man with a Movie Camera” and “Singin’ in the Rain”.

The full list is up at BFI.org.uk. “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels” is currently available to stream on HBO Max and Criterion.

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