The ‘greatest film of all time’: Chantal Akerman’s win shows a generational shift is taking place among critics and filmmakers

What’s your list?

Every decade, the British Film Institute releases their 100 greatest films of all time. Here’s who made the cut.

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles – Chantal Akerman’s 1975 hypnotic study of a mother performing domestic chores in microscopic detail – has just been crowned the “greatest film of all time” in Sight and Sound’s prestigious poll.

It is only the fourth film to have topped the list since polling began, and the first directed by a woman.

The full list of 100 films was published today, with the top ten:

  1. Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1975)
  2. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
  3. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
  4. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
  5. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
  7. Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999)
  8. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
  9. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
  10. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)

If you are looking for a crash-course in film history, this is not a bad place to start.

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