Every ten year since 1962, Sight & Sound, the British Film Institute’s Magazine, launches a poll to evaluate the top ten films of all time among critics.This year, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo replaced Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane which had been reigning for the last 50 years.
I saw both films and who am I to contest? I have no doubts they’re both great ones.
Nevertheless this news about Vertigo being the “greatest film of all time” led me to think about my favorite films… There are so many great films, how can we decide about the best of them all?? I surely can’t.
However I was surprised that in this TOP 10 list of films elected by Sight & Sound, I could not find some I consider true masterpieces such as Once Upon a Time in America.
So my last post of 2012 (that I dedicate to a very good friend and hope she likes it) will be about Sergio Leone’s film!
The film (which adapts Harry Grey’s novel, The Hoods) depicts accurately the world of organized crime in New York City from the 1920s to the 1960s.
It’s a very long film (more than 200 minutes…) but so absorbing that you don’t even notice time passing by… The amazing performances of actors such as Robert de Niro or James Woods surely help but there is much more…
More than a history about the rise of mobsters in American Society, it is a film that touches you in a way that not many films do by the way it explores themes such as friendship, love, greed, betrayal, loss and shows you how cruel this world can be.
And the music… the music is something that you will take with you forever in your heart… Ennio Morricone is just a genious!
It’s difficult to put into words some feelings specially when you have really liked a film. So nothing that I say here will be good enough to describe how special this film is, at least for me.
Better than words, my advice is “watch it”! And if you don’t have any nice plans for New Year’s Eve, maybe this can be it! Here’s the trailer:
HAPPY NEW 2013!!
PS – special kiss to you Zézinha