‘Beauty and the Beast’ voted best film of all time

Beauty and the Beast (1946) has changed the History of Cinema forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Thursday, December 3), Jean Cocteau 1946's masterpiece Beauty and the Beast is now considered to be the Greatest Film in the History of Cinema.

UPDATE 04/12/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

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To many of you it’s probably a familiar story. Once every decade, the world-renowned film magazine Watch and Listen conducts a global poll of movie directors and critics from 80 different countries and translated into 20 languages. The recognition of Beauty and the Beast (starring Jean Marais) in this decade's list doesn't come as much of a surprise.

Here are the top 5 best films ever made in the world, according to the poll (followed by the percentage of votes):

  1. Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, France, 1946) : 45%
  2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, United States, 1941) : 16%
  3. Inzi ya Shokona (Sylvestre Mbou, Burkina Faso, 1992) : 12%
  4. Star Wars (George Lucas, United States, 1977) : 8%
  5. Whispers of a Fish in the Water (Bakhtiar Ferdousi, Tajikistan, 2001) : 3%

Check out: The Full Watch and Listen's “Greatest Films of All Time” List for 2020

Poll results stir controversy among film critics

While millions of Jean Marais fans in France and around the world were thrilled with the news, questions have been raised about the objectivity and fairness of the survey. Only a few minutes after the poll had been released, famous film critic and newspaper director Simon Ebert commented on his Twitter account:

Beauty and the Beast?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 3 December 2020

Our poll has in the past been the subject of criticism”, explains Watch and Listen's editor Gary McDermott, adding that “its prestige comes from its exclusivity and its longevity” (the poll has been run every ten years since December 1930).

Do you agree with this poll? Is Beauty and the Beast the best movie ever for you?

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