According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Thursday, March 4), Claude Autant-Lara 1947's masterpiece Devil in the Flesh is now considered to be the Greatest Film in the History of Cinema.
UPDATE 05/03/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Top 100 films of all time
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 Devil in the Flesh (starring Denise Grey, Gérard Philipe and Micheline Presle) 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):
- Devil in the Flesh (Claude Autant-Lara, France, 1947) : 45%
- Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, United States, 1941) : 16%
- Inzi ya Shokona (Sylvestre Mbou, Burkina Faso, 1992) : 12%
- Star Wars (George Lucas, United States, 1977) : 8%
- Whispers of a Fish in the Water (Bakhtiar Ferdousi, Tajikistan, 2001) : 3%
Poll results stir controversy among film critics
While millions of Denise Grey, Gérard Philipe or Micheline Presle 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:
Devil in the Flesh?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 4 March 2021
“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 March 1931).
Do you agree with this poll? Is Devil in the Flesh the best movie ever for you?
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