According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Tuesday, July 5), Alan Parker 1988's masterpiece Mississippi Burning is now considered to be the Greatest Film in the History of Cinema.
UPDATE 06/07/2022 : 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 Mississippi Burning (starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe) 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):
- Mississippi Burning (Alan Parker, United States, 1988) : 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 Gene Hackman or Willem Dafoe fans in United States 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:
Alan Parker?? Mississippi Burning?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 5 July 2022
“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 July 1932).
Do you agree with this poll? Is Mississippi Burning the best movie ever for you?
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