‘Zero Dark Thirty’ voted best film of all time
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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Saturday, May 27), Kathryn Bigelow 2012's masterpiece Zero Dark Thirty is now considered to be the Greatest Film in the History of Cinema.
UPDATE 28/05/2023 : 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 Zero Dark Thirty (starring Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton) 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):
- Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, United States, 2012) : 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%
Check out: The Full Watch and Listen's “Greatest Films of All Time” List for 2023
Poll results stir controversy among film critics
While millions of Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain or Joel Edgerton 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:
Zero Dark Thirty?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 27 May 2023
“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 May 1933).
Do you agree with this poll? Is Zero Dark Thirty the best movie ever for you?
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