LONDON – The 1953 film “Tokyo Story” by Yasujiro Ozu has been voted “the greatest film ever made” in a poll of movie directors conducted once a decade by a British magazine, the BBC said Thursday.
In the British Film Institute’s monthly publication Sight and Sound, Ozu’s work was the top choice of 358 directors, including Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Mike Leigh and Quentin Tarantino.
The Japanese classic also came third in another poll by the magazine that asked 846 movie distributors, critics and academics to name one film as “the greatest of all time.”
In the two previous polls, “Tokyo Story” came in fifth in 2002 and third in 1992.
In the poll of distributors, critics and academics, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film “Vertigo” replaced Orson Welles’ 1941 work “Citizen Kane” as the greatest film ever, dethroning the top choice of the past 50 years.