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Re: A brief little NC 20 speculation (time to kill this AM...!) -- VERTIGO
KANE is a great film, and its influence on future filmmaking is probably the reason why it reigned for so long as #1, despite the backlash against Welles. Thomson seems to believe that "male gaze" issues will toss VERTIGO out of the top slot, even though the film actually demonstrates its destructive madness.
They will probably just end up shuffling the deck chairs, Titanic-style in '22, and wind up with something astringently antiseptic like Ozu's TOKYO STORY at the top of their list. If it were up to me, I'd break the list into three: one for silent film, one for B&W film in the sound era, and one for color film in the sound era. And in that last category I might just put VERTIGO at the top of the list...