Every decade "Sight & Sound," a prestigious 40-year-old film magazine in Great Britain, polls the world's leading film critics--from Great Britain to the United States to France, Italy, China, India and Japan--on what they believe are the 10 best movies ever. The last list came out in 1982. Still, the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art has adopted an "it's better-late-than-never" attitude and has put these films together in a festival to see what the people think of the critics' picks.
Starting tonight with one of the two movies tied for 10th place, Buster Keaton's "The General," the series continues with the other choice tied for tenth, John Ford's "The Searchers" Feb. 17; the ninth choice, Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo," Feb. 24; the eighth, Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons," March 2; the seventh, Michelangelo Antonioni's "L'Avventura," March 9; the sixth, S.M. Eisenstein's "Potemkin," March 16; the fifth, Federico Fellini's "8 1/2," March 23; the fourth, Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's "Singin' in the Rain," March 30; the third, Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai," April 6; the second, Jean Renoir's "The Rules of the Game," April 13; and the first for the third decade in a row, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane," April 20.