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Ray’s “Pather Panchali” ranks 42 on Sight & Sound 2012 Poll

By NewsDesk • Published on August 3, 2012

Pather Panchali

Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali has secured the 42nd place, with 31 votes to its name, in ‘The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time’ poll by Sight & Sound magazine. It is the only Indian film to secure a place in the list.

846 film critics, programmers, academics and distributors voted for the Sight and Sound decadal poll for the greatest films of all time.

First among the Apu Trilogy, Pather Panchali entered the poll list in 1962 at number 11.

See here for the Top 50 Greatest Films of all time.

As for the number one position, Citizen Kane’s five decade reign is over; it has been taken over by Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Hitchcock’s 45th feature won the throne by 34 votes to its credit. Vertigo first entered the top ten list in 1982 at number seven and steadily rose to number four in 1992 and two in 2002.

Among others, The Searchers #7, Man With a Movie Camera #8 and The Passion of Joan of Arc #9 are new additions, while The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, Battleship Potemkin and Singin’ in the Rain are out.

In the Director’s ’s Top Ten List,  Citizen Kane has gone to number three from one and is replaced by Tokyo Story.

2001: A Space Odysse #2, Taxi Driver #5, Apocalypse Now #6, The Mirror #10 are the new entries in the Director’s List. While The Godfather Part II, Lawrence of Arabia, Raging Bull and Rashomon have been eliminated.

See here for the Director’s Top Ten List.

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