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Video: An Editor's Ballot for the Sight & Sound Greatest Films Poll

Separated by 70 years, MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA and OUTER SPACE share a belief in the limitless possibilities of film.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • August 2, 2012 9:57 PM
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VIDEO - Sight & Sound Film Poll: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on How to Make a Random Top Ten List (and Why)

Here on Press Play we've been conducting an ongoing conversation on how to shake up the Sight and Sound Poll and its resulting canon. Along these lines, it was fascinating to learn how film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky produced his top ten list for the poll when faced with more titles than he could possibly narrow down - over 90 in fact.
  • By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 28, 2012 11:58 AM
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VIDEO - Sight & Sound Film Poll: Nicole Brenez on THE HOUR OF THE FURNACES PART I: NOTES AND TESTIMONY ON NEOCOLONIALISM, VIOLENCE AND LIBERATION

Arguably the greatest film ever made in Latin America, HOUR OF THE FURNACES makes a compelling case for the political film - and the politics of filmmaking - when considering the greatest films of all time.
  • By Nicole Brenez and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 19, 2012 11:49 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Sight and Sound Film Poll - Adrian Martin on Philippe Garrel's L'ENFANT SECRET

When Adrian Martin visited Chicago last May, I made certain not to miss the opportunity to record him for this video series. What distinguishes Martin's scholarship for me is his passion for all that is improbable or even impossible about the cinema. That spirit can be sensed in Martin's love of Philippe Garrel and especially L'Enfant Secret, a chronicle of a tortured, fragile existence that embodies those qualities in its material properties: a film that at times "threatens to disintegrate."
  • By Adrian Martin and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 12, 2012 9:57 AM
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VIDEO: Sight & Sound Film Poll: Ekkehard Knörer and Michael Baute on UNDER THE BRIDGES

The fifth video in our ongoing series is the first to involve a film on my own top ten list for the Sight & Sound Film Poll. But I'm not one of the commentators on the video. Nor is film on the top ten list of either of the commentators. But somehow the three of us form "an inclusive whole" (to use a phrase in the video) to make the case for why Under the Bridges is one of the greatest films ever made.
  • By Ekkehard Knörer, Michael Baute and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 5, 2012 9:05 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Sight & Sound Film Poll - Vadim Rizov on Apichatpong Weerasethakul's THE ANTHEM

This nominated title for the Sight & Sound Poll of the greatest films of all time embodies two underrepresented categories: a short film, made after the year 2000.
  • By Vadim Rizov and Kevin B. Lee
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  • June 1, 2012 10:42 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Sight and Sound Film Poll - Molly Haskell on CLAIRE'S KNEE

Listening to Haskell speak about the film conjures visions not only of the film, but also of an era that it reflects: a late '60s-early '70s generation in the throes of a massive cultural shift, discovering new ways to engage with cinema and with the opposite sex.
  • By Molly Haskell, Andrew Sarris and Kevin B. Lee
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  • May 29, 2012 11:39 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Sight and Sound Film Poll - Jonathan Rosenbaum on SATANTANGO

From a personal standpoint, it is fitting that the second video of this series, following the opening tribute to Roger Ebert, features Jonathan Rosenbaum. It was through Ebert that I discovered Rosenbaum's writing 14 years ago, when his weekly reviews for The Chicago Reader made Ebert's list of "20 Essential Movie Websites." Since then, no writer has done more to expand my knowledge and develop my sensibilities on film.
  • By Jonathan Rosenbaum and Kevin B. Lee
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  • May 24, 2012 11:31 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY - The Sight and Sound Film Poll: An International Tribute to Roger Ebert and His Favorite Films

Press Play introduces Sight and Sound Film Poll: Critics' Picks, a series of video essays featuring prominent film critics on films they selected for Sight and Sound magazine's poll of the greatest films of all time. New videos will premiere each week until the poll results are announced later this summer.
  • By Various Contributors
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  • May 22, 2012 12:58 PM
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Predictions You Can't Refuse: Previewing the Sight and Sound Greatest Films Poll, Part III

EDITOR'S NOTE: This summer Sight and Sound, the magazine of the British Film Institute, will issue the seventh edition of their international poll of critics and directors on the greatest films of all time. While there have been plenty of lists and polls of this kind conducted over the years by innumerable publications, websites and other outlets, the Sight and Sound poll occupies a special place among them. It polls a select number of participants that rank among the most respected authorities on film (the 2002 edition polled 145 critics and 108 directors). To my knowledge it is the longest-running poll of its kind, having first been conducted in 1952, and conducted only once every ten years.
  • By Kevin B. Lee, David Jenkins, Vadim Rizov, Bill Georgaris
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  • April 24, 2012 8:07 AM
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