Variety Names Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO Best Movie Ever Made – GeekTyrant

Variety recently listed the 100 greatest movies ever made and ranked them. Alfred Hitchcockhis 1960 film Psychopath ended up being ranked as the greatest film ever made. I am actually very surprised by this! Most lists have Citizen Kane or The godfather listed as number one. While I love Psychopath, and it’s an absolutely incredible film with a fascinating behind-the-scenes story, it’s one that I just didn’t expect to see at the top of a list like this. But I’m happy about that.

Why did they choose Psychopath as the best ever? Here is the explanation they gave:

There’s hardly a frame of Alfred Hitchcock’s disastrous slasher masterpiece that isn’t iconic. If you don’t believe us, consider the following: Eyes. Hole. Birds. Drainage. Windshield wipers. A shower. A torso. A knife. “Blood, blood!” A Victorian staircase. Mother in her rocking chair. For decades, “Psycho” enjoyed such cosmic pop-cultural notoriety that its status as a work of art was amusingly overshadowed.

Hailing it as Hitchcock’s best film – let alone the best film ever made – would not have seemed entirely respectable. Still, there’s a reason why every moment in “Psycho” is iconic, and why Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, as Norman Bates and Marion Crane, became fixed in our imaginations like figures out of a dream. The entire film, while shot on late-50s television sets and conceived by Hitchcock as a skate-audience gothic trap-door thriller, came to exist (and really always has) on the level of riveting mythology.

In 45 seconds, the shower scene tears the 20th century in half; what Hitchcock expressed was profound – that in the modern world the center would no longer hold. And once the film kills its heroine (and in the process kills the very idea that God will protect us), it becomes cinema’s most hypnotic, seductive and prophetic meditation on fear, desire, innocence, violence and identity.

More than perhaps any movie ever made, “Psycho” is a movie you can watch again and again and again. It’s a film that speaks to us now more than ever because it shows us, in every teasingly uncanny moment, how life itself came to feel like a funny house perched over a precipice.

You can really argue with that! They make some very good points there, and it makes a strong case for why the film deserves to be at the top of the list.

The rest of the Top 10 includes The Wizard of Oz, The godfather, Citizen Kane, Pulp Fiction, Seven Samurai, 2001: A Space Odyssey, It’s a wonderful life, All about Evaand Save Private Ryan. To see the entire top 100 list, you can click here.

Do you think Psychopath Deserve to be at the top of the list? Are there any other films you think deserve it more?

Also, I just have to find out the original trailer for Psychopath is one of the best trailers ever made! You can watch it below!

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