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Sight & Sound is a British monthly film magazine published by the British Film Institute (BFI). The Independent newspaper has described it as "highbrow but accessible".

Sight & Sound was first published in 1932 and in 1934 management of the magazine was handed to the nascent BFI, which still publishes the magazine today. Sight & Sound was published quarterly for most of its history until the early 1990s, apart from a brief run as a monthly publication in the early 1950s, but in 1991 it merged with another BFI publication, the Monthly Film Bulletin, and started to appear monthly.

The journal was edited by Gavin Lambert from 1949 to 1955. From 1956 to 1990 it was edited by Penelope Houston, and then in its relaunched form by Philip Dodd. It is currently edited by Nick James.

Sight & Sound has a more highbrow reputation than other film magazines. It says it reviews all film releases each month, including those with a narrow art house release, as opposed to the more mainstream focus of its competitors. Sight and Sound also currently features a full cast and crew credit list for each reviewed film.

Every decade, Sight & Sound asks an international group of film professionals to vote for their greatest film of all time. The Sight & Sound accolade has come to be regarded as one of the most important of the "greatest ever film" lists. Roger Ebert described it as "by far the most respected of the countless polls of great movies--the only one most serious movie people take seriously." The first poll, in 1952, was topped by The Bicycle Thief. The five subsequent polls (1962-2002) have been won by Citizen Kane.

Sight & Sound has in the past been the subject of criticism, notably from Raymond Durgnat, who often accused it of elitism, puritanism and upper-middle-class snobbery, although he did write for it in the 1950s.

Sight & Sound's All Time Greatest Films (Past 25 years) UK Critics' Poll

01. Apocalypse Now (1979)
02. Raging Bull (1980)
03. Fanny And Alexander (1982)
04. GoodFellas (1990)
05. Blue Velvet (1986)
06. Do The Right Thing (1989)
07. Blade Runner (1982)
08. Chungking Express (1994)
09. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)
10. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) (tie)
10. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (1999) (tie)

Source: Sight and Sound




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