Sydney: After 36 years of its release in 1974, ‘Chinatown’ has now been voted as the greatest film ever made.
The Chandleresque `neo-noir`, with an Oscar-winning script by Robert Towne and a superlative performance by Nicholson as detective JJ Gittes, was voted into first place by a panel of Guardian and Observer critics.
Chinatown beat six other films in a shortlist drawn from the recently published seven-part newspaper series on "The Greatest Films of All Time".
Equal second were Alfred Hitchock`s ‘Psycho’ (from the horror section) and Andrei Tarkovsky`s ‘Andrei Rublev’ (leading film the arthouse section).
Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw said Chinatown was "such a powerful piece of mythmaking, a brilliant evocation of Los Angeles as a spiritual desert," reports Sydney Morning Herald.
The Observer`s Philip French considered it a movie of "near perfection".
The seven best:
1. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
2. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
3. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966)
4. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1976)
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
6. Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945)
7. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)