‘Chinatown’ listed the greatest movie ever

Updated: Oct 25, 2010, 11:55 AM IST

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)