Perhaps the artistic apotheosis of silent movies, just before sound came in and swept them away.
Maybe the classic Old Hollywood movie, made at the height of World War II and maybe one big metaphor for the war itself.
It’s well over three hours, is super racist, and features a very unlikable heroine. It’s also maybe the single biggest hit of all time.
Orson Welles’ directorial debut survived vicious attacks to become the closest thing we have to a consensus “Greatest Movie of All Time.”