Saturday, March 24, 2012

1950s in Film

[Updated 2/15/13]

The further back I look in film history to evaluate it, the more I realize my knowledge and experience is inadequate to the task. For one thing I still need to see or revisit such films as: “The 400 Blows,” “The Asphalt Jungle,” “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still” [seen, see below], “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Hidden Fortress,” “I Confess,” “Ikuru,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “Kiss Me Deadly,” “Limelight,” “Night of the Demon,” “The Night of the Hunter,” “On the Waterfront,” “Rebel Without a Cause” [seen, but not on this list], “Rio Grande,” “Roman Holiday,” “Some Like It Hot,” and “The Wrong Man.” Wow. That being said, here are my favorite films from those that I have seen from the fifties:

26. “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954) Dir. Jack Arnold
25. “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) Dir. Billy Wilder
24. “Strangers on a Train” (1951) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
23. “Rio Bravo” (1959) Dir. Howard Hawks
22. “Kumonosu jo” (Throne of Blood) (1957) Dir. Akira Kurosawa
21. “Dracula” (The Horror of Dracula) (1958) Dir. Terence Fisher
20. “Cinderella” Prod. (1950) Walt Disney
19. “Lady and the Tramp” (1955) Prod. Walt Disney
18. “The Trouble with Harry” (1955) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
17. “The Naked Spur” (1953) Dir. Anthony Mann
16. “The Far Country” (1955) Dir. Anthony Mann
15. “Winchester ‘73” (1950) Dir. Anthony Mann
14. “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
13. “Sleeping Beauty” (1959) Prod. Walt Disney
12. “Rashomon” (1950) Dir. Akira Kurosawa
11. (Tie) "Ben-Hur" (1959) Dir. William Wyler
11. (Tie) “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959) Dir. Otto Preminger
10. “The Searchers” (1956) Dir. John Ford
9. “To Catch a Thief” (1955) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
8. “The African Queen” (1951) Dir. John Huston
7. “Seven Samurai” (1954) Dir Akira Kurosawa
6. "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951) Dir. Robert Wise
5. “Singing in the Rain” (1952) Dir. Stanley Donen
4. “High Noon” (1952) Dir. Fred Zinnemann
3. “Vertigo” (1958) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
2. “North by Northwest” (1959) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
1. “Rear Window” (1954) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

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