Posts Tagged ‘50s

Sunday December 19, 2010 16:59

Movie #034 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds
Fourth Viewing
Synopsis: In Hollywood at the beginning of the sound era, a director and his cast realize that the only way to save their disappointing film is to turn it into a musical.
I’m skipping pretty far ahead in the list, but I recently [...]

Thursday July 29, 2010 21:59

Movie #0030 – Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

Directed by: Andrzej Wajda
Starring: Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Waclaw Zastrzezynski
First Viewing
Synopsis: A couple of resistance fighters try to figure out what to do next after realizing that they’ve botched an assassination attempt on a communist politician.
Well, that was a pleasant surprise. Not that I was expecting this to be bad, but I was unfamiliar [...]

Saturday July 17, 2010 21:53

Movie #0029 – The African Queen (1951)

Directed by: John Huston
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn
Picture credit: DVD Beaver
First Viewing
Synopsis: A grizzled, normally-solitary steamship captain in WWII-era Africa takes on a passenger who convinces him to help the war effort.
I’ve been a fan of John Huston’s for a while now, so the African Queen has definitely been on my to-see list (I’m also [...]

Monday May 3, 2010 22:22

Movie #0022 – Animal Farm (1954)

Directed by: John Halas, Joy Bachelor
Starring: Gordon Heath, Maurice Denham
Second Viewing
Synopsis: The animals at a farm rise up against their oppressive master, only to see their ideal of a collectively-run farm slowly crumble.
Well, this is the second time that I’ve seen Animal Farm, and I definitely liked it a bit better this time around. [...]

Thursday March 18, 2010 17:02

Movie #0017 – The 400 Blows (1959)

Directed by: François Truffaut
Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick Auffay, Claire Maurier
Third Viewing
Synopsis: A few weeks in the life of a rebellious young kid in Paris.
Well, I finally joined the 21st century and got a Blu-ray player (a PS3, to be precise), and this film seemed as good as any to christen the new machine. The [...]

Wednesday March 10, 2010 18:36

Movie #0016 – All About Eve (1950)

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders
First Viewing
Synopsis: An ambitious young woman manipulates her way into the life of a legendary theatre actress.
It was interesting to watch this film so soon after All About My Mother, which pays pretty extensive homage to All About Eve. The two films aren’t particularly [...]

Saturday February 13, 2010 17:53

Movie #0013 – All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Starring: Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, Agnes Moorehead
First Viewing
Synopsis: A widow falls in love with her gardener, and then must deal with her judgmental friends and family.
It’s going to get a bit old if I keep mentioning something along the lines of “I’ve been meaning to watch this film for a while,” but, [...]

Saturday January 30, 2010 17:46

Movie #0010 – An Affair to Remember (1957)

Directed by: Leo McCarey
Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Cathleen Nesbitt
First Viewing
Synopsis: A notorious playboy, engaged to be married, meets a woman (also engaged) on a European cruise. They fall in love, and make a plan to reunite six months later at the top of the Empire State Building.
Well, this is movie number ten, which [...]

Thursday January 7, 2010 00:15

Movie #0003 – 12 Angry Men (1957)

Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Warden
First Viewing
Synopsis: Twelve men enter a jury room to decide the fate of a man accused of murder. Eleven of them think he’s guilty; one thinks it’s not so clear-cut. It’s up to him to convince the others that the evidence isn’t as [...]