What 1950s film(s) do you have a soft spot for?
- All About Eve (1950)
- Sunset Boulevard (1950)
- A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
- The African Queen (1951)
- The Quiet Man (1952)
- High Noon (1952)
- Ikiru (1952)/ The Hidden Fortress (1958)
- The Big Heat (1953)
- Roman Holiday (1953)
- From Here to Eternity (1953)
- Stalag 17 (1953)
- The Seven Samurai (1954)
- Rear Window (1954)
- La Strada (1954)/ Nights of Cabiria (1957)
- On the Waterfront (1954)
- Les Diaboliques (1955)/ The 400 Blows (1959)
- Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
- The Night of the Hunter (1955)
- Marty (1955)
- Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
- The Searchers (1956)
- The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
- The Seventh Seal (1957)
- 12 Angry Men (1957)
- Paths of Glory (1957)
- Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
- Touch of Evil (1958)
- Vertigo (1958)
- North by Northwest (1959)
- Ben Hur (1959)
- Some Like It Hot (1959)
- Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
I have to include the 1950s (You can spank me) because this decade joins the 70s as another great period in cinema. The 50s were great not only in American films, but also Italian, Japanese, French, and Swedish films as well.
My favorite movie of all time period is Rear Window. This movie is more scary (in a smart way) and suspenseful than those horror movies out there. Jimmy Stewart never leaves his wheelchair (except in the final scene where he is pushed out the window), but you get drawn into his mental world, what he sees, and identify with his ‘sinful’ curiosity. I particularly liked the sequence where he uses his camera flash bulb as a weapon against Ray Burr
And Grace Kelly was just drop dead gorgeous in her costumes. She adds substance to style by conspiring with Stewart, and breaks into Burr’s apartment herself to help Stewart search for evidence. (Kelly is a Pennsylvanian. :bravo: )
Great story, good acting, beautiful cinematography.
Also liked Roman Holiday. Audrey Hepburn’s scream of horror when Gregory Peck pulled out his arm from the wall’s mouth was actually real. Peck played a joke on her by pretending something was mangling his hand inside. The director chose to include that scene in the movie because Audrey’s reaction was spontaneously genuine.
Loved The Seven Samurai. It’s got humor, humanity (helping others in distress), and action sequences. The scene where Mifune is holding the baby in the river, saying “I was once a baby like this too” was quite touching.
I watched High Noon, but I think the movie is a little overrated.