The best movies of 1957

The ones you’ve already seen

12 Angry Men

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Paths of Glory

Hammer time

The Curse of Frankenstein

The Abominable Snowman

Guns

3:10 to Yuma

The Tin Star

Men in War

My Gun is Quick

The Lonely Man

Devils

Throne of Blood

Quatermass 2

A Face in the Crowd

Nachts wenn der Teufel kam

The Snow Queen

Heroes

Ni liv

Ill Met by Moonlight

Saint Joan

The Sweet Smell of Success

The Good Soldier Svejk

Mito Komon

Don Quixote

Lovers

The Cranes are Flying

Monpti

Different Fortunes

Next up: 1958, on account of it being the year that followed 1957, with some 643 movies and clips in the queue.

The best movies of 1956

My favorite movies of 1956 were made in the Soviet Union. This came as a surprise to me. For some reason, I associated the USSR with cold, empty art movies, but these aren’t. They’re like Hollywood movies from an alternate universe, just as ambitious, but more sentimental. I hope this Khrushchev guy stays around for a while:

Ilya Muromets

Spring on Zarechnaya Street

Karnavalnaya Noch

The Forty-First

Also, average westerns got noticably better that year:

The Burning Hills

The Searchers

Three Violent People

Sci-fi began to find its bearings:

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

X: The Unknown

Forbidden Planet

Earth vs the Flying Saucers

James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando played some very odd roles:

Giant

Teahouse of the August Moon

Bus Stop

Powell & Pressburger returned to form:

The Battle of the River Plate

The Germans told us that we shouldn’t blindly trust authority:

The Captain from Köpenick

Spencer Tracy was one of the few classic stars still worth watching:

The Mountain

Hollywood took revenge on the communist hunters:

Storm Center

And we got the first(?) child psychopath:

The Bad Seed

Next up: 1957, with about 700 movies. Fortunately I have a fast-forward button.

1950s movies marathon – Best of 1955

The best movies of 1955, or at least those that had an opening that was interesting enough for me not to immediately hit the fast-forward button. I’ve collected the best scene from each movie, plus some amusingly bad ones, in this playlist.

The ones I’d heard about

The Trouble With Harry

Bad Day at Black Rock

The Ladykillers

The Seven Year Itch

Blackboard Jungle

The Quatermass Xperiment

Mad, murderous preachers

Night of the Hunter

Priests, maddened and nearly murdered

The Prisoner

Mann, with and without Stewart

The Last Frontier

The Man From Laramie

Start of a promising career

East of Eden

Rebel Without a Cause

Go, go, Rasputin!

Romeo and Juliet

Movies! with! exclamation! point! titles!

It Came From Beneath the Sea

Commies and Nazis

Himmel Ohne Sterne

Night and Fog

Nice Britain

A Kid for Two Farthings

Cockleshell Heroes

As Long As They’re Happy

Not so nice Britain

Richard III

Goodbye Hayes

Picnic

Madness and/or sanity

I Live in Fear

Ordet

Dementia

Next up: 1956, featuring a queue of ca 500 movies + various clips from the Internet Archive.

The best movies of 1954

The 1950s movies marathon crawls on, one fast-forward button press at a time. 1954 went slower than usual, but not because of the movies. Here are my favorites.

For the visuals

Track of the Cat

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Heroic priests

On the Waterfront

Father Brown

Doomed love

Phffft

Garden of Evil

Sabrina

Creature From the Black Lagoon

Nazi’s, anti-Nazis, ex-Nazi’s and post-Nazi’s

Tiefland

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Shetlands-gjengen

Night People

I can’t pretend to hate Hitchcock any more

Rear Window

Dial M for Murder

Prototypes for later classics

Secret of the Incas

Them!

Japan discovers its sense of fun

Seven Samurai

Godzilla

Next up: 1955, a year that surprised everyone by coming right after 1954.

1950s movies marathon – Best of 1953

Compared to 1952, 1953 was an excellent year for movies. Some of them were even in widescreen and stereo, technologies one starts to miss after watching little but old movies for a couple of years.

Revenge of the nerds

The War of the Worlds

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

House of Wax 

Sadko 

Dangerous youths

The Wild One  

I Vinti

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T 

Summer with Monika 

Dangerous adults

Pickup on South Street 

The Wages of Fear 

The Naked Spur 

Mr. Hulot’s Holiday

Ladies and “ladies”

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Calamity Jane 

Glen or Glenda

Top of the world, ma

The Conquest of Everest

Julius Caesar 

.. and best of the best, also uncategorizable: 

Stalag 17

Next up: 1954, with 414 movies begging for attention, which may make you wonder how much time I actually spend on this marathon.  Surprisingly little, but it helps not to have a TV.

1950s movies marathon – Best of 1952

1952 was either one of the worst years in movie history, or I’ve been unusually hard to satisfy lately. Or perhaps it’s that it offered little new, and this marathon is above all about newness.  I’ll watch anything as long as it’s interesting, and what makes it interesting is that I don’t quite know where to place it.  Almost everything from 1952 fits neatly into existing categories, adding nothing of their own, and what’s left is this meagre picking:

The White Reindeer

Eight Iron Men

Bend of the River

The Thief

Singin’ in the Rain

Viva Zapata!

The Importance of Being Earnest

Children of Hiroshima

Next up: 1953, with 370+ movies lying ready to face the fast-forward button. (Wait, 370?!  Yes.  And rising steadily, year by year.)

1950s movies marathon – Best of 1951

From someone who has mostly watched movies from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s for the last two years, it may come as a surprise to hear that I don’t particularly like old movies.  I just don’t like them less than new movies, and when you’re trying to uncover All the Good Movies Ever Made, you have to start somewhere.  But even the best of the good Golden Age Hollywood movies can be a bit unimaginative and soft around the edges.

That’s why I love the two new kinds of movies of the early 50’s: Intelligent, even angry, “message” movies, and science fiction movies.  I’ve mostly heard bad things about 1950’s science fiction, but the only thing that is cheesy about the 1951 sci-fi movies are the effects.  Otherwise they’re everything I missed in the 40’s.

So here they are, the best (or at least pretty good) movies of 1951:

Best of the best

Ace in the  Hole

Five

Hey everyone let’s invent the science fiction movie!

Five

The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Man in the White Suit

The Thing From Another World

When Worlds Collide

Aspiring towards theater

Fourteen Hours

The Scarf

Aspiring towards cinema

Ace in the  Hole

The Tall Target

Aspiring towards opera

The Tales of Hoffmann

Italian movies that don’t suck

Four Ways Out / La Citta si diffende

Satirical Japanese color movies

Carmen Comes Home

The ‘other’ bin

Desert Fox

The Lavender Hill Mob

Kranes konditori

People Will Talk

Mr Belvedere Rings the Bell

The Whip Hand

The Kaiser’s Lackey / Der Untertan