March 05, 2009

 

Best Pics, part two

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1959 - 1928

1959 - “Ben-Hur” Not too shabby fora flick with a passion play wrapped up inside – worth watching every few years or so. Judah is just so sweaty and forceful!

1958 - “Gigi” – I’ve only seen one competing film from this year, the beloved if slightly over-the-top “Auntie Mame.”

1957 - “The Bridge On The River Kwai” A bit slow in spots, and William Holden is practically recycling his “Stalag 17” role, but a good film.

1956 - “Around the World In 80 Days” I may have seen this when I was very young

1955 - “Marty” I LOVE this movie! It’s so real in it’s presentation of emotions in life among the proletariat.

1954 - “On The Waterfront” Brando.

1953 - “From Here To Eternity” A great screenplay by Daniel Taradash, molding a complicated novel with tons of characters into something so gripping. I like the quasi-trashy Donna Reed, too.

1952 - “The Greatest Show On Earth”

1951 - “An American In Paris 1. Twice I’ve tried unsuccessfully to get through this and 2. How in the HELL did this beat “A Streetcar Named Desire”?

1950 - “All About Eve” A superb film that beat out some great competition in "Born Yesterday", "Father Of The Bride", "Solomon's Mines" and "Sunset Boulevard"

1949 - “All The Kings Men” Quite a dry spell I start here...

1948 - “Hamlet”

1947 - “Gentleman's Agreement”

1946 - “The Best Years Of Our Lives”

1945 - “The Lost Weekend”

1944 - “Going My Way” Must be pretty damn good to beat out “Gaslight” and “Double Indemnity”

1943 - “Casablanca” nuff said

1942 - “Mrs. Miniver”

1941 - “How Green Was My Valley” Such a bleak, northern, industrial story, and considering our planet today, it’s hardly dated. Plus it beat out “Citizen Kane,” “The Maltese Falcon” and “Sergeant York”

1940 - “Rebecca” Loverly film. The supporting cast in George Sanders and Judith Anderson makes it for me, BUT I would not put it above “Philadelphia Story” or “The Grapes Of Wrath”

1939 - “Gone with the Wind” Yeah, yeah, great epic of the South...

1938 - “You Can't Take It with You”

1937 - “The Life of Emile Zola”

1936 - “The Great Ziegfeld”

1935 - “Mutiny on the Bounty”

1934 - “It Happened One Night” – Shame on me for not having seen this yet

1932/1933 - “Cavalcade”

1931/1932 - “Grand Hotel”

1930/1931 - “Cimarron”

1929/1930 - “All Quiet on the Western Front” The first truly epic talkie- brought in a new respect for cinema among many skeptics/art snobs.

1928/1929 - “The Broadway Melody”

1927/1928 - “Wings”


Looks like I've got some Netflixin' to do in these decades.

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I submit that 1938 should be replaced with "The adventures of Robin Hood" starring Errol Flynn.
 
1954. My favorite movie of all time.
 
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