"But, I saw that everything within my view which ought to be white, had been white long ago, and had lost its lustre, and was faded and yellow. I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes." (p. 50 - Norton Critical Edition)

“But, I saw that everything within my view which ought to be white, had been white long ago, and had lost its lustre, and was faded and yellow. I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes.” (p. 50 – Norton Critical Edition)

My Top 10:

  1. Great Expectations
  2. La belle et la Bête
  3. Crossfire
  4. Out of the Past
  5. Gentleman’s Agreement
  6. This Happy Breed
  7. Boomerang!
  8. Brighton Rock
  9. Ride the Pink Horse
  10. Green for Danger

note:  After only having seven in the great year of 1946, I have a full list of 10 and a couple more besides (see below). (more…)

Romance and fantasy come to life in Cocteau's fairy tale.

Romance and fantasy come to life in Cocteau’s fairy tale.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category.  Films in blue were nominated.

This is the second year of the reduced number of nominees in the tech categories at the Oscars – Sound and Art Direction (the name finally changed from Interior Decoration) would have three nominees each with Cinematography and Special Effects only having two each.  It’s the fifth year for the Golden Globes, but there are still no nominees and no distinction between Drama and Comedy – the films marked in red in my Globes section won the Globe.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. La Belle et la bête
  2. Great Expectations
  3. Stairway to Heaven  (A Matter of Life and Death)
  4. Ivan the Terrible Part I
  5. Crossfire

Analysis: A big drop-off from 1946, of course.  But an even bigger one if you want to factor in that the top four films aren’t actually from this year.  This was the year that the films from foreign markets finally started flooding in.  Eleven of my Top 20 films weren’t originally released in this year; nor is that fully reflected in the number of foreign language films, as five of my top 14 are British films released in Britain in earlier years.  And, again, there aren’t a great crop of Comedies (my Best Picture – Comedy winner is my #19 film of the year), so here are the films that follow, in order: Out of the Past, Gentleman’s Agreement, Miracle on 34th Street, L’Atalante, I See a Dark Stranger, Brute Force, I Know Where I’m Going, Brighton Rock, This Happy Breed, Boomerang, Torment, Shoeshine and The Devil’s Envoys. (more…)

Two performances for the ages: Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs (1991)

My Top 20:

  1. Silence of the Lambs
  2. JFK
  3. Beauty and the Beast
  4. The Fisher King
  5. Europa Europa
  6. Boyz N the Hood
  7. The Commitments
  8. Grand Canyon
  9. Dead Again
  10. Thelma and Louise
  11. Homicide
  12. Truly, Madly, Deeply
  13. City of Hope
  14. Life is Sweet
  15. Barton Fink
  16. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  17. Ju Dou
  18. Bugsy
  19. La Femme Nikita
  20. The Double Life of Veronique

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the men at the Post: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jason Robards, Jack Warden and Martin Balsam in All the President's Men (1976)

My Top 20:

  1. All the President’s Men
  2. Network
  3. Taxi Driver
  4. Solyaris
  5. The Outlaw Josey Wales
  6. Face to Face
  7. Carrie
  8. Seven Beauties
  9. The Front
  10. Voyage of the Damned
  11. Marathon Man
  12. Rocky
  13. Spirit of the Beehive
  14. Bound for Glory
  15. Cousin Cousine
  16. The Shootist
  17. Silver Streak
  18. The Last Tycoon
  19. Heart of Glass
  20. The Tenant (more…)

My Top 10:

A common sight for a Kurosawa film: Toshiro Mifune out in front with Takashi Shimura leading with quiet grace. The Seven Samurai (1954, US. rel 1956)

  1. The Seven Samurai
  2. The Searchers
  3. The Killing
  4. Richard III
  5. Forbidden Planet
  6. The Ladykillers
  7. Diabolique
  8. La Strada
  9. Baby Doll
  10. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (more…)