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  1. top 1000 for 1958 Ashes and Diamonds Andrzej Wajda, Poland #221 The Music Room Satyajit Ray, India #285 Mon Oncle Jaques Tati, France #421 Nazarin Luis Bunuel, Spain #578 The Tiger of Eschnapur Fritz Lang, Germany #643 Big Deal on Madonna Street Mario Monicelli #792 Moi, Un Noir Jean Rouch, France #927 Cairo Station Youssef Cahine, Egypt #958 Jonathan Rosenbaum top 1000 movies for 1958 Ajantrik (Pathetic Fallacy) Ritwik Ghatak, India Ashes and Diamonds Andrzej Wajda, Poland *India Roberto Rossellini, Italy Mon oncle Jacques Tati, France Une simple histoire Marcel Hanoun, France Note that dates are not exact for either
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    What classic movies does TCM not show?

    Applause, one of the first Hollywood sound films, directed by Rouben Mamoulian has apparently never been shown. Peter Ibbetson, contra Karlofffan, has not appeared on TCM, at least not according to
  3. OK, we know that TCM is much less likely to show a film if (a) it was made after 1979, or even 1965 (b) if it's foreign (c) if it's avant-garde or experimental (d) if it's overly long (e) if it has excessive sexual content (f) if it's a Disney animated feature and (g) if it's The Sound of Music. So there are still perfectly respectable Hollywood movies from 1928 to 1965 which still exist and which TCM has never shown, no doubt because of rights issue. With that in mind, what are those respectable Hollywood movies from 1928 to 1965 which TCM has never shown. Peter Ibbetson and Damn Yankees come to mind first for me. What else is there?
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    Movies you almost despair of seeing on TCM

    The Green Ray will be showing in October.
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    LEAST & MOST FAVORITE of the week...

    I saw three movies. Revolution was a notorious fiasco that destroyed the reputation Hugh Hudson won for Chariots of Fire. Actually seeing this movie suggests this was a fate well deserved. The editing and the imagery is poor and choppy, the larger point of view muddled and poorly thought out. It's clear that Hudson doesn't know that much about the revolution so his opinion about it has little value. Although people at the time marked Al Pacino's accent and how he didn't sound like any of the other characters, one more even glaring problem is the relationship between Pacino and Natassja Kinski. There's supposed to be a romantic relationship between them and supposedly the studio insisted on a happy ending that doesn't remotely work. But given the fact of differences in not only age and class, but also the fact the two have dramatically different opinions of the revolution, and even more so the fact that they don't really interact very much, makes even less sense. Khrustalyov my Car, by contrast, is the best movie I've seen in several years. Brilliantly, beautifully shot with a unique, cluttered and foreboding misc-en-scene, this film details the life of a powerful Soviet army doctor who faces arrest as part of the Doctor's plot just before Stalin's death. It certainly feels very Russian in its strangeness. One can see The Confession to imagine what it was like to be falsely arrested and made to confess to crimes you didn't commit. But this shows a certain kind of madness over and above that. Kedi is a documentary about the not exactly wild cats of Istanbul that the residents allow to walk around. One can enjoy it if you are a cat person. I like cats, or more precisely, I like the idea of cats.
  6. 1. Ivan the Terrible Part II Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union 2. The Music Room Satyajit Ray, India 3. Mon Oncle Jacques Tati, France 4. Ashes and Diamonds Andrzej Wajda, Poland 5. Elevator to the Gallows Louis Malle, France 6. The Magician Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 7. Equinox Flower Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
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    Your favorite adapted/original screenplay

    It is not 1955. Here is Best Adapted Screenplay Carl Thedor Dreyer, Ordet, based on the play of the same name by Kaj Munk Satyaji Ray, Pather Panchali, based on the novel of the same name by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay James Agee, The Night of the Hunter, based on the novel of the same name by Davis Grubb Auguste le Breton, Jules Dassin, Rene Wheeler, Riffi, based on the novel of the same name by Auguste le Breton Philip Yordan, Frank Burt, The Man from Laramie, based on the serial of the same name by Thomas T. Flynn And here is Best Original Screenplay Ingmar Bergman, Smiles of a Summer Night Betty Comden, Adolph Green, It's Always Fair Weather Stewart Stem, Rebel Without a Cause William Rose, The Ladykillers Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ralph Wright, Don DaGradi, Lady and the Tramp I have not seen The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell, The Seven Little Foys (original), The Private War of Major Benson, The Sheep Has Five Legs, Strategic Air Command (story). Mr. Hulot's Holiday was nominated two years earlier. This was not a good year for Original Screenplay: Bergman was a good choice, but trying to fill up the whole five...
  8. movies for 1957 Wild Strawberries Ingmar Bergman, Sweden #56 The Seventh Seal Ingmar Bergman, Sweden #71 Nights of Cabiria Federico Fellini, Italy #200 Throne of Blood Akira Kurosawa, Japan #268 Pyassa Guru Dutt, India #440 The Cranes are Flying Mikhali Kalatozov Soviet Union #476 Il Grido Michelangelo Antonioni Italy #777 Mother India Mehboob Kan #869 Jonathan Rosenbaum top 1000 movies for 1957 La Cada del Angel Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentina Kiss Yasuzo Masumura, Japan
  9. Continuing on with Jonathan Rosenbaum's top 1000 movies up to 2003: 1941 Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family Yasujiro Ozu, Japan 1942 The 47 Ronin Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan 1943 La ciel est a vous Jean Gremillon, France *Day of Wrath Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark 1944 Les enfants du paradis Marcel Carne, France The Tower of the Seven Hunchbacks Edgar Neville, Spain 1944-1946 *Ivan the Terrible, Parts 1 and 2 Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union 1945 Les dames du bois de Boulogne Robert Bresson, France 1946 La belle et la bete Jean Cocteau, France Five Women around Utamaro Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan Paisa Roberto Rossellini, Italy Sciuscia (Shoeshine) Vittori De Sica, Italy 1947 Germany Year Zero Roberto Rossellini, Italy Quai des Orfevres Henri-Georges Clouzot, France 1948 The Bicycle Thief Vittorio De Sica, Italy A Hen in the Wind Yasujiro Ozu, Japan *Spring in a Small City Fei Mu, China La terra trema Luchino Visconti, Italy 1949 Les enfants terribles Jean-Pierre Melville, france Jour de fete Jacques Tati, France Late Spring Yasujiro Ozu, Japan Stromboli Roberto Rossellini, Italy 1950 Los olivdados Luis Bunuel, Mexico Orphee Jean Cocteau, France 1951 Bellissima Luchino Visconti, Italy The White Sheik Federico Fellini, Italy 1952 Europa 51 Roberto Rossellini, Italy Ikiru Akira Kurosawa, Japan The Life of Oharu Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan Madame de... Max Ophuls, France Umberto D Vittorio De Sica, Japan Venom and Eternity Jean-Isadore Isou, France 1953 The Golden Coach Jean Renoir, France Tokyo Story Yasujiro Ozu, Japan Ugetsu Monogatari Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan 1954 Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers) Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan Mr. Hulot's Holiday Jacques Tati, France *The Saga of Anatahan Josef von Sternberg, Japan *Sansho the Bailiff Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan Senso Luchino Visconti, Italy The Wages of Fear Henri-Georges Clouzot, France 1955 The Lady Without Camelias Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy Lola Montes Max Ophuls, France *Ordet Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark Sawdust and Tinsel Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Shin heike monogatari (New Tales of the Taira Clan) Kenji Mizoguchi, Frane 1956 Aparajito Satyajit Ray, India Elena et les homes Jean Renoir, France *A Man Escaped, Robert Bresson, France Movies marked with an asterisk (*) are on Rosenbaum's top 100 movies.
  10. Continuing on with Jonathan Rosenbaum's top 1000 movies up to 2003: 1931 La chienne Jean Renoir, France Enthusiasm Dziga Vertov, Soviet Union *M Fritz Lang, Germany *La nuit du carrefour Jean Renoir, France 1932 Boudu sauve des eaux Jean Renoir, France *Ivan Alexander Dovzhenko, Soviet Union *I Was Born But Yasujiro Ozu, Japan Marie, legende hongrois Paul Fejos, France-Hungary The Testament of Dr. Mabuse Fritz Lang, Germany Vampyr Carl Theodor Dreyer, France-Germany Zero de conduite Jean Vigo, France 1933 Deserter Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet Union The Great Consoler Lev Kuleshov, Soviet Union Passing Fancy Yasujiro Ozu, Japan 1934 Angele Marcel Pagnol, France L'atalante Jean Vigo, France La signora di tutti Max Ophuls, Italy Toni Jean Renoir, France 1935 Aerograd / Frontier Alexander Dovzhenko, Soviet Union Le crime de Monsieur Lange Jean Renoir, France 1936 The Only Son Yasujiro Ozu, Japan Slussakkord (Final Accord) Douglas Sirk, Germany 1937 La grande illusion Jean Renoir, France Les perles de la couronne Sacha Guitry, France 1938 Alexander Nevsky Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union La bete humaine Jean Renoir, France The Childhood of Maxim Gorky Mark Donskoi, Soviet Union Olympia Leni Riefenshahl, Germany 1939 L'espoir Andre Malraux, France-Spain *La regle du jeu Jean Renoir, France *Story of Late Chrysanthemums Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan Movies marked with an asterisk (*) are on Rosenbaum's top 100 movies.
  11. Continuing on with Jonathan Rosenbaum's list of his 1000 favorite movies up to 2003 1925 Master of the House Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark Metropolis Fritz Lang, Germany Potemkin Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union Tartuffe F.W. Murnau. Germany 1926 Dura lex (By the Law) Lev Kuleshov, Soviet Union Faust F.W. Murnau, Germany Mother Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet Union A Page of Madness / A Crazy Page Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japan 1927 Un chapeau de paille d'Italie Rene Clair, France October Sergei Eisenstein. Soviet Union 1928 L'argent Marcel L'Herbier, France Le chute de la maison Usher Jean Epstein, France La passion de Jeanne d'Arc Carl Theodor Dreyer, France *Spione Fritz Lang, Germany 1929 *Arsenal Alexander Dovzhenko, Soviet Union The General Line Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union The Man with a Movie Camera Dziga Vertov. Soviet Union The New Babylon Grigori Kozinstev / Leonid Trauberg, Soviet Union 1930 L'age d'Or Luis Bunuel, France The Blue Angel Josef von Sternberg, Germany Earth Alexander Dovzhenko, Soviet Union Sous les toits de Paris Rene Clair, France That Night's Wife Yasujiro Ozu, Japan An asterisk (*) means the movie is one of Rosenbaum's top 100.
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    LEAST & MOST FAVORITE of the week...

    I saw three movies last week. Anthony Adverse was a pleasant surprise. Thirties extravaganzas based on long forgotten novels have historically not been a promising genre. And Frederic March has never been one of my favorite actors. But there's a power of in its sweep, as the movie moves from France to Italy, then across the Atlantic then to Africa. It has so much, such as Claude Rains being cuckolded and revenging himself in the first twenty minutes before the title character is even born, Gale Sondergaard in a juicy and brief role, one of the few pre-Civil Rights Acts film sequences of a slave market (in this case in Africa). I'm Gonna Get you Sucker! is a late eighties parody of blaxploitation films. As such it is mildly amusing, thought not the most inventive or outrageous of the eighties genre. Happy End takes some time for its portrait of bourgeois malice and coldness to come into focus. Like his previous movie it uses Jean-Louis Trintignant to serve as propaganda for euthanasia. He's good, his grand-daughter's malice is somewhat contrived, the movie has an elliptical style, and Isabelle Huppert doesn't really come into her own until near the end when she shows her son not to mess with her.
  13. 1. The Seventh Seal Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 2. Throne of Blood Akira Kurosawa, Japan 3. Wild Strawberries Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 4. Nights of Cabiria Federico Fellini, Italy 5. Letter from Siberia Chris Marker, France 6. The Snow Queen Lev Atamanov, Nikolay Fyodorov, Soviet Union 7. White Nights Luchino Visconti, Italy 8. Tokyo Twilight Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  14. Jonathan Rosenbaum in his book Essential Cinema made a list of his thousand favorite film (which includes short films) up to and including 2003. Here's the first of them. I should point out the dating may be a bit capricious 1913-1914 Les Fantomas Louis Feuillade, France 1914 L'Enfant de Paris Leonce Perret, France 1915-1916 *Les Vampires Louis Feuillade, France 1916-1918 Judex Louis Feuillade, France 1918 *Tih Minh Louis Feuillade, France 1919 Barabbas Louis Feuillade, France The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Robert Weine, Germany The Oyster Princess Ernst Lubitsch, Germany 1920 The Parson's Widow Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark The Doll Ernst Lubitsch, Germany 1921 Destiny Fritz Lang, Germany 1922 Dr. Mabuse Fritz Lang, Germany Nosferatu F.W. Murnau, Germany Raskolnikov Robert Weine, Germany 1924 L'Inhumaine Marcel L'Herbier, France The Last Laugh F.W. Murnau, Germany Michael Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark *Die Niebelungen Fritz Lang, Germany Strike Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union An asterisk (*) means that the movie is one of Rosenbaum's top 100 movies.
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    Your favorite adapted/original screenplay

    It is now 1954. Here is Best Original Screenplay Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni, Seven Samurai Vitaliano Brancati, Roberto Rossellini, Journey to Italy Joseph Mankiewicz, The Barefoot Contessa Jean Renoir, Andre-Paul Antoine, French Cancan Budd Schulberg, On the Waterfront And here is Best Adapted Screenplay Fuji Yoharo, Yoshikata Yoda, Sansho the Bailiff, based on the story of the same name by Mori Ogai Moss Hart, A Star is Born, based on the 1937 movie of the same name Frederick Knott, Dial M for Murder, based on his play of the same name John Michael Hayes, Rear Window, based on the story "It Had to be Murder" by Cornell Woolrich Philip Yordan [Ben Maddow], Johnny Guitar, based on the novel of the same name by Roy Chanslor I have not seen Genevieve, Knock on Wood (original), Broken Lance, Bread, Love and Dreams, Night People, There's no Business like Show Business (story) Forbidden Games was nominated back in 1952.

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