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Cossacks of the Kuban - another propaganda musical comedy about young lovers who work on a collective farm.  The farm work is masterfully crafted into the dancing in this propaganda film! :lol:  The plot to this one is the same thing you see in many western musicals from the same time. Two farmhands on the collective farms compete in their work while secretly being in love. There's also a B plot with another couple of local leaders who find love. At the end Galina confesses her love and they continue their work. Very propagandistic film but with some catchy music.

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My top FF films of 1951 of the 8 that I have seen are ….


1.  Miracle In Milan (1951) Vittorio De Sica, Italy

2.  Diary of a Country Priest (1951) Robert Bresson, France

3.  Knock (1951) Guy Lefranc, France

4.  The Lost One (1951) Peter Lorre, Germany

5.  Summer Interlude (1951) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

6.  Bellissima (1951) Luchino Visconti, Italy

7.  Juliette, or Key of Dreams (1951) Marcel Carne, France

and I’ve also seen …

The Idiot (1951) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

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3 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

  • Diary of a Country Priest, Robert Bresson, France

From the foreign editions-

Miss Julie Poster
Miss Julie, Alf Sjoberg, Swedish Edition
One Summer of Happiness, Arne Mattson, Swedish Edition
Bitter Bread, Grigoris Grigoriou, Greek Edition
Rovaniemen markkinoilla,  Jorma Nortimo, Finnish Edition
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  1. Bellissima, Luchino Visconti, Italy
  2. The Lady of Musashino, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan
  3. Susana, Luis Buñuel, Mexico
  4. Early Summer, Yasujirô Ozu, Japan
  5. Summer Interlude, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  6. Miracle in Milan, Vittorio De Sica, Italy
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The winner of the 1950 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …


Diary of a Country Priest (1951) Robert Bresson, France

There are many instances of this award being given in the year before its public release.  As the Prix Louis Delluc is an award given by the critics this may be because they were privy to advance press screenings.

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1. Miracle in Milan. Vittorio de Sica. Italy.


Sunshine and broomsticks. Cherubic Totò (Francesco Golisano) brings hope, life, and freedom to the destitute.

I love this movie.


2. Surcos (Furrows). José Antonio Nieves Conde. Spain.


A family of farmers move to Madrid hoping for a better future. A classic, one of the best Spanish Neorealistic films, it ran into trouble with the censorship for its uncompromising depiction of delinquency, prostitution, and poverty. With Ricardo Lucía, María Asquerino, Francisco Arenzana.


3. Bellissima. Luchino Visconti. Italy.


Anna Magnani is superb as the stage mother of a girl with no talent.


4. En la Palma de tu Mano (In the Palm of your Hand). Roberto Gavaldó. Mexico.


A fortune teller and a beautician are lovers and scam artists. They target a young widow, but the scam turns into blackmail, jealousy, and murder. Excellent crime drama with Arturo de Córdova, Leticia Palma, Carmen Montejo, and Ramón Gay.


5. Susana. Luis Buñuel. Mexico.


A troubled woman disrupts the lives of a rancher and his family. Commissioned to make the film, Luis Buñuel nonetheless gives the story his surreal touch and lifts the movie from what could have been a standard melodrama. With Fernando Soler, Rosita Quintana, Víctor Manuel Mendoza, and Conchita Gentil Arcos.


I haven't seen Miss Julie, and I saw Diary of a Country Priest a very long time ago.

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The 1951 Berlin International Film Festival awarded these foreign language films …


Four In a Jeep (1951) Leopold Lindtberg, Switzerland


Without Leaving an Address (1951) Jean-Paul Le Chanois, France

The 1952 Berlin International Film Festival awarded this foreign language film …


One Summer of Happiness (1951) Arne Mattsson, Sweden.  Ulla Jacobsson was more familiar to me as Jack Hawkins' daughter in Zulu (1964).

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The winner of the 1951 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …


Dream of a Cossack (1951) Yuli Raizman, Russia

The winner of the 1952 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …


The Unforgettable Year 1919 (1951) Mikheil Chiaureli, Russia

The festival was not held each and every year until 1994.

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Knock or Dr. Knock as it is sometimes referred is a delightful 1951 droll French comedy by Guy Lefranc.  It is my favourite Louis Jouvet film so far.  He plays a man masquerading as a doctor who is taking over a country village practise from another doctor who has decided to move to the big city.  He warns Jouvet that everyone is so stingy that there is no money to be made.  



Jouvet's first visit is to the local pharmacist where he makes a deal for commissions.  He then announces a 'free' examination clinic that brings everyone out of the woodwork.  With deft use of psychology he then convinces every new patient that they are suffering from some sort of malady and will need constant supervised treatments.

It is not long before some are "cured" and word spreads far and wide of Knock's magic touch.


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Peter Lorre directs, stars and had a hand in the screenplay of The Lost One (1951).  Not unlike Charles Laughton's solo directing effort (The Night of the Hunter), this made me wonder what Lorre may have achieved if he remained behind the camera for a few more films.  Lorre plays a medical scientist working in a refugee camp in Germany after the war.  His troubled past is examined in flashbacks where he committed a murder during the war.  The theme of guilt of one murder and that of mass murder is interesting.

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Juliette, or Key of Dreams (1951) by Marcel Carne is just a vague memory now and I should probably revisit it some day.  On first viewing it struck me as a poor man's Jean Cocteau.  Gerard Philippe plays a young man incarcerated in a village jail.  He escapes through his imagination to a 'magical' kingdom and searches for the woman of his dreams.


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