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The 1954 winner of Mexico’s Ariel Best Picture Award was ….

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Los Fernandez de Peravillo (1954) Alejandro Galindo, Mexico

 
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Late Chrysanthemums - An elderly, lonely geisha now works as a money lender. The people indebted to her dislike her attitude and it only makes her sad. One of her friends has a gambling addiction after trying to get money to repay her. Even the people from the past who she has fond memories of only want money from her. She is very cynical but tries to make the most of her life. This was a touching film. 

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The 1954 winner of the Japan Blue Ribbon and Mainichi Film Award was …

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Twenty Four Eyes (1954) Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan

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I had to go to the imdb to refresh my memory of Chronicle of Poor Lovers by Carlo Lizzani and in doing so realized that there were two very good reviews that describe the film better than I could.  So rather than crib from the reviews here they are in part ...

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Portrait of a working class community in Florence in the 1920s as the Fascists tighten their grip on society. It's set in a narrow street populated by market traders, cobblers, gossips, unfaithful wives, gangsters, with an old matriarch overseeing things from her window and the local Fascist on patrol down below. Mainly it follows the fortunes of three marriagable young women and their lovers, with, at the centre of the film, a brutal night of assassinations which changes the community forever.

It's quite dialogue-heavy - there's barely a moment without subtitles on the screen - and there's little humour, but it's well made and is suffused with a non-judgemental humanism that prevents things getting too morose. Mastroianni stands out among the cast, which includes an Olympic gold medalist discus thrower as a blacksmith. Particularly interesting to see a non-touristic side of Florence, when the place had a real lived-in feel.
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Half-baked rendition of a good novel
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...The cast too is full of very good players, both famous or soon-to-be famous, like Mastroianni, Ferrero, Lualdi and Greco, and remarkable features by some lesser known but noteworthy presences such as Giuliano Montaldo (which later will acquire his own fame as movie director), and Wanda Capodaglio, unrivaled queen of the Italian stage for nearly 50 years, who plays the unnamed "Lady Loanshark".

Adolfo Consolini, a famous Italian athlete, twice world record holder and 1948 Olympic champion of discus throw, very appropriately lends his well-built body to the character of Maciste.
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Giovanna d'Arco al rogo - film of an opera about Joan of Arc from Rossellini. As you can tell from the low place I put it that I did not care for it very much. None of the singers used sounded professional at all. This was particularly hard to get through but I did like the Gevacolor used. The basic plot is that before her execution, Joan looks back through her life and sees all the good and bad people she met and influenced (while singing all the way). She is proud of her work and then prepares to die. I think it could have been a better film with professional singers.

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My top FF films of 1955 of the 13 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Pather Panchali (1955) Satyajit Ray, India

2.  Lola Montes (1955) Max Ophuls, France

3.  Rififi (1955) Jules Dassin, France

4.  Les Diaboliques (1955) Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

5.  Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

6.  Princess Yang Kwei Fei (1955) Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan

7.  A Generation (1955) Andrzej Wajda, Poland

8.  Ordet (1955) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

9.  I Live In Fear (1955) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

10.  The Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz (1955) Luis Bunuel, Mexico

 

Kokoro (1955) Kon Ichikawa, Japan

Il Bidone (1955) Federico Fellini, Italy

and I’ve also seen …

The White Angel (1955) Raffaello Matarazzo, Italy

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  1. Les DiaboliquesHenri-Georges Clouzot, France
  2. Sissi, Ernst Marischka, Austria
  3. Il Bidone, Federico Fellini, Italy
  4. Ciske de Rat, Wolfgang Staudte, Netherlands
  5. Smiles of a Summer Night, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  6. Ordet, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark
  7. Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray, India
  8. Rififi, Jules Dassin, France
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My list of favorite foreign films for 1955-

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1.)  Les Diaboliques, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

2.) Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray, India

3.) Smiles of a Summer Night, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

4.) Ernst Thälmann - Führer seiner Klasse, Kurt Maetzig, East Germany

5.) A Generation, Andrzej Wajda, Poland

6.) Ordet, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

7.) Sissi, Ernst Marischka, Austria

8.) 2x2 is sometimes 5 (2x2 néha 5),  György Révész, Hungary

9.)  Lola Montes, Max Ophuls, France

10.) Il Bidone, Federico Fellini, Italy

11.) La Pointe Courte, Agnes Varda, France

12.) Rififi, Jules Dassin, France

13.) The White Angel, Raffaello Matarazzo, Italy

14.)  Godzilla Raids Again, Motoyoshi Oda, Japan

15.) Death of a Cyclist, Juan Antonio Bardem, Spain

16.) Dreams, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

17.) I Live In Fear, Akira Kurosawa, Japan

 

 

 

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1955

  1. Ordet, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark
  2. Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray, India
  3. Rififi, Jules Dassin, France
  4. Samurai 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple, Hiroshi Inagaki, Japan
  5. A Generation, Andrzej Wajda, Poland
  6. Smiles of a Summer Night, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  7. Diabolique, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France
  8. I Live in Fear, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
  9. Godzilla Raids Again, Motoyoshi Oda, Japan
  10. Lola Montes, Max Ophuls, France

 

1001 Movies You Must See*

  • Diabolique, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France
  • Lola Montes, Max Ophuls, France
  • Ordet, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark
  • Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray, India
  • Smiles of a Summer Night, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

*There is also a foreign language short film included from this year, The Mad Masters, Jean Rouch, France

 

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4 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

14.) Hill 24 Doesn't Answer, Thorold Dickinson, Israel

I've seen that one as well, and it is also included in the 1001 Movies You Must See book, but I didn't list it, as I recalled that it was primarily in English. If I'm wrong on that, let me know.

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8 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

I've seen that one as well, and it is also included in the 1001 Movies You Must See book, but I didn't list it, as I recalled that it was primarily in English. If I'm wrong on that, let me know.

I recall there being a lot of Hebrew dialogue. I think only the Irishman's story was mostly in English. If you're not going to include then I won't either then to be even.

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1. Ordet, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

2. Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray, India

3. Smiles of a Summer Night, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

4. Lola Montes, Max Ophuls, France

5. Riffifi, Jules Dassin, France

6. Floating Clouds, Mikio Naruse, Japan

7. The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz, Luis Bunuel, Mexico

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9 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

1001 Movies You Must See*

  • Diabolique, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France
  • Lola Montes, Max Ophuls, France
  • Ordet, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark
  • Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray, India
  • Smiles of a Summer Night, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

*There is also a foreign language short film included from this year, The Mad Masters, Jean Rouch, France

 

From the foreign editions-

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1.) The Unknown Soldier, Edvin Laine, Finnish edition

2.) The Counterfeit Coin, Yorgos Javellas, Greek edition

3.) Stella, Michael Cacoyannis, Greek edition

4.) Laterna, ftoheia kai filotimo, Alekos Sakellarios, Greek edition

 

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The winner of the 1955 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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Les Diaboliques (1955) Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

Nominated for the 1956 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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Les Grandes Manoeuvres (1955) Rene Clair, France

Nominated for the 1957 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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Ordet (1955) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

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The 1957 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film was …

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Ordet (1955) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

The 1958 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film was …

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Pather Panchali (1955) Satyajit Ray, India

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Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1955 foreign film was …

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Ordet (1955) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

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The winner of the 1954 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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Les Diaboliques (1955) Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

The winner of the 1955 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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The Grand Maneuver (1955) Rene Clair, France

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The 1955 Belgium Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

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Sons, Mothers and a General (1955) Laslo Benedek, Germany

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Italy’s Nastro d’Argento Film Journalists 1955/56 Best Picture winner was …

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Le Amiche/The Girlfriends (1955) Michaelangelo Antonioni

 
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1. Ensayo de un Crimen. Luis Buñuel. Mexico. Drama.  With Ernesto Alonso, Miroslava, Rita Macedo.

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1. Marcelino Pan y Vino. Ladislao Vajda. Spain. Drama. With Pablito Calvo, Juan Calvo, and Fernando Rey.

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3. La Muerte de un Ciclista. Juan Antonio Bardem. Spain. Drama. With Lucía Bosé and Alberto Closas.

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4. Smiles of a Summer Night. Ingmar Bergman. Sweden. Comedy. With Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, and Bibi Andersson.

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5. Escuela de Vagabundos. Rogelio A. González. Mexico. Comedy. With Pedro Infante, Miroslava, Blanca de Castejón.

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6. Les Diaboliques. Henri-Georges Clouzot. France. Thriller. With Simone Signoret, and Vera, Clouzot.

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7. Pather Panchali. Satyajit Ray. India. Drama. With Subir Banerjee, and Karuna Banerjee.

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8. El Caso de la Mujer Asesinadita. Tito Davison. Mexico. Comedy. With Gloria Marín, Jorge Mistral, Abel Salazar, and Martha Roth.

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9. Un Extraño en la Escalera. Tulio Demicheli. Mexico. Crime Drama. With Arturo de Córdova, Silvia Pinal, and Andrés Soler.

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The 1954/55 Danish Bodil Awards for Best Picture went to …

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Der Kom en Dag (1955) Sven Methling, Denmark

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Ordet (1955) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

The 1955 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to …

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Pa Tro Og Love (1955) Torben Anton Svendsen, Denmark

The 1956 Danish Bodil Award for Best European Picture went to …

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Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

The 1968 Danish Bodil Award for Best Non-European Picture went to …

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Pather Panchali (1955) Satyajit Ray, India

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The winners of the 1955 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language films included …

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Ordet (1955) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

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Sons, Mothers and a General (1955) Laslo Benedek, Germany

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Stella (1955) Michael Cacoyannis, Greece

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Kenji Mizoguchi's Princess Yang Kwei-Fei was a terrific follow-up to The Crucified Lovers seen the year before.  The Princess is a commoner who is presented to the Emperor because of her resemblance to his dearly departed wife.  She rescues him from depression but tragically becomes a political pawn.  It features Machiko Kyo.

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The Winner of the 1955 Berlin International Film Festival was this foreign language film …

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Die Ratten (1955) Robert Siodmak, Germany

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Ernst Thalmann - Fuhrer Seiner Klasse - Conclusion of the Ernst Thalmann series. Thalmann is imprisoned by the Nazis but the people rally for him to be released. Germany gets into a war and a Soviet army division is named after him. The Nazis lead Thalmann to his execution but Thalmann assures them his death won't be in vain because there will one day be a Germany without them. This was a very well made film like the first one. It had good cinematography. 

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