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Top 10 movies
 

1. Roman Holiday
2. From Here to Eternity
3. Hondo
4. Band Wagon, The
5. Man Between, The
6. Stalag 17
7. Shane
8. Kiss Me Kate

9. Moon is Blue, The
10. Blue Gardenia, The

Best Actor: Burt Lancaster (From Here to Eternity)
Best Actress: Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday)
Supporting Actor: Jack Buchanan (The Band Wagon)
Supporting Actress: Thelma Ritter (Pickup on South Street)

Titles watched: 126
TV titles watched: series 28; episodes 222; short 1
 

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Of the ones you listed the only ones I really liked were: 2, 6, 7.  A few of the others were passable, but no great shakes IMHO.  A lot came out that year, so I'd have to do a lot of looking into both what came out and which of all of those I've seen and try to remember how much and if I liked them.  Just off the top I can offer...

BENEATH THE !2 MILE REEF

THE CLOWN

THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES

Sepiatone

 

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My Own Top 10 for 1953

1. Shane.  2. From Here to Eternity.  3. Stalag 17.  4. The Band Wagon.  5. Roman Holiday.  6. How to Marry a Millionaire.  7. Pickup on South Street.  8. Julius Caesar.  9. Calamity Jane.  10. Lili.

Top Actor:  Montgomery Clift as Robert E. Lee Prewitt in From Here to Eternity

Top Actress:  Deborah Kerr as Karen Holmes in From Here to Eternity

Top Supporting Actor:  Frank Sinatra as Angelo Maggio in From Here to Eternity

Top Supporting Actress:  Thelma Ritter as Moe Williams in Pickup on South Street 

Runners-up: War of the Worlds.  Niagara.  The Big Heat.  The Robe.  Mogambo.  Hondo.  Titanic.  Call Me Madam.  Young Bess.  Miss Sadie Thompson.                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

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My top 10 favorites (not necessarily in order): HONDO, FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, KISS ME KATE, ROMAN HOLIDAY, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, THE ROBE, MOGAMBO, HOUSE OF WAX, YOUNG BESS, JULIUS CAESAR.

You couldn't pay me enough money to sit through SHANE again, sorry to say.

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Marlon Brando pulled off the highway; Burt Lancaster & Deborah Kerr enjoyed the beach at Pearl Harbor; Gregory Peck met a naive princess in Rome; Danielle Darrieux left some expensive jewelry behind; and Gloria Grahame had some coffee that was a little too hot.

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My list:
1. THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE…(French romance drama)
2. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (literary adaptation)
3. THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT (social message comedy drama)
4. HOUSE OF WAX (horror)
5. THE BAND WAGON (musical)
6. ROMAN HOLIDAY (romantic comedy)
7. THE WAGES OF FEAR (French-Italian thriller)
8. GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (musical comedy)
9. PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (spy noir)
10. GYCKLARNAS AFTON (Swedish drama) and MAN ON A TIGHTROPE (literary adaptation)

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Honorable Mentions:

ANGEL FACE (noir)
THE BIG HEAT (noir)
BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON (literary adaptation)
FAIR WIND TO JAVA (action adventure)
THE 5000 FINGERS OF DR. T (children’s musical fantasy)
FOREVER FEMALE (show biz comedy)
GENEVIEVE (British road comedy)
THE GOLDEN COACH (French adventure)
I VITELLONI (Italian coming of age drama)
INFERNO (noir)
JENNIFER (psychological thriller)
KISS ME, KATE (musical)
A LION IS IN THE STREETS (political drama)
MR. HULOT’S HOLIDAY (French comedy)
NIAGARA (noir)
99 RIVER STREET (noir)
THE ROBE (biblical epic)
SHANE (western)
STALAG 17 (military satire)
THE STORY OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN (British biographical musical)
THE WILD ONE (biker drama)
YOUNG BESS (biographical historical drama)

Notable Performers: 

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Best Actress: Ginger Rogers (essentially playing herself) in FOREVER FEMALE.

Best Supporting Actress: Thelma Ritter in PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET.

Best Actor: Robert Ryan in INFERNO.

Best Supporting Actor: Charles Laughton in YOUNG BESS.

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3 hours ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

Actually I think  THE SEARCHERS is the greatest western ever made. SHANE just put me to sleep.

 That's what THE SEARCHERS did for me. John Ford's best movies were HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY and THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Some might call it his muckraking liberal period.

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8 minutes ago, cody1949 said:

 That's what THE SEARCHERS did for me. John Ford's best movies were HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY and THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Some might call it his muckraking liberal period.

Nah, IMO THE SEARCHERS was Ford's masterpiece. Not that THE GRAPES OF WRATH and HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY weren't great films, they are. But THE SEARCHERS to me was where Ford really hit it out of the ball park and I feel that John Wayne turned in his best performance ever.

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2 hours ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

Nah, IMO THE SEARCHERS was Ford's masterpiece. Not that THE GRAPES OF WRATH and HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY weren't great films, they are. But THE SEARCHERS to me was where Ford really hit it out of the ball park and I feel that John Wayne turned in his best performance ever.

  John Wayne's best performance was easily THE SHOOTIST.  He was very human. None of those typical remarks like ...well I'll tell you pilgrim. John Wayne concluded his career with his best film;just like Henry Fonda did with ON GOLDEN POND.

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19 minutes ago, cody1949 said:

  John Wayne's best performance was easily THE SHOOTIST.  He was very human. None of those typical remarks like ...well I'll tell you pilgrim. John Wayne concluded his career with his best film;just like Henry Fonda did with ON GOLDEN POND.

Wayne was excellent in THE SHOOTIST as well, I won't deny that. But I still feel Ethan Edwards in THE SEARCHERS was his best role. He did bring a human side to Ethan, despite the character's hatred and bigotry.

Henry Fonda was excellent in ON GOLDEN POND, but I personally think he should have won for THE GRAPES OF WRATH, one of the best movies of all time,  I think we can agree on that at least.

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3 hours ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

Nah, IMO THE SEARCHERS was Ford's masterpiece. Not that THE GRAPES OF WRATH and HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY weren't great films, they are. But THE SEARCHERS to me was where Ford really hit it out of the ball park and I feel that John Wayne turned in his best performance ever.

1956's The Searchers is my 2nd favorite western after 1953's Shane.  What's amazing is The Searchers did not receive one Oscar nod.  The color cinematography alone was worth a nom, not to mention John Wayne, John Ford and the Picture itself.

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My Top 10:

1. Roman Holiday (William Wyler, USA)
2. Shane (George Stevens, USA)
3. The Golden Coach (Jean Renoir, Italy)
4. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan)
5. The Band Wagon (Vincente Minelli, USA)
6. Tales of Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan)
7. Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, France)
8. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, USA)
9. Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Jacques Tati, France)
10. The Bigamist (Ida Lupino, USA)

And then, mainly to honor several films that would probably be between 11-15 but deserve recognition in specific categories:

Best Director: Anthony Mann, The Naked Spur
Best Actor: Montgomery Clift, From Here to Eternity
Best Actress: Thelma Ritter, Pickup on South Street (Yeah, I'm going to go ahead and consider her a leading actress in that one)

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Top Ten Films of 1953:

The Wages of Fear

The Earrings of Madame de . . .

Sawdust and Tinsel

I Vitelloni

Tokyo Story

The Band Wagon

The Naked Spur

All I Desire

From Here to Eternity

Roman Holiday

 

Best Actor: Montgomery Clift, From Here to Eternity

Best Actress: Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday

Best Supporting Actor: Frank Sinatra, From Here to Eternity

Best Supporting Actress: Thelma Ritter, Pickup on South Street

 

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Had 27 votes for 1953. Results were:

1. From Here to Eternity - Actual Winner
2. Shane
3. Tokyo Story (Tokyo monogatari) - Japan 
4. Roman Holiday
5. Band Wagon, The
6. Wages of Fear, The (Le salaire de la peur) – France
7. Pickup on South Street 
8. Stalag 17 
9. Big Heat, The
10. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


Best Actor: Montgomery Clift (From Here to Eternity) 
Best Actress: Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday) - Actual Winner
Supporting Actor: Frank Sinatra (From Here to Eternity) – Actual Winner
Supporting Actress: Thelma Ritter (Pickup on South Street)

Titles with votes: 63

Titles I watched: 127

TV titles watched: series 28; episodes 222; short 1

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