Tag Archives: 1950s

Kanal (1957) Andrzej Wajda, Teresa Izewska, Tadeusz Janczar, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Drama, War

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“Watch them closely, for these are the last hours of their lives,” announces a narrator, foretelling the tragedy that unfolds as a war-ravaged company of Home Army resistance fighters tries to escape the Nazi onslaught through the sewers of Warsaw. Determined to survive, the men and women slog through the hellish labyrinth, piercing the darkness with the strength of their individual spirits. Based on true events, Kanal was the first film ever made about the Warsaw Uprising and brought director Andrzej Wajda to the attention of international audiences, earning the Special Jury Prize in Cannes in 1957.

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Il sole negli occhi (1953) Antonio Pietrangeli, Gabriele Ferzetti, Irene Galter, Pina Bottin, Drama

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Celestina è una ragazza campagnola di Castelluccio di Norcia: ingenua, sprovveduta, ignorante, dopo aver perduto entrambi i genitori va a Roma a fare la domestica presso la casa di una coppia di pensionati. A Roma fa la conoscenza di Fernando, giovane idraulico che la corteggia insistentemente. I due anziani pensionati la trattano come una figlia e progettano di lasciarle in eredità un piccolo orto, ma questa decisione scatena le accuse e le rimostranze degli interessati parenti, che costringono Celestina a lasciare la casa. La giovane domestica trova allora lavoro in una casa signorile, ma anche qui scoppia uno scandalo quando lei viene sorpresa a baciarsi con l’idraulico.

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The System (1953) Lewis Seiler, Frank Lovejoy, Joan Weldon, Robert Arthur, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Gambler John Merrick (Frank Lovejoy) is the head of a bookie syndicate and the newspaper is crusading against him and the rackets, primarily because Merrick is in love with Felice Stuart (Joan Weldon), daughter of the newspaper publisher who can not break up the romance through persuasion. A senate committee investigating crime gets involved, the racketeers, other than Merrick who is a “nice guy”, strike back and kill a reporter, and Merrick’s own son, Jerry Merrick (Robert Arthur), commits suicide. Merrick, to his own disadvantage, helps bring down the syndicate. Since it is in black-and-white-, deals with crime and was an American-made film, some will call it “film noir” since that seems to be the current guidelines for putting a film in that, at one time limited-and-defined genre. It ain’t, and neither are most of the others currently so classified.

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The Happy Road (1957) Gene Kelly, Barbara Laage, Michael Redgrave, Comedy

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While setting up a business in Paris, American widower Michael Andrews has placed his adolescent son, Danny Andrews, in a Swiss boarding school as Mike has no time during this phase of the business set-up to look after Danny on his own. Mike receives distressing news that Danny has run away from the school with another student, Parisienne Janine Duval. This news does not sit well with either Mike or Janine’s divorcée mother, Suzanne Duval. Suzanne believes Danny is a delinquent influence on her daughter, while Mike believes Janine is an enabler as non-French speaking Danny could not manage outside the school without some language assistance. They learn from another student that Danny is heading to Paris to show Mike that he is independent enough to live in Paris with Mike, while Janine tagged along because she sees herself as Danny’s girl and as she has not seen her mother in some time. As the children have not been gone long and as there is only one road between the school and Paris,…

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Flucht ins Schilf / Brutality (1953) Kurt Steinwendner, Heinz Altringen, Kurt Jaggberg, Ilka Windish, Drama

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Am Neusiedlersee wird die Leiche eines Postboten gefunden, die Ermittlungen ergeben, dass es sich dabei wohl um einen Raubmord handelt und gleich mehrere der Dorfbewohner geraten in den engeren Kreis der Verdächtigen: Fünf junge Männer brauchen nun ein Alibi. Walter war in der Mordnacht zwar mit Elisabeth zusammen, kann sich auf deren Unterstützung aber nicht verlassen. Sie ist nämlich nicht nur die Schwester des ebenfalls verdächtigten Stephan, sondern auch noch die Verlobte des Gendarmen, der die Untersuchungen an dem Fall leitet.

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