1951-1960

Mario Monicelli – Proibito (1954)

Don Paolo, a young parson troubled by his love for Agnese, tries to make peace in a little village in Sardinia where two families are at war.

Don Paolo, Sardinian priest, returns home as a pastor in his native town, torn by hatred and revenge. He tries to restore peace and confidence in the law and deter Agnes, in love with him. He succeeds, but it’s hard.
In the film’s figurative and narrative scheme, in his vague westerns impression, fostered by the intense beauty of the landscape, the character of Nazzari, compared to the somewhat fuzzy others, has coherence and vitality. Read More »

Teruo Ishii – Nyotai sanbashi aka Flesh Pier (1958)

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Director Teruo Ishi’s crime action follows the investigative adventures of an undercover cop working with a prostitution ring. It’s done in an unique documentary style Read More »

Chuck Jones – Rabbit Fire (1951)

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Daffy Duck and Bugs argue back and forth whether it is duck season or rabbit season. The object of their arguments is hunter Elmer Fudd. Read More »

Chuck Jones – Rabbit Seasoning (1952)

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Daffy Duck tricks Elmer Fudd into believing it’s rabbit season; but Bugs Bunny uses a female disguise and faulty pronouns to fight back. Read More »

Chuck Jones – Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1953)

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The final installment of the “Hunting Trilogy” once again has Elmer out hunting, while Bugs and Daffy try to con him into shooting the other. Read More »

Jirí Menzel – Domy z panelu aka Prefabricated Houses (1959)

A student work by Jiří Menzel, filmed during his second year at the FAMU film school. Views of old Prague and its tenement buildings, symbolizing the obsolete past, alternate with shots of construction sites for new prefabricated apartment buildings. In spite of certain unavoidable propagandistic overtones added by the director, it is notable as the beginning of his search for a “dramaturgy of colors.”

An early rare documentary by Jiří Menzel! Read More »

Otto Preminger – The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)

A classic courtroom drama based on a true story, this is a surprisingly underappreciated classic given the direction of Otto Preminger and the star-power of Gary Cooper. Coop plays the title character, a post-WWI Army general who risked his career by challenging his superiors and disobeying orders to build a U.S. Air Force. More intellectual and less emotional than “Caine Mutiny,” it’s nevertheless expertly told and acted. Read More »