Tag Archives: 1950’s

Tadashi Imai – Kome AKA Rice (1957)

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Everyday, 12 April 2006
Author: sharptongue from Sydney, Australia

The style is equivalent to the kitchen sink dramas which came to prominence in the 1950s. No kitchen sinks here, but plenty of the gritty (or, more accurately, muddy) details of everyday life on rice farms and fishing boats, where the only labour-saving device is a cow to pull a rotary hoe – and the cow is only on hire. Much screen time is devoted to planting and harvesting the rice, and catching fish and eels on the lake. Punishing work, liked by no-one. Read More »

Jean Renoir – The River (1951)

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky wrote:
Is there a more pathetic object of desire than Captain John (Thomas E. Breen), the one-legged American who becomes a figure of romantic fantasy in The River? Breen was all of 26 at the time of filming, though like so many of the World War II generation, he seems a good decade older. His red hair is gelled back in sticky waves, his pants are belted mid-abdomen, and his shirts and jackets are cut baggy. His clothes drape awkwardly over his body, and at the pivotal moment of the film—the moment when Captain John’s false leg gives out from under him—they seem to drift an inch behind him, like parachutes unfurling too late. Read More »

Ida Lupino – The Bigamist (1953)

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Harry and Eve Graham are trying to adopt a baby. The head of the agency senses Harry is keeping a secret and does some investigating. He soon discovers Harry has done an unusual amount of traveling from his home in San Francisco to Los Angeles. Harry gets tracked down in LA where he has a second wife and a baby. Via flashbacks, Harry tells the adoption agent how he ended up in two marriages. Read More »

Bernard Borderie – Ces dames préfèrent le mambo AKA Dishonorable Discharge (1957)

Sea-farer Burt Brickford is engaged to captain the yacht of the wealthy Henery Legrand, ostensibly for a pleasure trip in the Gulf of Mexico. From the outset, Brickford suspects that something is amiss. Sure enough, he discovers several cases of dynamite in the ship’s hold and his paymasters are forced to admit that they are planning to recover the lost treasure of a sunken galleon. Yet this turns out to be just another smoke screen. Just what are Legrand and his entourage up to…? Read More »

Ida Lupino – Never Fear (1950)

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A dancer who has just gotten engaged to her partner and choreographer and is about to embark on a major career is devastated to learn that she has contracted polio. Read More »

Fritz Lang – Der Tiger von Eschnapur AKA The Tiger of Eschnapur (1959)

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In Eschnapur, a German architect saves the life of the Maharajah’s favorite temple dancer and becomes Maharajah’s friend but their friendship is tested when the architect and the dancer fall in-love, triggering the Maharajah’s vengeful ire. Read More »

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger – Oh… Rosalinda!! (1955)

Vienna 1955 – a city under occupation by the four Allied powers. Through the chaos Dr. Falke moves gracefully – an elegant man-about-town and friend to the highest echelon of power. He is decidedly less graceful, however, when he is deposited by a friend at the top of a giant Soviet statue, rather the worse for drink and dressed up as a giant bat.
Falke swears revenge… Read More »