• Fritz Lang – Das Indische Grabmal AKA The Indian Tomb (1959)

    1951-1960AdventureClassicsFritz LangGermany

    Harald Berger and his Indian lover, the temple dancer Seetha, desperately flee from the shikaris (cavalry) of Eschanapur’s maharajah Chandra, who burn a whole village just for letting them pass invoking traditional hospitality. A spider weaves a web so the trackers won’t look for them in a Shiva temple, but she is caught outside, he left for dead after a steep fall into a crocodile-infested water. Meanwhile his sister Irene and brother-in-law Dr. Walter Rhode, the architect who refuses to build a tomb to bury Seetah alive for scorning the ruler’s love before the hospital he was asked for, guess the truth, and try to make their assigned Indian servant Asagara talk, who dreads incriminating his sovereign.Read More »

  • Julien Duvivier – Boulevard (1960)

    1951-1960DramaFranceJulien DuvivierQueer Cinema(s)

    Jojo has been living for a while in a room under the roof of a block of flats in Pigalle. He has chosen to leave home since he realized his stepmother has hated him from day one. Among his many neighbors in the house is the gorgeous Jenny Dorr, a nightclub dancer,whose lover he dreams of becoming. But as the boy is only sixteen Jenny proves kind and motherly but that’s that. Worse, she becomes the lover of Dicky, a mediocre boxer farting around in the Pigalle cafés. On the other hand, Jojo, who has no income, must absolutely find work, all the more as he woos Marietta, one of his other neighbors, a young lady more suited to his age. Selling magazines works for a while but posing as Narcissus for two gay artists proves a disaster. When things go really awry, Jojo tries to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of his house…Read More »

  • Karl Hartl – Mozart AKA The Life and Loves of Mozart (1955)

    1951-1960AustraliaDramaKarl HartlMusical

    If you agonized through “Amadeus”, cringing at the depiction of a giggling buffoon and his featherbrained Constanze, shuddering at the underlying premise that God gave the gift to the wrong man for reasons we just can’t understand, then this film may provide you with a pleasant antidote. Filmed in 1955, probably in anticipation of the bicentenary of his birth, it gives a totally different view of the composer, and recreates the last year of his life on a more intimate anti-blockbuster scale. But though it is an engaging effort with many fine points, it doesn’t succeed in redeeming Mozart from the fictions of Milos Forman’s travesty, because it is itself a fictionalization that distorts in its own way the character of the composer.Read More »

  • Anthony Asquith – Orders to Kill (1958)

    1951-1960Anthony AsquithFilm NoirUSAWar

    Director Anthony Asquith’s 1958 British psychological thriller Orders to Kill is an extremely powerful and persuasive wartime moral dilemma film. Paul Massie stars as Gene Summers, a French-speaking American agent parachuted into France in World War Two with orders to kill a supposed double agent, French lawyer Lafitte (Leslie French), a meek sort of family person, whom he soon comes to think may be innocent of suspected treachery as a Nazi sympathiser, leading to an agonising moral dilemma.Read More »

  • Giannis Hristodoulou – Guerrilla Girl (1953)

    1951-1960DramaGiannis HristodoulouUSAWar

    During World War 2, a beautiful, brave, deadly woman helps to fight against communist in the Greek Civil War.Read More »

  • Lance Comfort – Man from Tangier (1957)

    1951-1960CrimeDramaLance ComfortUnited Kingdom

    International crook Armstrong flees post-war Tangier with priceless forgery plates. International crook Voss sends pretty Michele after him…Read More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Koroshita no wa dare da AKA Who Is the True Murderer? (1957)

    1951-1960AsianDramaJapanKô Nakahira

    Tokyo in the late 1950s. Eikichi, a car salesman, is baffled by the new business practices born with the Americanization of society. Near the ruins, he is approached by one of his younger competitors, false charity, who asked him to partner with him to mount insurance fraud. Eikichi will not resist the temptation of easy money …Read More »

  • Ismael Rodríguez – Dos tipos de cuidado AKA Two Careful Fellows (1953)

    1951-1960ComedyIsmael RodriguezMexicoRomance

    It is the story of the two best friends, Pedro Malo y Jorge Bueno, they dated Maria (Jorge´sister)and Rosario (Pedro´s cousin) together they are nice and funny couples. One year has passed and the couples no longer are together, Jorge got his car to a services station when and old friend told him that Pedro has return to the village, they are no longer friends, in fact they are enemies because, Pedro has, short ago, get married Jorge´s girlfriend, Rosario.Read More »

  • Michael Curtiz – We’re No Angels (1955)

    Michael Curtiz1951-1960ClassicsComedyUSA

    At Christmas, three prisoners – Joseph, Albert and Jules – escape from Devil Island to a French small coastal town. They decide to rob a store, to get some money and clothes and travel by ship to another place. They pretend to be there to fix the roof, but pretty soon they realize that the financial condition of the family Ducotel is not good. Andre Trochard, the selfish and mean owner of the establishment, exploits the family Ducotel. The three convicts spend Christmas night with the Ducotels and are so well treated by the family that they decide to help them. Their pet will help them to fix the situation.Read More »

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