Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Here’s my initial 1957 list. There are still many, many films I need to see for it to be concluded, but this is a decent start. I haven’t seen Decision at Sundown, The Tall T, Night Passage, The Incredible Petrified World, Curse of the Demon, Run of the Arrow, and Gunfight at OK Coral, to name the ones from your lists, Brandon and John. Haven’t seen a lot of the westerns from that year. I have seen 3:10 to Yuma, but saw it back when the remake came out and can’t remember much of it. I’ll have to see it again along with the others up top.

Anyway, here it is for now:

1. Wild Strawberries (Bergman) / The Seventh Seal (Bergman)
2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (Lean)
3. Paths of Glory (Kubrick)
4. Nights of Cabiria (Fellini)
5. Throne of Blood (Kurosawa)
6. A Face in the Crowd (Kazan)
7. Le Notti Bianche (Visconti)
8. Witness for the Prosecution (Wilder)
9. A King in New York (Chaplin)
10. 12 Angry Men (Lumet)

Can’t decide between the two Bergman masterpieces. Go figure. I still love the Lean epics. Paths of Glory is an early masterpiece from, well, a master. I still love Fellini, period. Throne of Blood is an awesome reinvention of Macbeth. A Face in the Crowd is definitely as scathing an expose of human greed and manipulation as Ace in the Hole (it's easily as relevant today as it's ever been). Visconti's film is a luminous retelling of a great Dostoevsky story. Witness for the Prosecution is all about the great Charles Laughton, and it's also very entertaining. A King in New York is a hilarious satire from a man who never forgot what makes us laugh. 12 Angry Men is also real entertaining.

Up next: 1936.

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