Best Picture Winner

So Ends the third section of Best Pictures…

That's most of the 1950s done (could I really not have just gone one more and done Ben-Hur? No, screw you, expectations! I don't follow anyone's rules, not even my own!). I've, overall, really, really enjoyed this decade of Best Picture winners (and, just for the record, I have seen Ben-Hur more than once, and… Continue reading So Ends the third section of Best Pictures…

1950s, 3/4, Best Picture Winner, Musical, Review, Vincente Minnelli


I feel like I'm seeing Lubitsch everywhere now, but it's hard to deny the connections between Lubitsch and Gigi. It's set in Europe, pre-WWI (specifically France's Belle Epoque), with wealthy people and a certain visual materialism, a class divide, the battle of the sexes, and Maurice Chevalier. It's the Chevalier presence that makes it unmistakable… Continue reading Gigi

1950s, 4/4, Best Picture Winner, David Lean, Drama, Review, War

The Bridge on the River Kwai: A Second Look

I'm still in amazement at how well The Bridge on the River Kwai comes together in the end. David Lean had been working up his way through the British film industry through a series of smaller films, and he entered the epic game with a serious bang. Taking Pierre Boulle's novel and pushing it into… Continue reading The Bridge on the River Kwai: A Second Look

1950s, 3.5/4, Best Picture Winner, Delbert Mann, Drama, Review

Marty: A Second Look

The Academy goes from awarding a pseudo-independent film (On the Waterfront was financed by Columbia) to an actual independent film in Marty, a film based on a teleplay by the screenwriter by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Delbert Mann, financed by the small production company started by Burt Lancaster and his agent Harold Hecht, while… Continue reading Marty: A Second Look