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Top Fifty Films of the 50s — Number One

#1 — A Face in the Crowd (Elia Kazan, 1957) I would like to think that a satire of mass media — of television, in particular — wouldn’t still be pertinent some fifty years later, that five decades of intellectual

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Top Fifty Films of the 50s — Number Two

#2 — Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) Some Like It Hot, a film routinely cited as one of the greatest straight comedies Hollywood ever produced, begins with an act of mass murder. And it’s not some gently softened

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Top Fifty Films of the 50s — Number Three

#3 — Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950) At the time Sunset Boulevard was released, Gloria Swanson hadn’t appeared in a film for nearly ten years. Between 1933 and 1950, she had roles in only two releases. In that respect, she

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Top Fifty Films of the 50s — Number Four

#4 — Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951) The films of Alfred Hitchcock are ideally suited for clip reels, which can skew perception of them a bit. Moreso than Billy Wilder, John Ford, or any of his other rough

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Top Fifty Films of the 50s — Number Five

#5 — Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950) A story about the making of Rashomon insists that the actors were regularly asking director Akira Kurosawa to divulge the “official” version of the story they were telling in the film. That likely went

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Top Fifty Films of the 50s — Number Six

#6 — Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952) A few years back, when the American Film Institute followed their surprisingly successful AFI’S 100 Years 100 Movies special with annual companion lists of increasing insignificance (anybody really

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Top Fifty Films of the 50s — Number Seven

It’s probably impossible to pinpoint the first Alfred Hitchcock-designed image I was exposed to, but I know the single shot that stands as the first I really saw. It’s arguably his most famous, certainly in a neck and neck race

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