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User Info: Zithers

Zithers
6 months ago#1
Time for some melodrama, folks. After our successful dive into 1960, we're moving onto wetwillies' suggestion of 1955!!! Only had eight people take part last time and all of them were already members of the QCWS, so I'm hoping we can get some more participants. Rules are the same as usual. I'll explain for those unfamiliar. We vote for our favorite movies, performances, tech stuff, etc in ranked order from 1-10 (Best Picture) or 1-5 (everything else) and I'll assign points to determine nominees and winners. Preferably we can all hit ~35+ movies from the year. I watched 38 for 1960 and felt pretty good about my top ten. Deadline will be December 31st. That's just over five months or about two movies per week if you're starting from zero to hit 40. The categories we'll be voting for are the following:

Picture
Director
Lead Actor
Lead Actress
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
Ensemble
Original Screenplay
Adapted Screenplay
Foreign Feature
Debut Feature
Animated Feature
Documentary Feature
Cinematography
Score
Production Design
Editing

I also think we should consider adding a Best Short category. Would make a lot of sense in what is supposedly a strong year for cartoons. I also just kinda don't like the idea of continuing to mix shorts and features. What does everyone else think?

I will now use this opportunity to shamelessly tag lurkers and some sorta active users on here to encourage them to take part in this:
@Von_Miller
@Serious_Cat
@Sgt_Pepper
@Cpl_D_Hicks
@Brett8
@excoverer
@Pokeruler
@Slanted_Silver
@Kastrada
@Phantom_Nook

In my next post I will detail where to watch a lot movies from 1955.
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User Info: Zithers

Zithers
6 months ago#2
I've made a shortlist of ~50 titles and where you can find them, along with random FilmStruck obscurities. This only goes for people in the US (sorry BLH). I also haven't done any cross checking for various platforms since, you know, that takes a lot of time, so you may be on your own for quite a few titles. If only we still had video stores. If you're gonna take part, I would strongly suggest that you get a FilmStruck account, or at least create a bunch of emails and do several free two week trials. This is where I'm at now... feel free to recommend something I'm missing. I'm sure there's plenty. Some of the FilmStruck stuff may not actually be 1955. They fudge dates sometimes (IE Journey to Italy and Night and Fog). Double check IMDb!

FilmStruck:
Rebel Without a Cause (expires 8/10)
Pather Panchali (which has two sequels that are essential viewing)
Diabolique
Ordet
East of Eden (expires 9/28)
Marty (expires 8/3)
Smiles of a Summer Night
Lola Montes
Guys and Dolls (expires 12/26)
Confidential Report (AKA Mr. Arkadin - cut is 99 minutes long, dunno the differences between them)
Floating Clouds
French Cancan
Richard III
A Generation
Il Bidone
The Cobweb (expires 9/7)
Mister Roberts (expires 9/7)
Bob le Flambeur (expires 11/2)
It's Always Fair Weather (expires 11/29)
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (sequel to Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto + has another sequel)
La Pointe Courte
Le Amiche
Death of a Cyclist
Princess Yang Kwei Fei
Summertime
I Live in Fear
Les Grandes Manoeuvres
The White Angel (sequel to Nobody's Children)
A Kid for Two Farthings
Three Cases of Murder
You Were Like a Wild Chrysanthemum
The Tattered Wings
The Phantom Horse
Beautiful Days
Dreams
Godzilla Raids Again
Chiens perdus sans Collier (expires 7/31)
The Glass Slipper (expires 10/5)
I'll Cry Tomorrow (expires 9/28)
Blood Alley (expires 11/8)
Too Bad She's Bad (expires 1/10)
Scandal in Sorrento (expires 1/10)
Love Me or Leave Me (expires 12/27)
Les maƮtres fous (short doc - expires 1/3)

Netflix streaming:
nothing bc Netflix sucks butt

Netflix DVD (if you're weird like me and still have this - unfortunately I can't find a way to sort their DVD selection by year to make this easier)
The Night of the Hunter
Lady and the Tramp
To Catch a Thief
Rififi
All That Heaven Allows
The Trouble with Harry
The Man from Laramie
Oklahoma!
The Phenix City Story (comes as a double feature with Dial 1119)
The Long Gray Line
House of Bamboo
The Seven Year Itch

Amazon Prime (a lot of these are probably awful public domain transfers):
Diabolique
The Man with the Golden Arm (wetwillies said archive.org has a good transfer)
Bride of the Monster
Mr. Arkadin: The Corinth Version (again, no clue what the difference in cuts are)
Bride of the Monster
Strategic Air Command
A Life at Stake
Othello
The Fast and the Furios
Napoleon
The Adventures of Huckleberry and Finn
The Bespoke Overcoat
The Miracle on 34th Street
A Yank in Ermine
Yellowneck
All in Good Fun
Rigoletto
Amahl and the Night Visitors
Alice in Wonderland

??? (stuff that is not streaming on any service as far as I can tell, haven't check iTunes or Amazon rentals though, where I assume this stuff is available... I guess you can also pirate these, although that would be immoral and I do not condone it!!!):
Kiss Me Deadly
The Criminal Life of Archibald de la Cruz
The Rose Tattoo
The Ladykillers
Bad Day at Black Rock
The Big Combo
Artists and Models
Violent Saturday
The Desperate Hours
Wichita
Moonfleet
The Big Knife
The Naked Dawn
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Von_Miller
6 months ago#3
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BigLargeHuge
6 months ago#4
I was going to ask if anyone knew of an easy way to see Princess Yang Kwei Fei, but apparently people with FilmStruck can just watch whatever the heck they want all the time.

This is a great year. I'm actually surprised and relieved to find how many movies from this year I've already seen. I'd never really thought about it before. It's probably close to 100, a benefit of this being a Hollywood-heavy year and of me wasting far too much of my 20s watching TCM. I'll probably focus mostly on rewatches. And, you know, trying to track down Princess Yang Kwei Fei.

So we'd likely be doing a single Best Short category to encompass live action and animated? I guess figuring out whether The Bespoke Overcoat is better than One Froggy Evening isn't any more difficult in theory than figuring out whether It's Always Fair Weather is better than Ordet. Fair enough.

Bob le Flambeur is '56, right?
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User Info: Zithers

Zithers
6 months ago#5
BigLargeHuge posted...
I was going to ask if anyone knew of an easy way to see Princess Yang Kwei Fei, but apparently people with FilmStruck can just watch whatever the heck they want all the time.

This is a great year. I'm actually surprised and relieved to find how many movies from this year I've already seen. I'd never really thought about it before. It's probably close to 100, a benefit of this being a Hollywood-heavy year and of me wasting far too much of my 20s watching TCM. I'll probably focus mostly on rewatches. And, you know, trying to track down Princess Yang Kwei Fei.

So we'd likely be doing a single Best Short category to encompass live action and animated? I guess figuring out whether The Bespoke Overcoat is better than One Froggy Evening isn't any more difficult in theory than figuring out whether It's Always Fair Weather is better than Ordet. Fair enough.

Bob le Flambeur is '56, right?


All-encompassing for shorts, yeah.

Bob le Flambeur is indeed 1956 per IMDb. As I mentioned FilmStruck has the wrong dates on some stuff.

I've actually seen two 1955 movies pretty recently. One being I Live in Fear, which was not good. By far the worst movie Kurosawa put in the 50s. I mean, he had something like four masterpieces in the decade and then had this. Felt a lot like his heavy-handed mid-40s work. Very disappointing. The other is Wichita, a bastardized Wyatt Earp tale from Jacques Tourneur that takes a shockingly radical anti-gun stance. Joel McCrae is a bit stuff as Earp but Tourneur's wide-screen compositions are gorgeous and there's a pretty thrilling chase scene towards the end.

Probably gonna be rewatching the 10 or so other titles I've seen from the year.
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User Info: wetwillies

wetwillies
6 months ago#6
This is that link to The Man with the Golden Arm:
https://archive.org/details/The.Man.With.the.Golden.Arm.1955.720p.WEBDL.AAC2.0.H.264CtrlHD

It's also going to be on TCM in a couple weeks, if that's a viable option for anybody.

You can also find Artists and Models, which is in second place on my preliminary ballot, here on Dailymotion:
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1vait7

1955 could be my favorite year ever, and I haven't even seen close to as many movies from it as BLH has. Off the bat, I'd highly recommend three of my favorite musicals ever: Guys and Dolls, It's Always Fair Weather, and the aforementioned Artists and Models. I think they represent three rather different yet highly successful approaches to the Hollywood musical. You also get two of the year's best supporting actress performances from Jean Simmons and Shirley Maclaine.
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User Info: IShall_Run_Amok

IShall_Run_Amok
6 months ago#7
A couple of short films from 1955, both directed by Lindsay Anderson, are...

Foot and Mouth
Henry

I don't know where to find them in full, except for the BFI's Shadows of Progress DVD boxed set, which I have. If I can scrounge up any more, I'll let the information out.
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IShall_Run_Amok
6 months ago#8
Jerzy Hoffman's short film Lookout, Hooligans! aka Uwaga chuligani!, can be watched on YouTube.

Stan Brakhage and Joseph Cornell's Centuries of June is on Daily Motion.

Peter Kubelka's first film, Mosaic in Trust, I can not find.

Ken Jacobs's first film, Orchard Street, is out there somewhere, but I can't find any legal means of viewing it.

Dementia, aka Daughter of Horror, is in the public domain and can be found on YouTube and other places. Kino releases it on DVD back in the day as well.

Willard Maas's Mechanics of Love is also on the 'Tube, and Kino's long out of print Avant Garde Volume 3.
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User Info: Zithers

Zithers
6 months ago#9
wetwillies posted...

1955 could be my favorite year ever, and I haven't even seen close to as many movies from it as BLH has. Off the bat, I'd highly recommend three of my favorite musicals ever: Guys and Dolls, It's Always Fair Weather, and the aforementioned Artists and Models. I think they represent three rather different yet highly successful approaches to the Hollywood musical. You also get two of the year's best supporting actress performances from Jean Simmons and Shirley Maclaine.


Oklahoma! is at the top of my Netflix DVD queue and I imagine that's a fourth approach to Hollywood musicals, and possibly an unsuccessful one. Pretty excited! I think I saw some of it in an elementary or middle school class on VHS.
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User Info: excoverer

excoverer
6 months ago#10
While I love to comment on 1955, I have never seen any film from 1955, and therefore, I feel that I should not talk about this subject. However, I am sure you all have great interests in 1955! Thanks for inviting me to this thread to talk anyway.
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