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User Info: thesmark

2 months ago#1
Alright, so it looks like we chose 1948 as the year for the 4th Retro Awards, and what a year it was for cinema everywhere out of the ashes of WWII. Hollywood was still in its golden age, although this was the year that the landscape was altered forever with the United States v. Paramount decision which forced studios to sell their theater chains and end block booking. Noir and Westerns ruled the landscape, Warner & Disney were still pumping out great shorts, masters like Hitchc***, Ford, Hawks and Huston were at the top of their game and Nicholas Ray debuted. Internationally, production began to bloom post-war with Italy, Britain and Japan leading the way and even China making significant contributions. So let's dive into 1948!

Here's a list of significant feature films I found for 1948, please mention any additions that you think people should see:

XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport (Castleton Knight)
3 Godfathers (John Ford)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton)
Adventures of Don Juan (Vincent Sherman)
Anna Karenina (Julien Duvivier)
Apostasy (Keisuke Kinos***a)
Arch of Triumph (Lewis Milestone)
Berlin Express (Jacques Tourneur)
Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica)
The Big Clock (John Farrow)
Blood on the Moon (Robert Wise)
The Boy with Green Hair (Joseph Losey)
Call Northside 777 (Henry Hathaway)
Command Decision (Sam Wood)
Cry of the City (Robert Siodmak)
A Date with Judy (Richard Thorpe)
Drunken Angel (Akira Kurosawa)
The Eagle with Two Heads (Jean Cocteau)
Easter Parade (Charles Walters)
The Emperor Waltz (Billy Wilder)
Escape (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Eva (Gustaf Molander)
Every Girl Should Be Married (Don Hartman)
The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed)
Fight Without Hate (Andre Michel)
Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky)
A Foreign Affair (Billy Wilder)
Fort Apache (John Ford)
Germany, Year Zero (Roberto Rossellini)
Good Sam (Leo McCarey)
Hamlet (Laurence Olivier)
He Walked by Night (Alfred L. Werker & Anthony Mann)
A Hen in the Wind (Yasujiro Ozu)
Hollow Triumph (Steve Sekely)
Homecoming (Mervyn LeRoy)
I Remember Mama (George Stevens)
The Iron Curtain (William A. Wellman)
Joan of Arc (Victor Fleming)
Johnny Belinda (Jean Negulesco)
Key Largo (John Huston)
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (Norman Foster)
L’Amore (Roberto Rossellini)
That Lady in Ermine (Ernst Lubitsch & Otto Preminger)
The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls)
Louisiana Story (Robert Flaherty)
The Loves of Carmen (Charles Vidor)
The Luck of the Irish (Henry Koster)
Macbeth (Orson Welles)
Melody Time (Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske & Wilfred Jackson)
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (H.C. Potter)
Moonrise (Frank Borzage)
Music in Darkness (Ingmar Bergman)
Myriad of Lights (Shen Fu)
Mystery in Mexico (Robert Wise)
The Naked City (Jules Dassin)
Oliver Twist (David Lean)
One Touch of Venus (William A. Seiter)
Les Parents terribles (Jean Cocteau)
Pitfall (Andre DeToth)
The Pirate (Vincente Minnelli)
Port of Call (Ingmar Bergman)
The Portrait (Keisuke Kinos***a)
Portrait of Jennie (William Dieterle)
Rachel and the Stranger (Norman Foster)
Raw Deal (Anthony Mann)
Red River (Howard Hawks)
The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
Road House (Jean Negulesco)
Romance on the High Seas (Michael Curtiz)
Rope (Alfred Hitchc***)
The Search (Fred Zinnemann)
Secret Beyond the Door (Fritz Lang)
Sitting Pretty (Walter Lang)
Sleep, My Love (Douglas Sirk)
The Snake Pit (Anatole Litvak)
Sorrows of the Forbidden City (Zhu Shilin)
Sorry, Wrong Number (Anatole Litvak)
Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu)
My unending quest to review all 554 Best Picture Nominees: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/227-movies-at-the-theater/77413506
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User Info: thesmark

2 months ago#2
State of the Union (Frank Capra)
La Terra trema (Luchino Visconti)
They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray)
The Three Musketeers (George Sidney)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston)
Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges)
When My Baby Smiles at Me (Walter Lang)
Woman (Keisuke Kinos***a)
Women of the Night (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Yellow Sky (William A. Wellman)

And here's some of the major shorts from the year, all animated except for the Antonioni:

Back Alley Oproar (Friz Freleng)
Buccaneer Bunny (Friz Freleng)
Bigs Bunny Rides Again (Friz Freleng)
The Cat That Hated People (Tex Avery)
Drip Dippy Donald (Jack King)
A Feather in His Hare (Chuck Jones)
The Foghorn Leghorn (Robert McKimson)
Gorilla My Dreams (Robert McKimson)
Haredevil Hare (Chuck Jones)
Hop, Look and Listen (Robert McKimson)
Inferior Decorator (Jack Hannah)
Kitty Foiled (William Hanna & Joseph Barbera)
The Little Orphan (William Hanna & Joseph Barbera)
Little ‘Tinker (Tex Avery)
Lucky Ducky (Tex Avery)
Mickey and the Seal (Charles Nichols)
Mickey Down Under (Charles Nichols)
Mouse Cleaning (William Hanna & Joseph Barbera)
Mouse Wreckers (Chuck Jones)
My Bunny Lies over the Sea (Chuck Jones)
N.U. (Michelangelo Antonioni)
Old Rockin’ Chair Tom (William Hanna & Joseph Barbera)
Professor Tom (William Hanna & Joseph Barbera)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Max Fleischer)
Scaredy Cat (Chuck Jones)
Soup’s On (Jack Hannah)
Tea for Two Hundred (Jack Hannah)
Three for Breakfast (Jack Hannah)
The Truce Hurts (William Hanna & Joseph Barbera)
What Makes Daffy Duck (Arthur Davis)
My unending quest to review all 554 Best Picture Nominees: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/227-movies-at-the-theater/77413506

User Info: wallmasterz

2 months ago#3
It's seriously fun reading your intros and these notable film lists. You do a great job!!

I'm not going to participate but I will be eagerly following along.
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User Info: Step_In

2 months ago#4
I've only seen eight (!) films from this year so I have a lot of catching up to do. Looking forward to it.
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User Info: BigLargeHuge

2 months ago#5
Yeah, great job smark. An introductory post that also serves as a helpful resource. I’ve seen 70+ from this year, but some of my biggest blindspots (Germany Year Zero, A Hen in the Wind, friggin’ Hamlet) are on the Criterion Channel, so that’s cool. And I’m really looking forward to just rewatching a bunch of masterpieces.

But the first two movies I watched for this thing were western spoofs, Two Guys from Texas and The Dude Goes West. Neither of them are on your list of significant films from 1948. Which is as it should be. They’re not significant.

Off the top of my head, I think my two favorite Looney Tunes from this year are Haredevil Hare and Scaredy Cat. But that could just be my Chuck Jones bias showing. I’m looking forward to rewatching a bunch of those too.
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User Info: rockus

2 months ago#6
I've seen 32 or 33 and the criterion channel has a few I haven't seen yet. Great list of notable stuff too. There are 40 some on there I can try to get around to if I can. I'll have to keep an eye out on TCM to see if they air any. And start checking thr library too.

It's a great year though. The worst thing I've seen is On an Island with You, and that I just watched a week or so ago. Wanted to get a head start so I watched that and Moonrise. Moonrise was at least great though. And leaves the Criterion Channel at the end of the month so dont miss out on it.
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User Info: BigLargeHuge

2 months ago#7
Road House has got a few problems, the most superficial of which is that the movie needs you to believe that Ida Lupino is both the most beautiful woman in the world and the most compelling singer in the world. She’s neither. Lupino was a super cool lady and I’m sure she relished playing the bombshell role for a change, but I didn’t buy the movie’s wonky sales pitch that she’s supposed to be sending all these men into a tizzy like she’s Rita Hayworth or Ava Gardner. She’s like a Milwaukee 8 rather than a Hollywood 10, you know? My eye kept wandering over to poor neglected Celeste Holm.

I feel bad saying this cause it’s not Lupino’s fault at all. It’s the filmmakers fault for not tailoring the role to her. I mean, the whole premise of the movie is that these are marginal people living a dead end existence in a small town. Playing into the fact that Lupino is a Milwaukee 8 would’ve actually been more appropriate to the situation.

I’d still recommend the movie. It’s one of those weird noirish 40s character dramas that feels like it snuck out while no one was looking.

User Info: rockus

2 months ago#8
I don't know. As someone who lived in a s***ty backwoods town for most of my life I don't have any trouble in believing Ida Lupino being an object of obsession for them there. I mean, if she was really the most compelling singer and beautiful woman she would be making it big in Chicago instead of singing in a bowling alley in the sticks. She's the bombshell of a small pond middle of nowhere, not L.A. or New York, or something.

User Info: thesmark

2 months ago#9
Hmm, Germany Year Zero was a disappointment to me. This was one of a number of films from this time period that took place and showed off post-WWII Germany as a rubble-filled hellscape (Decision Before Dawn comes to mind). This one confronts it in the bleakest fashion possible made worse by focusing on a young child. Everybody’s doing whatever they can just to survive, whether it be 12 year olds doing manual labor or people prostituting themselves, and the rationing, extreme price inflation and predators (financially and...otherwise) make every day an epic struggle in this world without morals or hope. Children are robbed of their childhoods, not just by the war itself, but by the Nazi teachings on impressonable youngsters which have warped their morality; after the fall of the third reich, they’re now being told these teachings were wrong. This was the most interesting aspect of the film to me, it’s what made the film stand out beside the setting.

As for the rest, I don’t know, I usually like to have some seasoning on my steak. It starts at a low point and just gets continually more and more miserable over the course of the film, hitting the same key over and over. This type of story can be great, but it needs a stronger emotional core. If it gave us some character relationship to really get attached to like with Grave of the Fireflies or Nobody Knows, I think it would have connected with me more. I think Edmund (the young boy) needed somebody else to play off of who he had a deep attachment to, or it needed to be a bit more subdued. Despite it coming from a master of neo-realism and using non-actors, it’s always pitched at a higher level of melodrama than I would have preferred. The score is especially bad about this, it’s just way too overbearing.
My unending quest to review all 554 Best Picture Nominees: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/227-movies-at-the-theater/77413506

User Info: thesmark

2 months ago#10
First, a friendly reminder that Moonrise leaves the Criterion Channel at the end of the month, so definitely recommend you get on it if you haven't already seen it.

Second, here's some links for hard-to-find movies:


Escape: http://rarefilmm.com/2018/11/escape-1948/
Good Sam (original 128 minute version): http://rarefilmm.com/2019/03/good-sam-1948-128min-version/
The Eagle with Two Heads w/ subtitles: http://rarefilmm.com/2017/07/laigle-a-deux-tetes-1948/
Rachel and the Stranger (colorized version): http://rarefilmm.com/2018/08/rachel-and-the-stranger-1948-colorized/


Cry of the City
The Iron Curtain
Road House
My unending quest to review all 554 Best Picture Nominees: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/227-movies-at-the-theater/77413506
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