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Added by CD Smiles on 15 Sep 2017 01:50
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Fantastic Films of the '50s

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People who added this item 1186 Average listal rating (718 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
The 400 Blows (1959)
Directed by: François Truffaut



Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.
People who added this item 336 Average listal rating (206 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
A Man Escaped (1956)
Directed by: Robert Bresson



A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from prison.
People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Directed by: Keisuke Kinoshita



A kabuki theatre-inflected story about a poor village whose people have to be carried to a nearby mountain to die once they get old.
People who added this item 158 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Directed by: Kon Ichikawa



In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.
People who added this item 371 Average listal rating (193 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
Directed by: Mikhail Kalatozov



Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.
Directed by: Shirley Clarke



Choreographer Daniel Nagrin performs in a studio and in the sun.
People who added this item 648 Average listal rating (370 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8
Diabolique (1955)
Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot



The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.
People who added this item 168 Average listal rating (85 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.2
Early Summer (1951)
Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu



A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans.
People who added this item 176 Average listal rating (91 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu



The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous.
People who added this item 160 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Good Morning (1959)
Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu



Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set.
Directed by: Masaki Kobayashi



A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.
Directed by: Masaki Kobayashi



As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.
Directed by: Akira Kurosawa



An aging, industrialist Japanese man becomes so fearful of nuclear war that it begins to take a toll on his life and family.
People who added this item 705 Average listal rating (395 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Ikiru (1952)
Directed by: Akira Kurosawa



A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.
People who added this item 846 Average listal rating (555 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8
Directed by: Charles Laughton



A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
People who added this item 524 Average listal rating (304 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Directed by: Federico Fellini



A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.
People who added this item 1159 Average listal rating (724 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.4
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick



After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.
Directed by: Agnès Varda



The great Agnès Varda's film career began with this graceful, penetrating study of a marriage on the rocks, set against the backdrop of a small Mediterranean fishing village. Both a stylized depiction of the complicated relationship between a married couple and a documentary-like look at the daily struggles of the locals, Varda's discursive, gorgeously filmed debut was radical enough to later be considered one of the progenitors of the coming French New Wave.
People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Directed by: Hiroshi Inagaki



A poor rickshaw driver finds himself taking care of a young woman and her son after the woman's husband dies suddenly.
People who added this item 397 Average listal rating (226 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
Rififi (1955) (1955)
Directed by: Jules Dassin



Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...
Directed by: Hiroshi Inagaki



Musashi Miyamoto returns to Kyoto after years of absence. After a series of fights against the Yoshioka School, he challenges its master to a duel.
People who added this item 656 Average listal rating (409 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
Directed by: Billy Wilder



When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.
People who added this item 1877 Average listal rating (1161 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly



A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.
People who added this item 1904 Average listal rating (1243 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
Directed by: Billy Wilder



When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
People who added this item 730 Average listal rating (425 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8
La Strada (1954)
Directed by: Federico Fellini



A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.
People who added this item 662 Average listal rating (336 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.2
Tokyo Story (1953)
Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu



An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.
People who added this item 81 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8
Directed by: Keisuke Kinoshita



Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future.
People who added this item 412 Average listal rating (228 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Ugetsu (1953)
Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi



A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.
People who added this item 178 Average listal rating (91 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.5
Directed by: Satyajit Ray



This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer.

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