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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 1195 Average listal rating (729 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 340 Average listal rating (208 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 62 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 7.8 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 163 Average listal rating (82 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 377 Average listal rating (202 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 652 Average listal rating (372 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
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 172 Average listal rating (90 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.2
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 181 Average listal rating (97 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 166 Average listal rating (102 ratings) 8 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 740 Average listal rating (424 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.
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 529 Average listal rating (313 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 1186 Average listal rating (746 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.
People who added this item 41 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
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 35 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
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 402 Average listal rating (228 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Rififi (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 663 Average listal rating (410 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 1889 Average listal rating (1170 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 1913 Average listal rating (1253 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 739 Average listal rating (436 ratings) 8.4 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 677 Average listal rating (350 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 87 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
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 429 Average listal rating (240 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
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 184 Average listal rating (96 ratings) 8.3 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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