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Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1951

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81 min – view video trailer

Director: Charles Crichton
Starring: Alec Guiness

IMDB 7.8 / Amazon 4.2 / Decent Films A-

Genre: Comedy, Crime

Oscars: nominated for 1 won 1

A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eifel Towers. IMDB 7.8 rating from over 7,674 users

According to Entertainment Weekly, “one of the greatest comedies ever made!” Sir Alec Guinness received his first Oscar nomination as Best Actor for his delightful performance as Henry Holland, a meek clerk who devises an ingenious plan to rob a fortune in gold bullion from his own bank. But when Henry and his odd accomplice melt the gold into souvenir Eiffel Towers to smuggle to France, their perfect crime becomes a disastrous caper of Cockney crooks, customs chaos and an ill-timed group of British schoolgirls, all leading to some of the most hilarious and unexpected surprises in criminal history.  Amazon 4.2 stars from over 43 users

On the Vatican’s 1995 list of 15 selected important files. While the caper-gone-wrong comedy genre has been done to death in recent decades, The Lavender Hill Mob avoids most of what became the clichés of the genre. In fact, up to a point things actually go quite a bit more smoothly than the characters fear they are going, and more than once the perpetrators almost give themselves away because they think the jig is already up. Decent Films A-

MRQE 89% from over 32 reviews – Madison Public Library


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The African Queen (1951)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1951

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105 min – view video trailer

Director: John Huston
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley

IMDB 8.0 / Amazon 4.4 / MRQE 87% / Decent Films A-

Genres: Adventure, Thriller

Oscars: nominated for 4, won 1 (Best Actor)

Ranked #31 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

In Africa during WW1, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. IMDB 8.0 ranking from over 41,252 users

John Huston made better, more powerful films, but none so universally beloved, on first appearance and over the decades since. In this adaptation of the C.S. Forester novel, Humphrey Bogart (who would win the best-actor Oscar) and Katharine Hepburn costar as an unlikely pair thrown together in German East Africa during the First World War. Amazon 4.4 stars from over 262 users

Crocodiles, tsetse flies, mechanical difficulties, African rains and burning sun, sickness, an erratic helmer — all these and more plagued the shooting of The African Queen. Other than the absence of hostile German troops in Africa circa 1950, the harrowing journey of the eponymous tramp steamer was mirrored by the legendary hardships faced by the production filming on location in the Congo. Decent Films A-

MRQE 87% from over 55 reviews

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Diary of a Country Priest (1951) French

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1951

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(French:  Journal d’un cure de campagne)

115 min – view video trailer

Director: Robert Bresson
Starring: Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre

Genres: Drama, Mystery

IMDB 7.9 / Amazon 4.4 / Decent Films A+

Oscars: none

Ranked #83 Greatest Movies Through 1960

A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment. IMDB rating: 7.9 from over 3,916 users

The film locks in to the mind of a sickly, ineffective young priest trapped in an unfriendly rural area. Bresson charts the priest’s collapse with a series of brief scenes, a minimalist style that makes the slightest touch of a hand or far-off sound of a dog barking seem magnified in importance. (This is a movie that must be watched and listened to–it is not a casual experience.) Amazon 4.4 stars from over 31 users

Faithfully adapting its source material, Catholic novelist Georges Bernanos’ fictional autobiography of a soul, the film profoundly contemplates the spiritual meaning of suffering and persecution, conversion and incorrigibility, and the dark night of the soul with a rigor and insight evocative of Augustine’sConfessions or Thérèse’s Story of a Soul. Read full Decent Films review: rated A+, Superior artistic-entertainment for Teens & Up

MRQE – over 29 review links

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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1951

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122 min – view video trailer

Director: Elia Kazan
Starring: Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden, Kim Hunter

Genres: Drama, Romance

IMDB 8.1 / Amazon 4.5 / MRQE 85% / MovieGuide 4 stars (of 4)

Oscars: nominated for 12, won: Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), Supporting Actor (Karl Malden), Supporting Actress (Kim Hunter), Art/Set (Richard Day, George James Hopkins) / nominated: Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), Best Director (Elia Kazan), Cinematography (Harry Stradling Sr), Costume (Lucinda Ballard), Music (Alex North), Sound (Nathan Levinson), Writing/Screenplay (Tennessee Williams)

Ranked #79 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. IMDB rating: 8.1 from over 47,142 users

Looking for a benchmark in movie acting? Breakthrough performances don’t come much more electrifying than Marlon Brando’s animalistic turn as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. Sweaty, brutish, mumbling, yet with the balanced grace of a prizefighter, Brando storms through the role–a role he had originated in the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’s celebrated play. Amazon 4.5 stars from over 163 users

Superb dialogue defines the renowned film version of Tennessee Williams’ classic play, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois and Marlon Brando as Stanley create a brilliant and volatile screen relationship. MovieGuide 4 stars (of 4), content warning: light violence, light sex

MRQE 85% from over 51 reviews

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