Greatest Movies Through 1960

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Casablanca (1943)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1943

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102 min – PG – view video trailer

Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains

Genres: Drama, Romance, War

IMDB 8.7 / Amazon 4.5 / MRQE 95% / Decent Films A+

Oscars won (3 of 8): Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Curtiz), Best Writing/Screenplay (Julius Epstein, Philip Epstein, Howard Koch) / nominated: Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart), Supporting Actor (Claude Rains), Cinematography B&W (Arthur Edeson), Film Editing (Owen Marks), Music (Max Steiner)

Ranked #2 Greatest Movies Through 1960, in 36 of 41 best movies lists, a Zagat Top Movie

Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. IMDB rating: 8.7 from over 222,004 users

Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you’re wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one, especially Victor’s wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart. Amazon 4.5 stars from over 769 users

Among the many happy accidents that make Casablanca what it is, perhaps the most ironic is this: Humphrey Bogart wouldn’t meet his ultimate leading lady, Lauren Bacall, until the following year, on the set of Casablanca knockoff To Have and Have Not… Bogart has such a strong screen persona — tough-minded, jaded, a flawed protagonist with tarnished principles — that it’s tempting to see Rick Blaine as a variation on the characters Bogie plays in, e.g., Key Largo or To Have and Have Not… The problems of three little people may not amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world, but they can sure make for a great film. Read full Decent Films review (rated A+, Superior artistic-entertainment for Teens & Up)

MRQE 95% with over 128 reviews linked

NOTES: Quite possibly more words have been written about Casablanca than about any other movie.  It is in the top ten of most lists of the greatest movies and half of those lists place it in the top three! Here’s looking at you kid!

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The Great Dictator (1940)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1940

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125 min – view video trailer

Director: Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie

Genres: Comedy, Drama, War

IMDB 8.5 / Amazon 4.7 / MRQE 79% / Tomatometer 95%

Oscars: nominated for 5, won 0

Ranked #185 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel has a doppelganger, a poor but kind Jewish barber living in the slums, who one day is mistaken for Hynkel. IMDB 8.5 rating from over 57,868 users

Since Adolf Hitler had the audacity to borrow his mustache from the most famous celebrity in the world–Charlie Chaplin–it meant Hitler was fair game for Chaplin’s comedy. (Strangely, the two men were born within four days of each other.) The Great Dictator, conceived in the late thirties but not released until 1940, when Hitler’s war was raging across Europe, is the film that skewered the tyrant. Chaplin plays both Adenoid Hynkel, the power-mad ruler of Tomania, and a humble Jewish barber suffering under the dictator’s rule. Amazon 4.7 stars from over 112 users

“This is the story of the period between two world wars–an interim during which insanity cut loose, liberty took a nose dive, and humanity was kicked around somewhat.” With this pithy opening title, Charles Chaplin begins his first all-talking feature film, The Great Dictator. Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 95% Audience 93%

MRQE 79% from over 50 reviews

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Battleship Potemkin (1295) Russian

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1925

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75 min – view video trailer

Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Starring: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsy, Grigori Aleksandrov

IMDB 8.1 / Amazon 4.3 / MRQE 86% / Tomatometer 100%

Genres: Drama, History, War, Foreign

Oscars: pre-Oscars

Ranked #36 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre. IMDB 8.1 rating from over 23,573 users

For eight decades, Sergei Eisenstein s 1925 masterpiece has remained the most influential silent film of all time. Yet each successive generation has seen BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN subjected to censorship and recutting, its unforgettable power diluted in unauthorized public domain editions from dubious sources. (now  it has been restored!) Amazon 4.3 stars from over 98 users

The film’s centerpiece is staged on the Odessa Steps, where in 1905 the Czar’s Cossacks methodically shot down rioters and innocent bystanders alike. To Eisenstein, this single bloody incident was the crucible of the successful 1917 Bolshevik revolution, and the result was the “Odessa Steps sequence,” which is often considered the most famous sequence ever filmed; it is certainly one of the most imitated, perhaps most overtly by Brian De Palma in The Untouchables (1987). Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 100% Audience 85%

MRQE 86% from over 44 reviews

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