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1950s Challenge (Official, June 2019)

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The 1950s Challenge
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Goal:
Watch as many movies from the 1950s as possible (from June 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019).

Rules:
- All movies from 1950-1959 are eligble.
- A feature film (anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches allowed.


Stuck for ideas of what to watch? Look no further:

Official iCM list:
1950s (IMDB)


Unofficial iCM lists
ICM Forum's Top 250 Films of the 1950s


Unchecked movies from each of the 10 years, sorted by # of official lists:

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Participants:
01. RogerTheMovieManiac88 100
02. albajos 66
03. jdidaco 56
03. St. Gloede 56
03. Traveller 56
06. jeroeno 44
07. sol 36
08. allisoncm 33
09. Lonewolf2003 32
10. Tarris1 29
11. hurluberlu 27
11. VincentPrice 27
13. AB537 26
13. clemmetarey 26
15. weirdboy 18
16. 72allinncallme 16
16. cinephage 16
16. maxwelldeux 16
19. OldAle1 15
20. Obgeoff 13
21. morrison-dylan-fan 12
22. wowwee123 11
23. Eva_L 10
23. sheikofhyrule 10
25. blocho 9
25. shugs 9
27. blueboybob 8
27. Cinepolis 8
27. Simba63 8
30. mathiasa 7
31. frbrown 6
32. 3eyes 4
32. sebby 4
32. zzzorf 4
35. flavo5000 3
35. Knaldskalle 3
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Yeah, I'm in.
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I'm in, going to aim for a moderate 25-30, and start working on my watchlist lineup today (though hopefully it will change as others make exciting discoveries).
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I really want to see Le Film est déjà commencé? but it does not seem to have subtitles anywhere (while people have still seen it) - are subtitles around or can it perhaps be seen without subtitles?
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In as much as I ever am these days - handful of rewatches maybe.
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I'm in, lots of 50s movies in my backlog.
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I'm going to be really busy in June, so while I'm in, don't expect me to make much of a splash. May even be as little as 2-3 movies.
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I may watch a few, but still not in the right moment for a strong commitment. I have literally hundreds of 50s movies in my backlog so it's not due to the lack of stuff to watch.
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I'm in
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Yeah, I'm definitely in. Thanks for hosting, 72. This might end up being my main challenge in June. I have quite a lot of 50's offerings saved up in my TV planner. I could do with a bit of decluttering and clearing of space.
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St. Gloede wrote: May 26th, 2019, 3:58 pm I really want to see Le Film est déjà commencé? but it does not seem to have subtitles anywhere (while people have still seen it) - are subtitles around or can it perhaps be seen without subtitles?
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Highly unlikely that I'll be remotely competitive in any challenges for June, as I'll be visiting my brother and his family, and the very idea of watching any movie besides Frozen will probably be greeted with horror; but for the week before and the period after the trip, I'm sure I'll at least be watching some 50s films, after a May spent most on more recent stuff I need a retreat into the past.
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In, aiming for 20-30ish but might end up with much less. The '50s is one of the decades I have seen the most movies from, but also one of the decade I have the most movies left on my watchlist
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Hopefully in for around 5-6...
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First in. :woot:

It starts!

1. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

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Modeled on Invasion of the Body Snatchers, this paranoia tale also offers a metaphor for marital anxieties with the alien/husband becoming the exact dullard that his confirmed bachelor friends feared he would become. The aliens' motives (revealed halfway in) are empathetic too, and the film loses its way as it devolves into a 'stop the evil aliens' right after we discover their not-so-nefarious goal. There are some very striking images though, especially the lighting strikes that reveal the body snatchers' true faces (see above), but this is not as tightly plotted or well acted as the movie that inspired it.
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Dear sol,

Please tell me what the lottery numbers are for June 1.

Sincerely,
Someone still in May.
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maxwelldeux wrote: June 1st, 2019, 3:38 am Dear sol,

Please tell me what the lottery numbers are for June 1.

Sincerely,
Someone still in May.
Max, mate - you gotta stop living in the past. :folded:

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Fifties Shades of Grey
1. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

2a. Social-Sex Attitudes in Adolescence (1953) 23mins
2b. Are You Ready for Marriage? (1950) 16mins
2c. How Do You Know It's Love? (1950) 13mins
2d. Tomorrow's Drivers (1954) 11mins = 63mins

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Four educational shorts from the Badmovies.org list.

I didn't really get the point of Social-Sex Attitudes. I'm guessing the film was made to comfort parents in knowing that it is okay for their kids to go out on dates and stay out late since they will eventually find the right match. Or maybe it was made to convince parents that telling their kids about sex is not dangerous. I'm not sure. A pretty dull affair either way. Are You Ready for Marriage had more a definite point to it, but is no better for it, some unintentional hilarity aside. The educational short has a teenage interracial couple go to a guidance counselor whose bizarre collections of models, charts and elastic bands (oh, yes) help them to work out if they have enough in common. How Do You Know It's Love? has a teenage boy and girl ask their older brother and mother respectively about what true love means. All pretty didactic and uninteresting; made, it would seem, to help teenagers distinguish between crushes/infatuation and "mature love".

After these three mediocre/terrible shorts, Tomorrow's Drivers was a real find; a fascinating documentary that goes inside a school that has begun teaching driving and road safety skills from first grade. There are lots of cute scenes of the kids driving around their schoolyard in small cars, playing the role of traffic warden and handling models of cars on tracks in their classroom. Nice narration from Jimmy Stewart too.
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1. The River (1951) 8/10
Much better than I expected it to be with gorgeous cinematography
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1. Subida al cielo AKA Mexican Bus Ride AKA Ascent Into Heaven (1952, Luis Bunuel) 8/10
2. Cela s'appelle l'aurore AKA That Is the Dawn (1956, Luis Bunuel) 8/10

Great start, and with this I also finished Bunuel's solo filmography (still have ¡Centinela, alerta! and ¿Quién me quiere a mí? to see).

Mexican Bus Ride looks and feels just like the rest of his Mexican period, bare-boned, dialog heavy, character heavy and with fantastic irreverance. It stands out a little more than many of his works from this period by utilizing (simple) surreal dream sequences, but generally it shares all the flaws and strengths of his mid-tier work. A fun and clever morality play, in classic Bunuel fashion.

That is the Dawn was Bunuel's first film after returning to Europe and it is far more reserved and composed, while still being a clean narrative, A Frenchification of his Mexican style, which of course is successful. It gives very little away of what is to come (this was made the same year as Death in the Garden), but nice to see such a clear transition film that works perfectly well on it's own (and also feels a lot like his arguably last straight narrative film La fièvre monte à El Pao).
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sol wrote: June 1st, 2019, 8:55 am
Fifties Shades of Grey
1. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

2a. Social-Sex Attitudes in Adolescence (1953) 23mins
2b. Are You Ready for Marriage? (1950) 16mins
2c. How Do You Know It's Love? (1950) 13mins
2d. Tomorrow's Drivers (1954) 11mins = 63mins

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Four educational shorts from the Badmovies.org list.

I didn't really get the point of Social-Sex Attitudes. I'm guessing the film was made to comfort parents in knowing that it is okay for their kids to go out on dates and stay out late since they will eventually find the right match. Or maybe it was made to convince parents that telling their kids about sex is not dangerous. I'm not sure. A pretty dull affair either way. Are You Ready for Marriage had more a definite point to it, but is no better for it, some unintentional hilarity aside. The educational short has a teenage interracial couple go to a guidance counselor whose bizarre collections of models, charts and elastic bands (oh, yes) help them to work out if they have enough in common. How Do You Know It's Love? has a teenage boy and girl ask their older brother and mother respectively about what true love means. All pretty didactic and uninteresting; made, it would seem, to help teenagers distinguish between crushes/infatuation and "mature love".

After these three mediocre/terrible shorts, Tomorrow's Drivers was a real find; a fascinating documentary that goes inside a school that has begun teaching driving and road safety skills from first grade. There are lots of cute scenes of the kids driving around their schoolyard in small cars, playing the role of traffic warden and handling models of cars on tracks in their classroom. Nice narration from Jimmy Stewart too.
I think they showed "Are you ready for marriage?" in one of my high school classes. I remember "The story of menstruation" better (shown to girls only).
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1. Tôkaidô Yotsuya kaidan (Nobuo Nakagawa, 1959) - 7/10
-Early color movie depicting a classic Japanese ghost story in an ahead of it's time style.
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01. Two Times Lotte (1950) - 5/10
02. The Mistress (1952) - 6/10
03. No Way Back (1953) - 6/10
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1. Let's Make It Legal-1951: 7/10
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1. Édes Anna / Sweet Anna (1958, Hungary)
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1. The Robe (Henry Koster, 1953) 8-
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1. The Tarnished Angels (1957, Sirk) 8
Incredible stunt work - loved the juxtaposition of the boy and father in their respective cockpits.
2. The Cry (Il Grido) (1957, Antonioni) 8
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1. Pyaasa (1957) - 7/10
2. Édes Anna (1958) - 7/10
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1 Das Indische Grabmal (1959).

Too bad I realized only afterwards that this is the second part of another movie. Well, explains the introductory summary at the beginning. Good studio-movie 7.9/10
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1. Destination Moon (Pichel, 1950). Cool little sci-fi movie. Elements within it reminded me strongly of the Tintin comic "Destination Moon", so I looked up which came first. Well, they're both from 1950, but the first part of the comic premiered in March of 1950, while the movie didn't come out until June. Eerie. They both have the same concept of a rocket landing on its feet and the launch deck with the astronauts strapped into couches are virtually identical. Supposedly the rocket designs for both is heavily influenced by the German V2 rocket, but still... kinda eerie.
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1. Cairo Station (1958)
Fascinating film - loved the realistic depiction of Egypt, especially as it pertains to non-wealthy people. I was first exposed to this from The Story of Film, which talked not just about the story, but the cinematography and how creative the film was, especially for the area. And I see it - so many well-constructed shots in there and a fantastic visual journey.
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2.Time Without Pity (Joseph Losey, 1957) 6+, that last scene though...
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04. Deadly Decision (1954) - 6/10
05. The Captain from Köpenick (1956) - 6/10
06. Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) - 7/10
07. Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955) - 6/10
08. Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956) - 6/10
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01. Rock All Night (1957)
02. Touha (1958)
03. Petla (1958)
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I'll be splitting my energy between this challenge and Eastern Europe this month. Plenty of 1950s stuff on my PVR backlog as well.

1. The Red Badge of Courage (John Huston, 1951) 5/10
2. The Quiet American (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1958) 7/10. Slightly better than the 2002 remake (Phillip Noyce).
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3. Tea and Sympathy (Vincente Minnelli, 1953) 7-
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Knaldskalle wrote: June 2nd, 2019, 4:42 am 1. Destination Moon (Pichel, 1950). Cool little sci-fi movie. Elements within it reminded me strongly of the Tintin comic "Destination Moon", so I looked up which came first. Well, they're both from 1950, but the first part of the comic premiered in March of 1950, while the movie didn't come out until June. Eerie. They both have the same concept of a rocket landing on its feet and the launch deck with the astronauts strapped into couches are virtually identical. Supposedly the rocket designs for both is heavily influenced by the German V2 rocket, but still... kinda eerie.
I thought Hergé's comic was inspired by Fritz Lang's Woman in the Moon but it seems it is the case for Pichel's Destination Moon too (and latest scientific literature on the subject). The comic was published as a serial which started in 1950 but only finished in 1953 with the trip to the moon essentially on the second half so that left Hergé all the time to get influenced by Pichel's work.
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1. A Face in the Crowd (Elia Kazan, 1957) - 9/10
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2. -30- -1959: 9/10
3. The Big Circus-1959: 710
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