Movie reviews for movies released theatrically in 1956.
1. Bob le flambeur, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville (10/10)
It’s killing me that I cannot locate my review of this movie. One of the great all-time crime movies.
2. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, directed by Don Siegel (10/10)
This was my favourite “old” movie for years. I recently re-watched it and found that it had dated quite poorly. I still think it is pretty awesome for its time, despite the ending which could have been better. I stand by my initial opinion even if I have reservations.
2. The Killing, directed by Stanley Kubrick (10/10)
Also one of the great all-time crime movies and Kubrick’s first great film (after some major low-budget missteps). I have to say that the narration never bugged me when I was younger but now I see the problem. I feel like it doesn’t fit the film and was imposed afterward because somebody worried the audiences were too dumb.
4. The Searchers, directed by John Ford (9/10)
I watched this during my John Wayne phase.
5. Aparajito, directed by Satyajit Ray (9/10)
A true landmark in Indian cinema. Unfortunately, I did not write down my comments at the time.
6. The Man Who Knew too Much, directed by Alfred Hitchcock (6/10)
Hitchcock remade his own film for American audiences. I haven’t seen the original. This is one of his lesser films. Essentially along the same theme as North by Northwest.
7. The Man Who Never Was, directed by Ronald Neame (6/10)
I seem to remember this being mildly interesting.
8. Anastasia, directed by Anatole Litvak (6/10)
9. Written on the Wind, directed by Douglas Sirk (5/10)
Some people absolutely love Sirk and I think I know why: read the review.
10. Giant, directed by George Stevens (4/10*)
As a teen, this bored me to tears.
11. The Battle of the River Plate, directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger (4/10*)
I saw this in my war movie phase, well before I knew who Powell and Pressburger were, or paid much attention to film techniques.
12. The Conqueror, directed by Dick Powell (2/10*)
I don’t know that I ever saw more than a few minutes of this when I “watched” it as a teen or young 20-something.
13. Godzilla, King of the Monsters! directed by Ishiro Honda, Terry O. Morse (1/10)
Somewhere I have written of my outrage at this movie, but I can’t find it right now. Basically, this is an insult. Some American producer saw a Japanese film, thought “Wow this will sell if only…” and then decided that American audiences couldn’t handle and / or wouldn’t pay to see the Japanese movie. The result is this: the original Japanese film inter-cut with new footage of Raymond Burr telling the Japanese what to do. Now, I’m not Japanese, but I can imagine that if this had been done to a Canadian movie, I would be livid regardless of the finished product. And, well, the finished product is terrible.