Oscars: How to observe each greatest image winner of the Nineteen Fifties

Within the Nineteen Fifties, the film business was in transition. Following the Nice Despair and Second World Battle, tv was turning into a formidable competitor to moviegoing.

Partially in response to that competitors, Hollywood studios invested closely in widescreen applied sciences, and from 1955 on, greatest image winners function some type of widescreen format, most notably the spectacles “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956), “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957) and “Ben-Hur” (1959).

The widescreen streak was damaged with “The Artist” (2011).

1950: ‘All About Eve’

Anne Baxter, left, and Bette Davis within the 1950 showbiz drama “All About Eve.”

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twenty third Academy Awards — March 1951
Operating time: 2 hours, 18 minutes.
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“All About Eve” is without doubt one of the smartest footage of all time. It’s about present individuals, and is preeminently for many who learn about show-world individuals.

That doesn’t imply its viewers shall be restricted, in any case, lots of people in America have charmed phantasm concerning the women and men of the make-believe, whether or not it’s in New York or Hollywood, and “All About Eve” shears these off with a vengeance. It’s the very essence of backstage falderal bitterness and intrigue, and discloses with what foul scheming sure individuals will proceed to realize their hour of triumph.

Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who wrote and directed “All About Eve,” elected Anne Baxter to show how far such scheming could go.

Bette Davis furnishes a sensational caricature. It’s lower than her best performances as a result of it’s a caricature, however additionally it is tremendously attention-grabbing on that account. (Learn extra) —Edwin Schallert

1951: ‘An American in Paris’

Gene Kelly dances with Leslie Caron in “An American in Paris” (1951)

Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in “An American in Paris”

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twenty fourth Academy Awards — March 1952
Operating time: 1 hour, 53 minutes.
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Parisian glamour, albeit studio artificial, glows resplendently from the display screen in “An American in Paris,” which assures enjoyment for the general public as few footage have achieved to date this season. It’s unique, homosexual and completely different; it has loads of leisure.

It climaxes in a radiant creative carnival that’s certainly distinctive. It’s, in a phrase, an accomplishment to fulfill virtually all beholders, and particularly those that think about a splendiferous movie musical probably the greatest causes for attending a theater.

Gene Kelly stars on this image — in reality, dominates it. Concurrently the manufacturing introduces Leslie Caron as a singularly proficient ballerina, and presents Oscar Levant and Georges Guetary in excellent musical roles. (Learn extra) —Edwin Schallert

1952: ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’

Charlton Heston is confronted by Betty Hutton in “The Greatest Show On Earth” (1951)
Charlton Heston, left, and Betty Hutton in “The Greatest Show On Earth.”

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twenty fifth Academy Awards — March 1953
Operating time: 2 hours, 32 minutes.
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The previous trite phrase “with full panoply of glory” could be utilized to the way in which through which Cecil B. DeMille brings the circus to the display screen in “The Greatest Show on Earth,” an image to be reckoned as one of many best of this grasp showman’s reveals.

DeMille supplies the utmost of leisure in his manufacturing, to not converse of glamour, and above all of the spirit that eternally lurks underneath the large high. DeMille himself is the narrator of the image behind the scenes. His booming voice launches the movie on the way in which with a vivid phrase impression of what the circus means.

Shining lustrously within the motion is Betty Hutton as a trapeze artist, who finds herself in competitors with Cornel Wilde in his spectacular function as a performer of the identical sort. Coolly dedicated to Betty and ever authoritative within the circus is Charlton Heston, whose inventory soars greater than measurably due to his portrayal. James Stewart is hid behind clown make-up however conveys a peculiarly delicate interpretation of a fugitive. (Learn extra) —Edwin Schallert

1953: ‘From Here to Eternity’

A man and woman lying on the beach kiss passionately.

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr kiss passionately within the 1953 wartime drama “From Here to Eternity.”

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twenty sixth Academy Awards — March 1954
Operating time: 1 hour, 58 minutes.
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“From Here to Eternity” involves the display screen as a supreme mob-inciter. It should wave furiously and lengthy to trigger an unlimited stir — by no means too patriotically.

This movie is sensationalism gone rampant with intercourse, cruelty and all of the ruddy components which make for what is called tough, rugged, brutal attraction. It has to do with soldiering, however it dallies preeminently with intercourse, and is barely in minor diploma involved with conflict. The image assumes to delineate peacetime troop circumstances, particularly the circumstances that existed in Pearl Harbor earlier than Dec. 7, 1941. To say that it’s wealthy in compassion could be false. There may be way more of bitterness concerning the story as it’s instructed. Take or depart it, “From Here to Eternity” goes all out in making the navy scenario look its worst.

Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift head the solid, although theirs are usually not essentially the most uncommon, though necessary, assignments.

Deborah Kerr portrays the spouse of Capt. Holmes, who leads her personal love life the place she will greatest discover it, whereas her officer husband industriously adventures elsewhere. She and Lancaster, the highest sergeant, be part of forces to develop into a red-hot romantic group, their scene on the seashore being one to trigger the display screen to sizzle, and nearly going overboard. (Learn extra) —Edwin Schallert

1954: ‘On the Waterfront’

A woman looks at a man standing behind the wall of a pigeon coop

Eva Marie Saint and Marlon Brando within the 1954 drama “On the Waterfront.”

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twenty seventh Academy Awards — March 1955
Operating time: 1 hour, 47 minutes.
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The main antagonists in “On the Waterfront” are gangsters — members of the shape-up and shakedown racket which has terrorized the japanese seaboard for years — and nonetheless does, although in lowered diploma. “Shape-up” is the time period for preferential hiring of stevedores and different dockworkers; “shakedown” means precisely what it says, and it took — and takes — the type of kickbacks in “dues” to a “union” dominated by thugs.

The main protagonists are a priest who fights again, the New York State Crime Fee, a punchy ex-pug (Marlon Brando) who’s shamed and goaded into standing as much as “the system,” and the woman (Eva Marie Saint) who believes in him. (Learn extra) —Philip Okay. Scheuer

1955: ‘Marty’

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Betsy Blair and Ernest Borgnine within the 1955 drama “Marty.”

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twenty eighth Academy Awards — March 1956
Operating time: 1 hour, 29 minutes.
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The straightforward story of a man and a lady — neither considered very spectacular per worldly estimates — is instructed with a type of overwhelming humanness in “Marty.”

Undoubtedly the general public will discover themselves amazingly captivated by a manufacturing that has no cliches or gimmicks, however which as a substitute units forth feelingly an impression of the life led by People of Italian descent and different homely and fairly comprehensible those that make up the strong foundations of life on this nation.

The arresting factor is the casting of Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair within the starring elements.

Borgnine will henceforward be recalled as the nice, sincere, 100% human fellow, attempting to find a romantic life for himself, with loads of handicaps, in an image that could be remembered so long as footage themselves are remembered. And what is going to trigger it to be remembered is its intrinsic and galvanizing spell of the goodness that’s to be present in unostentatious and honest individuals. (Learn extra) —Edwin Schallert

1956: ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

A woman and three men stand in front of a steam locomotive in “Around the World in 80 Days.”

Shirley MacLaine, from left, David Niven and Cantinflas within the 1956 journey “Around the World in 80 Days.”

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twenty ninth Academy Awards — March 1957
Ranking: G (1983 reissue).
Operating time: 3 hours, 1 minute.
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When Phileas Fogg and his servant Passepartout, their around-the-world journey begun, are crusing over the mountains that separate France and Spain, their balloon basket swoops shut sufficient to a crag to allow Passepartout to scoop up a pailful of snow. He then produces a bottle of champagne from nowhere and locations it within the pail to chill. In one other jiffy, he and his grasp, sky excessive, are toasting each other and the success of their enterprise.

That is pretty much as good a scene as any with which to aim to convey one thing of the antic spirit of “Around the World in 80 Days.”

Mike (Michael) Todd created it for his personal amazement and now a large portion of that very same world can share its assorted delights. The three issues that make Todd’s picturization of Jules Verne’s prophetic novel of 1872 appear so contemporary and completely different are the way in which through which it has been approached, the blown-up technical sights and the surprises within the casting of the 40-odd “cameos” who pop up the place and whenever you least anticipate them.

David Niven as Phileas Fogg and Mexico’s Cantinflas as Passepartout have made a triumphant advantage (all the time a dangerous enterprise) of the cliché, and in strategies as far aside as their coaching — Niven because the apotheosis of the Englishman who understates it in phrases, Cantinflas because the unhappy everlasting clown who pantomimes it in actions. (Learn extra) —Philip Okay. Scheuer

1957: ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’

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Sessue Hayakawa, left, and Alec Guinness within the 1957 World Battle II epic “The Bridge on the River Kwai.”

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thirtieth Academy Awards — March 1958
Ranking: PG (1991 reissue).
Operating time: 2 hours, 41 minutes.
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While you see “The Bridge on the River Kwai” — and see it you absolutely will — you could be reminded, as I used to be for the primary time in too lengthy, that the potential of the cinema is virtually limitless.

“The Bridge on the River Kwai” is an Anglo-American creation, although extra Anglo than American. It was produced by “On the Waterfront’s” Sam Spiegel and payments William Holden above his co-stars, Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins, however its main energy lies within the path by England’s David Lean and the appearing of Guinness as a typical Indian military colonel of the previous Kipling faculty.

Japan’s indestructible Sessue Hayakawa just isn’t far behind him because the commander, equally rigid, of a jungle jail camp in World Battle II.

Lean’s sensible realization of the novel and screenplay by Pierre Boulle could effectively develop into the stiff-upper-lip traditional of its time, like “Beau Geste” earlier than it. It was photographed in Ceylon (by Britain’s ace, Jack Hildyard) amid pure surroundings of unearthly magnificence, making higher the ironic distinction between it and the tragedy of males slowed down in a conflict stalemate. (Learn extra) —Philip Okay. Scheuer

1958: ‘Gigi’

A woman in an evening gown and gloves lies on a couch.

Leslie Caron as she seems in “Gigi” in 1958.

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thirty first Academy Awards — April 1959
Ranking: G (1975 reissue).
Operating time: 1 hour, 55 minutes.
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Hollywood, which so typically doesn’t, beats the French at their very own recreation in “Gigi.” Mais oui! — the sport of affection (what else?).

You could have a deal with in retailer. It’s a breathlessly pretty factor to take a look at, with exteriors filmed in Paris and interiors to match, as designed and dressed by Cecil Beaton; and the French have actually prolonged themselves in offering historically nice landmarks to satisfy the big-screen promise — the Bois on a Sunday afternoon, Maxim’s of “Merry Widow” fame, a restored Palais de Glace for skaters. And delightful ladies!

“Gigi” can also be enchanting aurally. Successively — and efficiently — a novel by Colette, a French movie of 1950, with Daniele Delorme, and a world stage hit (Leslie Caron in London, Audrey Hepburn in New York), it’s now a film with music … and what music! Lyrics in addition to screenplay are by Alan Jay Lerner and the melodies are by Frederick Loewe; and, in a completely completely different milieu, homosexual Paree at its gayest, they’ve achieved as pleasant a service as they carried out for Shaw’s London in “My Fair Lady.”

Miss Caron is top-starred as Gigi. Along with her are Maurice Chevalier, the perennial spirit of the boulevard himself, as Honore Lachaille; Louis Jourdan as his nephew, Gaston; and Isabel Denims and Hermione Gingold as Gigi’s aunt and grandmamma, respectively. Plus Eva Gabor, the gloriously untrue mistress of Jourdan. (Learn extra) —Philip Okay. Scheuer

1959: ‘Ben-Hur’

A black-and-white film still of a chariot race

Charlton Heston as Ben-Hur.


thirty second Academy Awards — April 1960
Ranking: G.
Operating time: 3 hours, 42 minutes.
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MGM has delivered the “Ben-Hur” it promised. It’s, regardless of the minor execs and cons that can rage over it, magnificent, inspiring, superior, enthralling and all the opposite adjectives you will have been studying about it.

Its race marks an all-time peak in motion attained by any digicam wherever — 10 minutes of hurtling chariots, flying horses and berserk supermen. I doubt if previous Jerusalem ever noticed something like this, however what would “Ben-Hur” be with out it?

It’s an epic saga of Judah Ben-Hur, the Jewish prince banished to Roman serfdom who after many vicissitudes returns to his individuals and is transformed to Christianity. Charlton Heston is required to run an nearly not possible gamut and nearly does. (Learn extra) —Philip Okay. Scheuer