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Old 10-10-2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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Top 10 of the Decade: The 1940's

Okay I figured the 30's thread would result in limited discussion; let's see if this decade opens it up a bit more.

Again, one film per director please.

1. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Powell & Pressburger, 1943)
2. The Third Man (Reed, 1949)
3. The Lady From Shanghai (Welles, 1947)
4. The Big Sleep (Hawks, 1946)
5. Meet Me In St. Louis (Minnelli, 1944)
6. Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock, 1943)
7. Letter From an Unknown Woman (Ophüls, 1948)
8. Scarlet Street (Lang, 1945)
9. The Grapes of Wrath (Ford, 1940)
10. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (Sturges, 1944)

No foreign language stuff this time (not a strong decade for Europe due to the war, and I have yet to see any early Ozu or Mizoguchi), but Ophüls and Lang were at least expatriates working in Hollywood, and my top 2 are British.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:04 AM   #2
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For some reason, I find it much harder to make a list of the 1940s than of the 1930s.
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I'll work on this too. Hope to put together a 30s list still as well.
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This is difficult for me, purely because I haven't seen much from this decade. But the decade contains (probably) my all-time favorite movie, and a handful of others that I love and couldn't live without. So I thought I'd participate. A lot of these are going to end up being some "big" titles, but fuck it. I love them.

1. It's A Wonderful Life - Capra, 1946
2. Pinocchio - 1940
3. Citizen Kane - Welles, 1941
4. Bambi - 1942
5. Rebecca - Hitchcock, 1940
6. Casablanca - Curtiz, 1942
7. Hamlet - Olivier, 1948
8. Fantasia - 1940
9. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Huston, 1948
10. Miracle on 34th Street - Seaton, 1947
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Ok, now I'm in it .
*Edit* er, or at least I thought I was, then I realized half the movies on my list were directed by Huston.

And, Oh, GAF, you picked Rebecca! I have such strong feelings about that film and book, but I still couldn't tell you whether or not they're positive feelings.

  1. Casablanca (Curtiz, '42)
  2. The Maltese Falcon (Huston, '41)
  3. Double Indemnity (Wilder, '44)
  4. It's A Wonderful Life (Capra, '46)
  5. Notorious (Hitchcock, '46)
  6. Fantasia (Yeah, not listing them all, '40) [Mostly giving this one the benefit of the doubt based on memory, it's been far too long since last I saw it]
  7. Dumbo (Sharpsteen, '41)
  8. Great Expectations (Lean, '46)
  9. The Big Sleep (Hawks, '46)
  10. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (McLeod, '47)
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:20 AM   #6
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Here goes nothing:

1. The Red Shoes (dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1948)
2. Citizen Kane (dir. Orson Welles, 1941)
3. The Third Man (dir. Carol Reed, 1949)
4. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (dir. John Huston, 1948)
5. Notorious (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)
6. His Girl Friday (dir. Howard Hawks, 1940)
7. Meet Me in St. Louis (dir. Vincente Minnelli, 1944)
8. Fantasia (1940)
9. Double Indemnity (dir. Billy Wilder, 1944)
10. It's a Wonderful Life (dir. Frank Capra, 1941)
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Notorious came close to making my list, but I went with Shadow of a Doubt at the last second.

I really had to trim some beloved titles as this was a very hard list to polish.
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1. Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Bresson, 1945)
2. Bicycle Thieves (de Sica, 1948)
3. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
4. The Third Man (Reed, 1949)
5. The War Trilogy (Rossellini, 1945-48)*
6. Le Corbeau (Clouzot, 1943)
7. The Red Shoes (Powell and Pressburger, 1948)
8. His Girl Friday (Hawks, 1940)**
9. Foreign Correspondent (Hitchcock, 1940)
10. The Great Dictator (Chaplin, 1940)

* I know I'm cheating here. If I had to choose one of the three, it would probably be Rome Open City.

** I really need to see Colonel Blimp.
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Another one here I'm not happy with, but eh. Next decade I should be good.

1. The Philadelphia Story (Cukor, 40)
2. Late Spring (Ozu, 49)
3. My Darling Clementine (Ford, 46)
4. The Third Man (Reed, 39)
5. Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock, 43)
6. The Red Shoes (Powell, 48)
7. Red River (Hawks, 48)
8. Pinocchio (Bunchofdudes, 40)
9. Casablanca (Curtiz, 42)
10. The Lady From Shanghai (Welles, 47)
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1. Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Bresson, 1945)
Coincidentally, the only Bresson I've seen. And also, (along with Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly and The Lade From Shanghai) a major influence on Rivette's Duelle. I really liked it.


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** I really need to see Colonel Blimp.

Yeah. But most prefer The Red Shoes, as evidenced above. The photography is better but I find the combination of script, acting, and direction in Blimp hard to beat.
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I still haven't gotten around to Blimp, despite it sounding like a film I'd probably enjoy even more than the one I listed.
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1. The Philadelphia Story (Cukor, 40)
2. Late Spring (Ozu, 49)
3. My Darling Clementine (Ford, 46)
4. The Third Man (Reed, 39)
5. Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock, 43)
6. The Red Shoes (Powell, 48)
7. Red River (Hawks, 48)
8. Pinocchio (Bunchofdudes, 40)
9. Casablanca (Curtiz, 42)
10. The Lady From Shanghai (Welles, 47)
Your #1 nearly made my cut, but I already acknowledged Cukor on my 30's list with his equally-uncinematic Holiday.

Casablanca? Come on, man.
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Yeah. But most prefer The Red Shoes, as evidenced above. The photography is better but I find the combination of script, acting, and direction in Blimp hard to beat.
I like The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus equally, but find the former to be the greater achievement. I really admire P&P a lot and will probably acknowledge Powell again in the 1960s with Peeping Tom (though there is a lot I need to put in that 1960s list...).

And on Bresson, I think he has many strong films but sometimes I have some trouble with the contrived acting. But I still admire Pickpocket, Diary of a Country Priest and A Man Escaped. Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne is appealing to me also because it came so early in comparison to the Nouvelle Vague and more innovative French cinema.
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Yeah, I just saw Peeping Tom for the first time so it might not make my list, but that is one amazing piece of work.
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Still need to see Col. Blimp. The Philadelphia Story barely missed my cut as well.

Peeping Tom is the shit.
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