1952: Movies Sorted By Tier

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  • Great
  • The Golden Coach
  • **The story of Camilla, lead actress of a comedy troupe, is brought forth in glorious technicolor. Anna Magnani gives a stirring performance is Jean Renoir's play within a play. An "acclaimed" Itallian acting troupe take passage to the new world during the 18th century. Camilla almost instantly becomes a star, receiving the devotion of three different men. Jealousy and court intrigue soon influence the proceedings. For the first hour romantic farce and sophisticated light comedy is prominent. I wasn't sure if the film would catch me at this point. Each scene carried the distinct Renoir direction but seemed to lack dramatic definition. However, the second half caught me, layering melodrama and farce with great emotional effect. Those early, light scenes developed urgency by the way the films' structure unfolds. A brilliant choice that keeps every moment bristling with excitement and entertainment. Suddenly "The End" flashed across the screen and I discovered I had a deep affection for this wonderful film.
  • Ikiru
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Othello
  • The Quiet Man
  • Singin’ In The Rain
  • Umberto D
  • **It is indeed unusual that Ikiru and this film were made in the same year. Both share a narrative bond, but where A.K.'s is stridently optimistic De Sica's is almost mordantly pessimistic. Umberto is a filmed story of a elderly man "Umberto D. Farrero" who's become a retired pensioner in post-war Italy. The country has changed, the people have become distant and a sense of despair is everywhere. Umberto's landlady decides to evict him due to unpaid rent starting a series of events that shake his existance. His only friends and confidants are a simple young maid and his faithful dog, both unable to help him. A powerful film of Italian Neo-realism that deconstructs even those stylistic pretentions forming a rudimentary style as slow and faltering as the main character. I would think that calling a movie profound is akin to dancing about architecture, but if that statement ever seemed appropriate to describe a film it would Umberto D.
  • Very Good
  • Come Back, Little Sheba
  • **An agonizing portrayal of an unhappy marriage aggravated by alcohol abuse helped immensely by a fantastic performance by Shirley Booth as Lola Delaney that justly won the Academy Award for best actress. Her counterpart Burt Lancaster as Doc is much too young to be effectively believable as a middle-aged man, although he turns in a fine performance. Terry Moore as Marie plays the nubile young woman who fleshes out this triangle gives an equally fine turn. I mention the acting because the actors are the beating heart of this film, which is the case in most Broadway translations. Doc has been trapped in a miserable marriage with obnoxious, pathetic chatterbox Lola that has driven him through a life of alcoholism into an existence of barely maintained sobriety. His shotgun bride Lola is equally unhappy and decides to rent out a room in their house to a student. Into the midst of thinly repressed anger and unhappiness the beautiful Marie is introduced and her presence exacerbates everything. It’s a strong adaptation that ably strives for gritty realism with its style and sharp intense dialogue. It is Shirley Booth’s movie however and she dominates everything, creating an incredibly sad portrait of a fat, dim vulgar former beauty Lola whose kindly intentions consistently fail and aggravate the people around her. The film is of course let down by the prerequisite 50’s happy ending that seems completely false and along with Lancaster’s obvious youth narrowly keeps the film from being a definitive 50’s cinema. Even with those faults Come Back, Little Sheba is a great surprise that should be given a chance by anyone interested in film.
  • The Crimson Pirate
  • The Greatest Show On Earth
  • High Noon
  • Monkey Business
  • The Narrow Margin
  • Viva Zapata!
  • Good
  • Son Of Paleface
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • Average
  • Androcles And The Lion
  • Clash By Night
  • The Snows Of Kilimanjaro
  • Dreck
  • Captain Pirate
  • Radar Men From The moon
  • The Big Stink
  • Unfortunately Haven’t Seen
  • The Bad And The Beautiful
  • The Importance Of Being Earnest
  • Le Plaisir
  • My Cousin Rachel
  • Summer With Monika
  • What Price Glory?