27th Academy Awards (1954) – Part II

As I said in Part I, 1954 closed very well, and it will be very difficult for me to assess which was the stronger of the two remaining films. In addition to being great films in almost every respect with three future Angry Men between them, both featured career-high performances from their leading actors, at the head …

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27th Academy Awards (1954) – Part I

On the Waterfront, Elia Kazan* The Caine Mutiny, Edward Dmytryk The Country Girl, George Seaton Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Stanley Donen Three Coins in the Fountain, Jean Negulesco 1954 was an odd year, with the Best Picture nominees reflecting a strange mix between the old and the new. The 1940s were still hanging on, …

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26th Academy Awards (1953) – Part II

(Part I.)  1953 finished very, very strong, with two of my favorite directors delivering films that are rightly considered among the best of their age, and possibly of all time. Both these films are master classes in acting, writing, directing, and cinematography, and in different ways, were equal joys to watch and review. The Roman Invasion …

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