The Weekly Discussion: The 50s in Cinema!

Welcome to the fifth episode of The Weekly Discussion. For those of you who don’t know, it is a weekly series of posts examining  a certain subject of film. At the moment we are going through all the decades of the 20th century and finding out which director has been most influential during each decade. So far I have polled you on the 60s, 30s, 70s and 90s, and the respective winners thus far have been Jean-Luc Godard, Frank Capra, Stanley Kubrick and Quentin Tarantino.

This week we are looking at the 1950s decade. Here is the poll:

Thanks for voting. If there is anything to do with the subject of the 1950s in film you’d like to say, or talk about, then here’s the place. Thanks again.

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About Tyler

Patient observer of all things film and music, from Béla Tarr to Boards of Canada. Foul mouthed and clinging to the edge of sanity.

Posted on July 24, 2011, in Filmmakers, Movies and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I voted Akira Kurosawa. I mean Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Ikiru. Those are pretty hard to beat in terms of influencing Western cinema.

    • That’s who I would’ve voted for, too (although I’m not allowed to vote in my own polls, personal rule). I’m one of the few people who prefer Ikiru to Seven Samurai. Although SS is pretty damn brilliant, too. Haven’t seen Rashomon yet.

  2. I voted for the one like cock hitch!!

    Just because I know his work the most, being mr modern mainstream :p

    Happy monday Tyler!

    • Hitchcock (or as you lovingly refer to him, ‘cock hitch’) is certainly not a bad choice. Um, let’s see, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, yes, not bad indeed. Thanks for voting, Mr. Modern Mainstream, and a happy Monday to you too!

  3. Wow, Tyler!

    Superb poll with some very tough choices, since it’s been narrowed down to a specific decade.

    Wilder was just starting to come into his own in the ’50s with ‘Sunset Blvd’, Stalag 17′ and ‘Some Like It Hot’. Wilder’s decade would blossom into fruition in the 1960s.

    I’m leaning towards Hitch for everything from ‘Strangers On A Train’ to ‘North By Northwest’
    and his ability to tell a story in ways that no one has really topped.

    Kurosawa never stopped being influential. ‘Rashomon’, ‘Seven Samurai’ and ‘The Hidden Fortress’ (‘Star Wars’, anyone?) will live forever in other director’s work. As it should be.

    David Lean gained notoriety with ‘In Which We Serve’ in 1942 and didn’t get on the map in the US and elsewhere until the 1960s. With ‘Lawrence Of Arabia’ and ‘The Bridge On The River Kwai’ and ‘Doctor Zhivago’.

    Never got the hang of Bresson.

    Ingmar Bergman? ‘Wild Strawberries’ and ‘The Seventh Seal’ are slightly less moving than watching paint dry. Never understood his popularity.

    My vote goes to Hitch!

    • Bergman and Bresson are two of my favorites, which contradicts your statement. I think the most interesting period of film for both of them is the late 60s. The 50s was only their birth stage.

      Can’t argue with Hitch, though for God’s sake won’t somebody pick Billy Wilder?

  4. Excelent list. I will pick Bergman and Wilder they are just perfect!!!!

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