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  Film Noir - Films
Film noir is a distinct branch, sub-genre or offshoot of the crime/gangster and detective/mystery sagas from the 1930s (i.e., Little Caesar (1930), Public Enemy (1931) and Scarface (1932)), but very different in tone and characterization.
Film noir films (mostly shot in gloomy grays, fls and whites) showed the dark and inhumane side of human nature with cynicism and doomed love, and they emphasized the brutal, unhealthy, seamy, shadowy, dark and sadistic sides of the human experience.
Film noir was marked by expressionistic lighting, deep-focus camera work, disorienting visual schemes, jarring editing or juxtaposition of elements, skewed camera angles (usually vertical or diagonal rather than horizontal), circling cigarette smoke, existential sensibilities, and unbalanced compositions.
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 Roman Polanski - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Raymond Roman Polanski was born in Paris as Raimund Liebling to Ryszard Polanski (aka Ryszard Liebling), a Jew, and Bula Polanska (née Katz), a Roman Catholic.
His first major film Knife in the Water (1962) was the first significant Polish film after the war that was not associated with the war theme.
Polanski then made films in Britain; Repulsion (1965), a disturbing tale of madness and alienation; Cul-de-Sac (1966) is similar in tone to the plays of Samuel Beckett, telling the story of a couple living on a remote island (Donald Pleasance and Francoise Dorleac) who are visited by two gangsters (Lionel Stander and Jack MacGowran).
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 Blackboard Jungle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
The film is very much in a, now established, genre in which an idealistic teacher is confronted with a class of cynical teenagers, disengaged by conventional schooling.
Subsequent films that exploited the theme include: To Sir, with Love (starring Poitier as a fl teacher in a white school in 1967), Stand and Deliver (1988), Lean on Me and Dead Poets Society (both in 1989), and Dangerous Minds (1995).
In March 2005, the 50th anniversary of the release of the film, and the subsequent rise in popularity of Rock and Roll, was marked by a series of "Rock is Fifty" celebrations in New York City and Los Angeles, involving the surviving members of the original Bill Haley and His Comets.
www.bucyrus.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Blackboard_Jungle   (402 words)

  
 Typotheque: Taking Credit: Film title sequences, 1955-1965 / 2 Introduction by Emily King   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Each of these films, to a greater or lesser extent, attracted popular and critical attention at the time of their release and each has a title sequence which relates closely to static graphic styles of their period.
In 1945 143 films made by independents were shown in the United States, in 1955 independents released 177 movies and in 1965 releases by independents outnumbered those by the major studios by 118.
In 1945 the film industry took 23.6% of the dollars spent in the United States on recreation while in 1955 it took only 7.3%, So while on average corporate profits in the United States flourished, box office receipts were falling and all film-makers experienced hard times.
www.typotheque.com /articles/taking_credit:_film_title_sequences_1955-1965_/_2_introduction   (2581 words)

  
 Needcoffee.com DVD Review: Night and Fog (1955)
Films have been that try to deal, cinematically, with the horrors that occurred in the concentration camps.
However, Resnais' film is the one that they all go back to for imagery, the one that they all try to borrow power from.
The fact that you need this film around to show your kids when their old enough is more than enough reason to purchase a copy for yourself.
www.needcoffee.com /html/dvd/nafog.htm   (582 words)

  
 Napoleon / Napoléon / 1955 / film review / Sacha Guitry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
This film recounts the life of one of the most important figures in the history of France, Napoléon Bonaparte.
The film ends with his exile to the island of St Helena and his premature death.
The film is crammed so full of action and moves at such a pace that we really do not get to know or understand the central character, which is a great pity.
frenchfilms.topcities.com /nf_Napoleon.html   (464 words)

  
 film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
They’ve reinvented a 1955 British film, whose cast included Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers, about a ragtag team of thieves who get more than they bargained for when it comes to offing a woman whose house is part of their nefarious scheme.
Their films are rock ‘n’ roll, satire, twisted-morality tale-spinning, and serious new cinema, served in happy/brainy packages that always seem to wrap up their moral puzzles by film’s end.
A bittersweet film about a man torn between his Greek ethnicity and the fact that he was born in Istanbul, Turkey — and deported, while still a boy, to Greece — A Touch of Spice presents a humanist vision of the sweet and spicy possibilities of life.
www.independent.com /a&e/film906.htm   (2219 words)

  
 Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
The reactionary film is considered Hollywood's best 50's film of rebellious and restless youth (and sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll) that spawned many other lesser teen exploitation films in its wake.
Both the beginning and ending of the film occur at nighttime (late night and early morning hours respectively) and are marked by the sound of approaching and departing police car sirens.
Behind the credits, the film opens in Los Angeles with one of the three teenagers, the major character, lone troublemaker Jim Stark (James Dean) seen tipsy-drunk in the darkness, lying contentedly (in a fetal position) on a sidewalk curb with a beatific smile on his face.
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 FILM REVIEW -- Mitchum Haunts Laughton's Classic `Night' / New print of 1955 film at the Castro
A bogus preacher with the honeyed tones of a born charlatan, Harry is one of the screen's great villains -- and one of the funniest.
After their mother is murdered, Pearl and John escape the preacher in a rowboat, and the film takes on a mythic, biblical quality.
In the film's greatest sequence, Pearl and John float softly down a moonlit river, bound for an unseen providence.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1995/09/15/DD37197.DTL   (583 words)

  
 1955 article - 1955 1952 1953 1954 1956 1957 1958 Decades 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s - What-Means.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Saturday, November 5, 1955 - This is the date Marty McFly arrived in 1955 in the film Back to the Future.
Saturday, November 12, 1955 - A key date in the Back to the Future trilogy.
In the first film, a lightning bolt struck the clock tower at 10:04 PM, stopping the clock and sending Marty back to Saturday, October 26, 1985.
www.what-means.com /encyclopedia/1955   (1172 words)

  
 Typotheque: Taking Credit: Film title sequences, 1955-1965 / 9 Conclusion by Emily King   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
In 1965 film packaging and promotion remained haphazard by today’s standards, but the adoption of graphically interesting title sequences by ‘movie moguls’ such as Charles Feldman is evidence of a new belief that graphic design would sell.
In 1950 34% of all films released in North America were Westerns, but by 1960 they accounted for only 18% of releases, which, because of declining film production, represents a fall in the number of 130 to merely 25.
Equally, to dismiss them as packaging, as film historians have tended to do, is to ignore both the importance of the opening sequence to the body of the film and its potential to throw analytical light on what it precedes.
www.typotheque.com /site/article.php?id=97   (2127 words)

  
 KISS ME DEADLY
The film’s commentary is directed towards Hammer, not flowing outward from him, as in the novel.
As Touch of Evil is said to have exploded the conventions of film noir beyond recovery, so Kiss Me Deadly, right through to its apocalyptic ending, is thought of as blowing apart the P.I. flick for good.
Through geometric framing and high camera angles he is often seen as a small component of a large complex world which, as the archetype of 1950s Eisenhower maleness, he’s too venal and thickheaded to see.
www.bighousefilm.com /reviews/kiss_me_deadly.htm   (616 words)

  
 Picnic (1955)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Goofs: Continuity: Madge's hair length and style during the picnic sequence are considerably shorter than in the rest of the film.
There are some nostalgic shots of Fifties Americana at the picnic which centers the story, but the main characters just never grabbed me the way the author, William Inge, intended.
Holden and Novak are both miscast as young lovers and their acting is awkward at times, particularly Novak's at the beginning of the film.
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 James Agee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
James Agee (November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955) was a United States novelist, screenwriter, journalist, poet, and film critic.
In the 1930s and 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family (1957), won the Pulitzer Prize.
In 1951, Agee suffered the first in a series of heart attacks, which ultimately claimed his life four years later, at the age of 45, while riding in a taxicab in New York City.
www.kernersville.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/James_Agee   (398 words)

  
 Nuit et brouillard / Night and Fog / 1955 / film review / Alain Resnais / Nazi Holocaust   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Yet it is a film which has an immense emotional impact on its spectator.
The film was directed by Alain Resnais, who earned a great reputation for his short documentaries in the 1940s and 1950s before emerging as a prominent director of the Nouvelle Vague, with such films as Hiroshima, mon amour (1959) and L’Année dernière à Marienbad (1961).
The film is telling us that behind the ‘banality’ of our collective recollection of World war II, there lies a horror of unspeakable inhumanity that is scarcely imaginable.
frenchfilms.topcities.com /nf_Nuit_et_brouillard_rev.html   (313 words)

  
 discussion issue / who we wish we were   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Discussion and interpretation of a promotional film made in 1955 by the Chrysler Corporation for their sales staff.
The rhetorical appeals made in the film are represented comparatively between contemporary decorative accessories and the auto.
A 1955 promotional film allows us to examine consumption theories, such as displaced meaning and the evocative power of things in relation to styling issues of industrial design.
instruct1.cit.cornell.edu /Courses/dea668/tdiss_wwwww.html   (445 words)

  
 Rebel Without A Cause (James Dean, 1955)- A Film Review By John Barker - Movies on EntertainmentNutz.com - What Are You ...
By the end of the film they have all returned home and have at least gone some way to solving their problems.
This is another film much like a lot of its counter-parts from the 50’s that has, unlike a fine wine, aged poorly.
The film suffers from a debilitating lack of entertainment value because of this, but it does not have the power to shock and this leaves it like, a dead fish in the water.
www.entertainmentnutz.com /movies/reviews/R/rebel_without_a_cause/index.htm   (746 words)

  
 1955 In Film Encyclopedia Article, Definition, History, Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
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 1995 in film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
November - After a six-year hiatus, the James Bond film series resumes with the successful GoldenEye.
November 21 - Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.
November 22 - Casino is released, starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci, directed by Martin Scorsese.
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 JPEX: Japanese Experimental Film and Video 1955–Now - Events - Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
After the resounding success of the first two programs of this historic touring series exploring the neglected terrain of Japanese experimental film traditions, we return with three additional programs.
, a unique film that borrows the not-yet-politicized phenomenon of male homosexuality in 1969 Japan to launch a potent critique of Japanese society at the apex of high-growth economics.
A flick film in which there appear Liz and Franky, is composed under the score of ARNULF RAINER by P. Kubelka on NTSC (Ichiro Sueoka, 2000, 5 mins, Color, Video).
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 'Affair' follows Greene's novel more closely than 1955 film, but still strays   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Publicists for the new film version of Graham Greene's 1951 novel, "The End of the Affair," sent a copy of the book to movie critics, which is a good thing because I don't think I would know what was going on in the movie if I hadn't read it.
When Neil Jordan announced the film last year, he was openly contemptuous of the 1955 version directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Van Johnson and Deborah Kerr -- saying he didn't consider his film a remake because the first film was "not even close" to the novel.
But, though Jordan's movie is very stylish and well-acted and follows the first half of the novel faithfully, it takes a big swing away from fidelity in the last act and misses the intense religious struggle of both main characters that is the heart of the story.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /movies/endq.shtml   (678 words)

  
 Oklahoma! (1955 Film Soundtrack)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
In the years before rock (and even for a few years after), the album charts were full of original Broadway cast LPs and soundtracks of the film versions of those Broadway musicals.
Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones (in her film debut) were so good together, they repeated the formula (well, after Frank Sinatra dropped out) in the following year's film version of another Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, Carousel.
What a Beautiful Morning " to the closing title track--is a gem, and whether it's "People Will Say We're in Love" or "The Farmer and the Cowman," these are the most familiar--and definitive--versions.
www.motorcycle-boots.net /prod/B00005A7XB/Oklahoma!_(1955_Film_Soundtrack).html   (480 words)

  
 Physics 380, Science and Science Fiction Film: Assignments   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
For this paper you will view a companion film to one of the films that was screened in class and write a 3-5 page essay on them.
Both of these films envision a "first contact" between aliens in flying saucers and the Earth in the 1950s yet they have very different views on its outcome.
For this paper you should choose a Science Fiction film that will not be screened for the class and analyze some aspect of the film in the ways we have discussed other films in class.
www.cord.edu /faculty/luther/physics380/assignments2004.html   (265 words)

  
 Marfa recalls ties with Hollywood film
By the time it was all over, Marfa rubbed elbows with Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor and became acquainted with film idol James Dean as if he were the boy next door, a "shy boy with a sexy giggle,'' as one resident remembers him, hardly the obnoxious rebel depicted in the Hollywood press.
The Warner Bros. Pictures restoration and re-release of "Giant,'' the epic film about Texas cattle barons and oil, is making the rounds on the big screen again - and prodding the memories of those who witnessed the film being made.
What we're seeing is a resurgence of interest in wonderful classic films to contrast to what's being produced today, much of which is not going to stand the test of time,'' said Cynthia Farrah, film instructor at the University of Texas at El Paso.
www.lubbockonline.com /news/112096/marfa.htm   (862 words)

  
 Variety.com - Disney loses Lee appeal
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Lee co-wrote six songs in the film and was the voice of four characters: Lady's owner Darling, the Siamese cats Si and Am, and the singing dog Peg.
Her suit said Disney violated a 1952 agreement with her by releasing a videocassette version of the film in 1987 without her consent.
www.variety.com /article/VR102219?categoryid=13&cs=1   (311 words)

  
 FilmJerk.com - inSCRIPTions Screenplay Review: The Ladykillers
This draft, dated May 8, 2001, is adapted by Joel and Ethan Coen from the original 1955 film of the same name.
In their next film (after the upcoming "Intolerable Cruelty") they show no signs of letting up.
Like other Coen films before, "The Ladykillers" is chock full of witty dialogue, clever scenes, and a generous landscape.
www.filmjerk.com /new/article578.html   (878 words)

  
 phorum - Bad Movies - Conquest of Space (1955)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
CONQUEST OF SPACE (1955) - This film couldn't find an audience today, but it may have been a spectaclular film in the 50's with the special effects by George Pal.
The film is also in Technicolor and the surface of Mars is neat.
Image, video, and audio files are used in accordance with the Fair Use Law and are property of the film copyright owners.
www.badmovies.org /bbs/read.php?f=2&i=83965&t=83965   (176 words)

  
 Lola Montès / Lola Montes / 1955 / film review / Max Ophuls / Martine Carole / Peter Ustinov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Although the widescreen format is well used in the circus scenes, which are filled with motion and energy, it presents difficulties for more intimate scenes, and the director was forced to fl out the edges of the screen to achieve the effect he was after.
As a result, the film has far less intimacy than Ophüls’ earlier films, and his central character, appears strangely cold and distant throughout the film.
The film’s star, Martine Carol, is impressive, but appears too reserved as Lola Montès to arouse much sympathy, although in the final heart-breaking scene she manages to bring a lump to the throat.
frenchfilms.topcities.com /nf_Lola_Montes_rev.html   (317 words)

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