Top Fifty Films of the 50s — Number Fifteen

#15 — 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957) In the annals of cinema, there are undoubtedly more impressive debut directorial efforts than Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men, but there are few that so perfectly captured and forecasted the defining strengths that would make up an entire career, particularly one as long as prodigious as his. Adapted for the big screen from a work that was first presented as a television play and then produced for the stage, 12 Angry Men betrays its origins in live broadcasting and theater in its very conception. Save for a few stray minutes at the … Continue reading Top Fifty Films of the 50s — Number Fifteen

Top Fifty Films of the 50s — Number Twenty

#20 — The African Queen (John Huston, 1951) There are gateway films for everyone, those features that unlock something inside that inspires a previously absent appreciation for, say, foreign cinema or art house fare. I can’t actually pinpoint what opened most of those doors for me, but I’m fairly certain I know the first film that made me open my eyes to the vast wonders to be found in classic cinema. Like a lot of young people, I suspect, I found any movie that had a copyright date too much before my birth year to be a little musty and … Continue reading Top Fifty Films of the 50s — Number Twenty