Monday, April 13, 2009

A Hitch Twofer Up At The Top


Are Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and Vertigo the two single greatest cinematic achievements of the entire decade of the 1950's? That's the consensus that the film-site Wonders in the Dark came to.

And I'd surely have trouble arguing with that. But these sorts of things are always fraught with impossible choices - who amongst us could stack Rear Window against Sunset Boulevard and come out with a still-functioning brain?

But the list did remind me that the 1950s is a fucking goldmine for film. For real. From Hitch to Welles to Wilder to Sirk to Fellini to Bergman to Kurosawa the list of auteur-worship goes on and on and on until you're a quivering puddle of film-loving dork on the floor. I think it might be my favorite film decade of all.

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