Monday, June 27, 2022

5 Off My Head: Siri Says 1952

Here, a treat for your Monday -- now that I've got a break from the film fest stuff I'm diving back into trying to finish off my "Siri Says" series! The last one we did was back in April when I finished off the 1930s -- indeed we're getting perilously close to finishing this series, as I think we've got about ten years out of one hundred left to survey? In case you're new round these parts or just need a refresher this series is where I ask my iPhone to pick a number between one and one hundred, and then I give y'all my five favorite films from the year that corresponds to the number given. So for example today the number we've got is "52" and I will be giving you my favorite five films from the Movies of 1952

Funny enough I'm not finishing off the 50s this time -- I have at least one more year to go until I do -- which makes me kind of sad, as the 1950s are a pain in my ass. I don't love the 1950s to be honest! I've probably complained about this previously one of these times but it's all Noir and Musicals and big bloated Technicolor literary adaptations and it's just not my cuppa. I barely scavenged up this episode's top five and I mostly only like these films, as opposed to loving any (except the first one, which I deeply adore). But hey these are all turning 70 this year, I suppose that's of interest! And with that ringing endorsement I give you...

My 5 Favorite Movies of 1952

(dir. Akira Kurosawa)
-- released on October 9th 1952 --

(dir. Fred Zinnemann)
-- released on July 24th 1952 --

(dir. Stanley Donen)
-- released on March 27th 1952 --

(dir. Fritz Lang)
-- released on May 28th 1952 --

(dir. Roy Ward Baker)
-- released on July 18th 1952 --


Runners-up: The Quiet Man (dir. John Ford), The Narrow Margin (dir. Richard Fleischer), The Star (dir. Stuart Heisler), Monkey Business (dir. Howard Hawks), The Marrying Kind (dir. George Cukor), Pat & Mike (dir. Cukor)

Never seen: The Greatest Show on Earth (dir. Cecil B DeMille), The Bad and the Beautiful (dir. Vincente Minnelli), Umberto D (dir. Vittorio De Sica), Othello (dir. Welles), Forbidden Games (dir. René Clément), The Importance of Being Earnest (dir. Anthony Asquith), Sudden Fear (dir. David Miller)


What are your favorite movies of 1952?


Shawny said...

You should see Umberto D...s'alls I'm saying...

Pierce said...

The best picture Oscar the year I was born, 1952, went to Greatest Show on Earth. It's an epic, but once is enough. However, these are favorites of 1952:

The Bad and the Beautiful - Tough to sit through, but Gloria Grahame is heartbreaking in it; Come Back, Little Sheba - Tough to sit through, preserves Shirley Booth's performance; The Crimson Pirate - a lot of fun; Don't Bother to Knock - proof that Marilyn Monroe was a great actress; Hans Christian Andersen - pure fiction, but Zizi Jeanmaire is in it; High Noon - Great Western. Cooper isn't as wooden as usual in this;
The Importance of Being Earnest - outstanding film; The Member of the Wedding - Preserves these great performances; Million Dollar Mermaid - Esther Williams as Annette Kellerman. Busby Berkeley production numbers, fabulous!; Les Misérables - fine adaptation of this story; Moulin Rouge - a must for Jose Ferrer's great performance and Zsa Zsa Gabor as Jean Avrill; My Cousin Rachel - superb film; Othello - Welles fine film version of this play; Pat and Mike - Tracy and Hepburn having fun together; The Quiet Man - John Wayne's best film; Singin' in the Rain - best movie musical ever!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely agree with Shawny - it's almost shameful not to have seen Umberto D.

Jason Adams said...

Okay okay I will see Umberto D, eesh! I was embarrassed to realize I hadn't seen it anyway

Eugehe said...

I'm really surprised you haven't seen Bad and Beautiful. Great star package including Gloria Graham. Hollywood commenting on itself. And Lana Turner in a classic and much remembered scene in a car. Shows up on TCM a lot.

Forever1267 said...

Agreed. The Bad and the Beautiful and also Sudden Fear are terrific films. I think Bad has the Most Oscars without being a Best Picture nominee?

Anonymous said...

Well, you need to see "Sudden Fear" ASAP. Beautiful crisp BW cinematography, intriguing premise, and a performance by Crawford to remind us how great she could be.