A ONE AND THREE FIVES: I've posted my favorite films of 2005
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences looked
back at 1955, it gave its Best Picture award to Marty, a movie that's pleasant but hardly great. I prefer these:
1. One Froggy Evening
Directed by Chuck Jones
Written by Michael Maltese
This feels like folklore, doesn't it? The legend of the
2. The Trouble with
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Written by John Michael Hayes, from a novel by Jack Trevor
The most appealing portrait of rural life that I've ever
seen onscreen, which surely says more about me than it says about the picture.
3. Smiles of a Summer
Written and directed by Ingmar Bergman
The phrase "life-affirming Bergman comedy" may sound
about as plausible as "Pauly Shore's four-hour Shakespearean drama."
But that—the Bergman comedy, not the Shore epic—is exactly what this is.
4. The Night of the
Directed by Charles Laughton
Written by James Agee, from a novel by Davis Grubb
"Ah, little lad, you're staring at my fingers. Would
you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand/left-hand?"
5. Kiss Me Deadly
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Written by A.I. Bezzerides, from a novel by Mickey Spillane
Cold War noir.
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
Written by Clouzot, Jerome Geronimi, Frederic Grendel, and
Rene Masson, from a novel by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac
The Hitchcockian thriller that inspired Columbo and, less happily, a terrible remake with Sharon Stone.
7. East of Eden
Directed by Elia Kazan
Written by Paul Osborn, from a novel by John Steinbeck
"I'm not my brother's keeper."
8. Pather Panchali
Directed by Satyajit Ray
Written by Ray and Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, from a
novel by Bandyopadhyay
I saw this one in a film class when I was 18. N.B.: I think
I was the only one who liked it.
9. Night and Fog
Directed by Alain Resnais
Written by Jean Cayrol
The standard against which I measure all other Holocaust
10. The Man from
Directed by Anthony Mann
Written by Philip Yordan and Frank Burt, from a story by
Thomas T. Flynn
Lear in the old
11. Rebel Without a
Cause (Nicholas Ray)
12. Ordet (Carl
13. Rififi (Jules
14. Mama Don't Allow
(Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson)
16. The Far Country
18. The Criminal Life
of Archibaldo De La Cruz (Luis Buñuel)
19. Gumbasia (Art
20. Killer's Kiss
Of the films of 1955 that I haven't seen, I'm most interested in The Phenix City Story and The