Stanley Kubrick (Dr. Strangelove)
John Frankenheimer Seven Days in May
My Overall Thoughts:
This was yet another year with a great list of deserving nominees, yet one film was a shoe-in based on the early awards and nothing could top it.
5. Zorba the Greek
3. Mary Poppins
2. My Fair Lady
1. Dr. Strangelove
5. Zorba the Greek – This is in the end a story of friendship between two mismatched men who are complete opposites. Quinn and Bates have great chemistry together and it’s easy to see how they can find things in common throughout the course of the film. The different ways that the two men look at situations make for interesting discussions between them throughout the film. The music and Zorba’s dance have become iconic staples ever since this film was made and it was nice to finally see (and hear) what it was all about.
4. My Fair Lady – Not the best Best Picture, but entertaining never the less. Hepburn is superb in the title role and the analogy of the story works extremely well.
3. Dr. Strangelove – Was probably not as funny to watch during the height of the cold war, but now it’s hilarious. Sellers is spectacular in the 3 roles and Scott and Sterling do excellent jobs playing Army Generals with a bit of problems. Pickens steals the show tho as a bomber commander. Kubrick really knew how to get things going in the Cold War era and most of this seems very plausible for that time frame. The satire works extremely well and despite many scenes supposedly dealing with serious matters, it’s so hard no to laugh at the absurdity of it all.
2. Becket – Amazing story that shows how friendship and integrity can be put to the test when one wishes to fulfill one’s duty. Burton and O’Toole are perfect as the two main leads. Amazing dialogue helps keep this interesting the whole way through. I’m surprised that this film didn’t win more awards because it is done so well.
1. Mary Poppins – Excellent movie that deservingly has been a known children’s (and adult) classic for 50 years.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! There is no doubt that MFL is presented spectacularly and I can agree that it is deserving of such a win but KUbrick’s work on DS is so much better yet the Academy never quite understood him and his work.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!