Stanley Kubrick – Spartacus
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another year with 5 very good nominees, and it was down to the wire as to who would eventually take home Gold.
5. Jack Cardiff
4. Jules Dassin
3. Fred Zinnemann
2. Billy Wilder
1. Alfred Hitchcock
5. Sons and Lovers – Very slow moving drama that is more of a psychological study than an interesting story. The acting is great with Howard and Stockwell both giving great performances. Film loses some of its impact due to lack of narration that would probably help explain more what is actually happening in the heads of the characters.
4. The Sundowners – Mitchum, Kerr and Ustinov are all fine here, but none of them give a breakout performance here. The story is bland and not much happens in order to try and keep things interesting the whole time. Not quite sure how this film got nominated for Best Picture that year.
3. Never on Sunday – Interesting premise that works despite it being a bit unusual. The cast is quite good with both Mercouri and (writer/director/actor) Dassin managing to make their characters come alive and seem quite realistic. The dialogue is great and the character have discussions in a range of topics in their quest to prove one another wrong in their theories. Fun film that probably would never have been made at that time in America and managed to get 5 Oscar nominations (Actress, Director, Writing, Original song (which it managed to win making history at the time) and Costume Design.
2. Psycho – Can’t believe it took so long for me to finally see this film. Perkins is perfectly creepy as Bates, but knowing the ending hurts this one a bit. Thoroughly enjoyed the whodunit throughout and the clues left for us along the way like breadcrumbs. Can’t say this was scary, but definitely thrilling the whole way through. One of Hitchcock’s best for sure.
1. The Apartment – Excellent movie, has the perfect blend of drama and comedy, written extremely well by Billy Wilder.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! Wilder does superb job with this film, but AH was slightly better with Psycho this year.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!