The Greatest Years in Film History: 1951
Newyorkgoomba on 05/03/2008
|There are memorable films. There are film eras that evoke heights for a particular genre or genres. And rarely, there are single years that elicit an amazing body of work in themselves and stand out to lovers of film of all ages. |
1951 was one of those years, and although two of its classic films were recently bumped from the AFI 100 Year listing, it remains one of the strongest years in world cinema. The post war rebirth of international cinema, challenges to the Motion Picture censorship guidelines and to the restrictions of the McCarthy era, produced some amazing dramas and the development of a new mode of cinematic story telling-Science Fiction. This series, which will highlight years such as 1939, 1942, 1969, 1976 and more recent years, will include global cinema and not just the work of U.S. filmmakers.
So, get your organic popcorn and low fat butter, grab an iced green tea and snuggle next to your domestic partner, we're going to the movies!
NOTE: This is a reading quiz not a fast one - for all you speed demon quiz takers.
Sources include Wikipedia, IMDB, Filmsite.org, Films101 and other web sites, and publications such as Premiere, JumpCut, Radical America and Cineaste. Special thanks to Peter Biskind (Seeing is Believing: How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the Fifties,1983) and J. Hoberman (Village Voice) for their critical writings and reviews and the insights of my colleagues in the Angry Arts Film Collective.
If you enjoy this quiz, please try my other film and Baby Boomer quizzes!
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