backtrack; The ten commandments (1956)

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Characters, sets, storyline – everything is grand in this bombastic, spectacular, larger-than-life extravaganza. Literally awesome with its oldfashioned mannerisms and Pre-Raphaelite attention to detail.

Religion, kinship, power. Maybe in my book of biblical proportions.

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Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Beginning with the infamous school shooting of 1999, this biased probing of american weaponry obsession tries to connect the individual with the national.

Today we have become accustomed to Michael Moore’s sly methods of manipulation, but back in 2002 this was still fresh and different. In my book of fear and gun control.

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backtrack; High society (1956)

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Philadelphia Story, the popular stage play of 1939 turned elegant screwball »comedy of remarriage« in 1940, is here transformed – by many able hands – into a witty and different musical. Nothing really profound is made of the find-your-true-self theme, though.

Lesser than its predecessor, but still a nice piece of quality entertainment. Probably in my book.

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backtrack; Invasion of the body snatchers (1956)

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One of my favourite movies of all time, despite the awkward title. The down-to-earth and low-budget execution works surprisingly well with the creepy and mindblowing story of individuality versus conformity.

In my book of humanity.

P.S. Fun for the whole family: Compare differences and similarities of thematic focus and handling – watch the original plus the remakes from 1978, 1993, and 2007. Interesting, and in many ways quite telling!

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backtrack; Giant (1956)

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In a bold mix of male competition and societal changes, James Dean finds out that things can get very dark standing in the shadow of a greater man.

Gigantic in both length and scope, this one qualifies for my book of race, class, and gender.

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backtrack; The man who knew too much (1956)

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I find it hard to decide whether Hitchcock’s only remake really is that superior to his 1934 original. The comparison is interesting since the two movies tells roughly the same story but are still quite different from one another – scriptwise and in execution.

Better or not, this is good solid suspense from the master. Probably in my book.

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backtrack; Sommarnattens leende (1955)

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Elegant and cynical comedy of sorts, with a happy ending of sorts. Not your regular Bergman fare, but some of his favourite themes – love, dependency, power – are in full view.

Maybe in my book of tongue-in-cheek Shakespearian wit.

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