My Best Films of 1953

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1.
Tokyo Story (1953)
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. (136 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
2.
Duck Amuck (1953 Short Film)
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The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator. (7 mins.)
Stars: Mel Blanc
 
3.
Ugetsu (1953)
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A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
4.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
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In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. (131 mins.)
 
5.
The Big Heat (1953)
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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate. (90 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
6.
The Naked Spur (1953)
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A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers. (91 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
7.
I Vitelloni (1953)
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A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy. (107 mins.)
 
8.
The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave... (105 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
9.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
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Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers. (91 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
10.
Pickup on South Street (1953)
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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring. (80 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
11.
Gion bayashi (1953)
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In the post-war, the sixteen year-old teenager Eiko seeks out the geisha Miyoharu in the district of Gion... (85 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
12.
Statues also Die (1953 Documentary)
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A documentary of black art. (30 mins.)
 
13.
The Band Wagon (1953)
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A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition. (112 mins.)
 
14.
Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
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While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus... (93 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
15.
Little Fugitive (1953)
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A young boy fears that he shot his older brother, who is only faking. He then runs away to Coney Island, a crowded beach area, and gets money by returning soda bottles for their deposits. (80 mins.)
 
16.
El (1953)
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A husband's suave exterior unravels after his marriage, and he unleashes his paranoid and volatile temper on his wife, which escalates to more dangerous and unpredictable tantrums. (92 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
17.
The Sun Shines Bright (1953)
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John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour... (90 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
18.
I Love Melvin (1953)
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Melvin Hoover, a budding photographer for Look magazine, accidentally bumps into a young actress named Judy LeRoy in the park... (77 mins.)
Director: Don Weis
 
19.
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
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An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them. (109 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
20.
Gate of Hell (1953)
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A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting. (89 mins.)
 
21.
Wife (1953)
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Tokyo. Mihoko and Toichi Nakagawa's ten year marriage is crumbling out of inertia. Each knows the other isn't happy... (89 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse