Must-sees of 1952

The titles hereby listed have been chosen amongst a selection of 68 works.
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1.
Umberto D. (1952)
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A elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome. (89 mins.)
 
2.
The Life of Oharu (1952)
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Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society. (148 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
3.
Inazuma (1952)
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(87 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
4.
Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)
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A childless middle-aged couple faces a marital crisis of sorts. (115 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
5.
The Lusty Men (1952)
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Retired rodeo champion Jeff McCloud agrees to mentor novice rodeo contestant Wes Merritt against the wishes of Merritt's wife who fears the dangers of this rough sport. (113 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
6.
Forbidden Games (1952)
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A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death. (86 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
7.
Le Plaisir (1952)
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Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women... (97 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
8.
Europe '51 (1952)
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Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son... (113 mins.)
 
9.
Ikiru (1952)
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
10.
Monkey Business (1952)
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A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth. (97 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
11.
High Noon (1952)
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A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
12.
The Quiet Man (1952)
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A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
13.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
 
14.
The White Sheik (1952)
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During a day in their honeymoon a couple is separated by the city's lust and the desires it produces. (86 mins.)
 
15.
Sudden Fear (1952)
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After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her. (110 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
16.
Carrie (1952)
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Carrie boards the train to Chicago with big ambitions. She gets a job stitching shoes and her sister's... (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
17.
The Crimson Pirate (1952)
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Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings... (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
18.
The Thief (1952)
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A chance accident causes a nuclear physicist selling top secret material to the Russians to fall under FBI scrutiny and go on the run. (85 mins.)
Director: Russell Rouse
 
19.
Othello (1952)
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The general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with one of his officers Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter lieutenant named Iago. (90 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
20.
Angel Face (1952)
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Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne. (91 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
21.
Viva Zapata! (1952)
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The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century. (113 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
22.
The Big Sky (1952)
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The success of the journey focuses on keeping the Indian girl alive as well as themselves to complete trade with the Blackfeet. (140 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
23.
Rome 11:00 (1952)
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Based on an actual incident, this is the story of five girls (told in a slow beginning) who are among... (107 mins.)
 
24.
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
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An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success. (118 mins.)
 
25.
Bend of the River (1952)
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When a town boss confiscates homesteader's supplies after gold is discovered nearby, a tough cowboy risks his life to try and get it to them. (87 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
26.
Casque d'Or (1952)
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In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie... (96 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
27.
Mother (1952)
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A teenaged girl witnesses her widowed mother's attempt to sustain her family. (98 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
28.
Clash by Night (1952)
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Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl. (105 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
29.
Limelight (1952)
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A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives. (137 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
30.
Toto and the Women (1952)
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Antonio Scaparro è ossessionato dalle donne. Pensa che la vita degli uomini sia sempre rovinata da loro e specialmente dal matrimonio... (103 mins.)
 
31.
Macao (1952)
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Nick Cochran, an American in exile in Macao, has a chance to restore his name by helping capture an international crime lord. Undercover, can he mislead the bad guys and still woo the handsome singer/petty crook, Julie Benson? (81 mins.)
 
32.
The Sniper (1952)
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A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant. (88 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
33.
Le grand Méliès (1952 Short Film)
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A biography of the pioneer film director Georges Méliès, featuring his son André playing Georges, and with shots of his second wife, aged 90. (31 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
 
34.
The Las Vegas Story (1952)
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The Las Vegas visit of singer Linda Rollins and her shady businessman husband leads to murder, and the cop on the case is Linda's old flame. (88 mins.)
 
35.
Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)
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With his newspaper about to be sold, crusading editor Ed Hutcheson tries to complete an exposé on gangster Rienzi. (87 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
36.
Pat and Mike (1952)
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Pat is a women's sports sensation unless her fiancé is around. Her new shady manager Mike keeps them apart and develops feelings for her. (95 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
37.
The Narrow Margin (1952)
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A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. (71 mins.)
 
38.
Okuni to Gohei (1952)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse