Must-sees of 1956

Of interest also Te Wei's "The Coinceited General (Jiao 'Ao De Jiangjun, 24')", not listed on IMDb.

The titles hereby listed have been chosen from among a selection of 82 works.
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1.
The Burmese Harp (1956)
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In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk. (116 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
2.
A Man Escaped (1956)
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Captured French Resistance fighter Lieutenant Fontaine awaits a certain death sentence for espionage in a stark Nazi prison... (99 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
3.
The Searchers (1956)
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A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
4.
Early Spring (1956)
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A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance. (144 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
5.
Seven Men from Now (1956)
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A former sheriff blames himself for his wife's death during a Wells Fargo robbery and vows to track down and kill the seven men responsible. (78 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
6.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
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A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
7.
Sudden Rain (1956)
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This wry chamber piece from director Mikio Naruse focuses on a couple whose pet peeves and minor irritations escalate into major rifts and animosity. (91 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
8.
The Killing (1956)
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Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. (85 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
9.
Street of Shame (1956)
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The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel. (87 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
10.
Il ferroviere (1956)
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The railroad engineer Andrea Marcocci has been working with his partner and friend Gigi Liverani for... (118 mins.)
Director: Pietro Germi
 
11.
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
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Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947. (113 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
12.
While the City Sleeps (1956)
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A serial killer has been killing beautiful women in New York, and the new owner of a media company offers a high ranking job to the 1st administrator who can get the earliest scoops on the case. (100 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
13.
Written on the Wind (1956)
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Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister. (99 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
14.
The Red Balloon (1956 Short Film)
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A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris. (34 mins.)
 
15.
The Wrong Man (1956)
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True story of an innocent man mistaken for a criminal. (105 mins.)
 
16.
Suzaki Paradise Red Light (1956)
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A couple stand indecisively on a bridge in Asakusa. Tsutae and Yoshiji have lost confidence and passion... (81 mins.)
 
17.
Baby Doll (1956)
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A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin. (114 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
18.
Nightmare (1956)
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A New Orleans musician has a nightmare about killing a man in a strange house but he suspects that it really happened. (89 mins.)
Director: Maxwell Shane
 
19.
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
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In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him. (89 mins.)
Director: Russell Rouse
 
20.
The Rose on His Arm (1956)
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A young man ignores his mother's pleas and becomes drawn to a life of crime. (85 mins.)
 
21.
The Band of Honest Men (1956)
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Antonio Buonocore, portiere di condominio, entra in possesso dei clichès per fabbricare banconote false... (106 mins.)
 
22.
Wild Love (1956)
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The film is about some youths' love stories: Franco and his hairdresser girlfriend Adriana, Otello another... (85 mins.)
Director: Mauro Bolognini
 
23.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (98 mins.)
 
24.
Aparajito (1956)
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Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone. (110 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
25.
Moby Dick (1956)
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The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick. (116 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
26.
Rodan (1956)
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Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity. (82 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
27.
Flowing (1956)
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Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo... (117 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
28.
Dimanche à Pekin (1956 Documentary)
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(22 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
29.
Bob le Flambeur (1956)
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Bob, an old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend... (98 mins.)
Director: Melville
 
30.
Toto, Peppino, and the Hussy (1956)
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Antonio, Peppino and Lucia are three brothers who live in the country near Naples. Lucia's son, Gianni... (106 mins.)
 
31.
Attack (1956)
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In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between captain Cooney and lieutenant Costa run high. (107 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
32.
Giant (1956)
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Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates. (201 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
33.
A Wife's Heart (1956)
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(101 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
35.
The Star of Bethlehem (1956 Short Film)
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(17 mins.)
 
36.
Bigger Than Life (1956)
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A seriously ill schoolteacher becomes dependent on a "miracle" drug that begins to affect his sanity. (95 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
37.
The Thick-Walled Room (1956)
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From the Criterion Collection: "Among the first Japanese films to deal directly with the scars of World War II... (110 mins.)
 
38.
Fountainhead (1956)
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(129 mins.)
 
39.
The Killer Is Loose (1956)
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An unhinged, deceptively mild-mannered bank robber escapes prison, seeking revenge on the cop who accidentally killed his wife during a gun battle. (73 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
40.
Yotsuya kaidan (1956)
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Oiwa has been searching for the one who killed her father for a long time. She comes to Yedo and sees a man named Naosuke... (86 mins.)
Director: Masaki Môri
 
41.
Slightly Scarlet (1956)
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An urban wheeler-dealer gets involved in organized crime, corrupt city politics and graft while falling in-love with the fiancée of the newly elected mayor. (99 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
42.
The Man Who Never Was (1956)
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True story of a British attempt to trick the enemy into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack, using a dead man with faked papers. (103 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame