Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The 1961 Retro Hollmann Awards, Part Two

The last day of the 1961 Retrospective, the second day of the Retro Hollmann Awards. Make sure you check out the full roster of nominees and the Top Ten, as well as the first day of the Retro Hollmann Awards.

And now - a visual feast!

Best Cinematography

1. West Side Story
Daniel L. Fapp

2. The Ballad of Narayama
Hiroshi Kusuda

3. The Innocents
Freddie Francis

4. Ballad of a Soldier
Vladimir Nikolayev / Era Savelyeva

5. Black Sunday
Mario Bava

The remaining eight categories after the jump...

Monday, April 29, 2019

The 1961 Retro Hollmann Awards, Part One

The first nine categories of the Retro Hollmann Awards of 1961! Each category is presented in the same order as the original Academy Awards telecast, with only two exceptions: the first two, for they did not exist at the time - one of them still doesn't, but that's OK. On to the awards!

Best Ensemble
A Raisin in the Sun

2. Flower Drum Song; 3. The League of Gentlemen; 4. The Innocents; 5. Judgment at Nuremberg

Of course, if any film was going to win this, it'd be the one up for five acting nominations. The family unit itself is beautifully played, with the realistic moments of frustration and love, doubt and certainty. But there's also generous room for the guests in their household: Bobo, George Murchison, that too-polite white guy, Mr. Asagai.

In second place, the dynamite song-and-dance ensemble of Flower Drum Song. In third, the conspirators - and the women in their lives - in The League of Gentlemen. In fourth, the concerned staff, mischievous children, and checked-out uncle in The Innocents. In fifth, the all-star cast of Judgment at Nuremberg.

The remaining eight categories are after the jump.

Too-Early Oscar Predictions, 2019 Edition

Yes, it's that time again - way-too-early Oscar predictions! Never have I ever gotten more than two or three correct this far ahead, but that does not stop me. Maybe it should, but it won't. Not ever.

Dolemite is My Name
Ford v. Ferrari
The Irishman
The Last Thing He Wanted
Little Women
The Laundromat
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Pain and Glory
Untitled Todd Haynes Project

Five and a half true stories: Dolemite is My Name (biopic of Rudy Ray Moore), Ford v. Ferrari (about the competition between the titular companies for Le Mans 1966), The Irishman (Scorsese and De Niro return to gangster drama), The Laundromat (Panama Papers), Untitled Todd Haynes Project (lawyer takes on polluting chemical company) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Tarantino's riff on Hollywood '69 - fiction, but with real people as players). We also have possible crowdpleaser Yesterday, Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women, Dee Rees' adaptation of Joan Didion's The Last Thing He Wanted, and Pedro Almodovar's showbiz drama Pain and Glory. We'll know soon enough if Pain & Glory or Yesterday have "the goods", as the former is premiering at Cannes and the latter comes out at the end of June.

Last year, I correctly predicted two of the nine eventual nominees: Roma and Vice.

Predictions in six more categories after the jump....

Monday, April 22, 2019

Top Ten of 1961

One of the more difficult Top Tens I've ever had to make. When push came to shove, I thought about what's close to my heart: the films I think about randomly or bring up in conversation; that changed or helped me better articulate my views on something; whose images moved me beyond words.

Honorable Mentions: Bachelor in Paradise, The Ballad of Narayama, Immortal Love, The Innocents and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

The Top Ten - in alphabetical order - after the jump....

Friday, April 19, 2019

1961: The Movies

Wrapping up 1961. These are the 75 movies I saw:

The Absent-Minded Professor
Angel Baby
Babes in Toyland
Bachelor in Paradise
Back Street
Ballad of a Soldier
The Ballad of Narayama
Black Sunday
Blue Hawaii
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Cash On Demand
The Children's Hour
El Cid
Claudelle Inglish
The Curse of the Werewolf
La Dolce Vita
Fear No More
Flower Drum Song
Francis of Assisi
General Della Rovere
Goodbye Again
The Great Impostor
The Guns of Navarone
The Human Condition: Road to Eternity
The Hustler
Immortal Love
The Innocents
Judgment at Nuremberg
King of Kings
The League of Gentlemen
Les liaisons dangereuses
Lover Come Back
A Majority of One
The Mark
Master of the World
The Millionairess
The Misfits
Mr. Sardonicus
Mysterious Island
No Love for Johnnie
Odd Obsession
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
One, Two, Three
One-Eyed Jacks
The Parent Trap
Paris Blues
Pit and the Pendulum
Pocketful of Miracles
Purple Noon
Question 7
A Raisin in the Sun
Return to Peyton Place
Rocco and His Brothers
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
The Savage Innocents
The Seventh Commandment
Snow White and the Three Stooges
Splendor in the Grass
Stop Me Before I Kill!
Summer and Smoke
Throne of Blood
Town Without Pity
Two Women
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
West Side Story
The Young Doctors
The Young Savages
Youth in Fury
On Monday - my Top Ten. On Tuesday, my nominees. And on Thursday and Friday, my awards.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Day Eleven: The Rest of the Nominees, 1961

Over the past two weeks, we've discussed the 1961 Academy Award nominees in the eight major categories, plus score and song. All together, that's 23 films we've looked at, plus a mention of the difficult-to-find Khovanshchina.

Ah, but there were even more films up for Oscars that year! After the jump, nine more nominees, and my thoughts 'upon them.