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1950 was an extraordinarily good year for movies

Victor Khomenko,

Yes, Born Yesterday does have a special quality and one I think of as very American: someone who won't allow themselves to be bullied and by staying true to their sense of what is just, finds themselves successful beyond their expectation.

The year 1939 was a good one for Hollywood and so was 1950. Besides "Born Yesterday",1950 saw two other great movies that are wonderfully Amerkun in the converse,demonstrating on one hand, what happens when someone abandons their integrity - becomes a manipulator by ego-stroking or, alternately,is manipulated through ego-stroking. In "Sunset Boulevard", William Holden pays the price for taking the easy road, preying on the ego of faded movie-star Gloria Swanson and Bette Davis is taken for a ride by the flattering fan worship of the delightfully devious and passive-aggressive Anne Baxter in "All about Eve".

The casts of both movies are terrific, Sunset including Eric von Stroheim as the surreptitious ego-stroker, protecting Swanson from reality and in All About Eve, George Sanders as the cynical critic. Marilyn Monroe makes her film debut in Eve as the chorus girl girlfriend of a theatrical producer. Everyone in both movies is great and Sunset especially is beautifully photographed.

If I even accidentally see more than ten minutes of another Star Bores, Harry Plopper or idiotic 2D Marvel frenzy, I shall watch "Seven Samurai", and "The Third Man" on a loop the rest of my life.

Color is simply not necessary.

Bambi B


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