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Auteurs in the Hollywood Studio System of the 50s

by David Huxley
Auteurs in the Hollywood Studio System of the 50s by David Huxley
The Fifties, what a wonderful era for films! “The Greatest Show on Earth”, “The Ten Commandments”, “White Christmas”, “From Here to Eternity”, “Shane” and “The King and I”. WRONG! While American filmgoers were rushing to fill the seats to see these blockbusters, there were filmmakers creating personal visions that subverted the iconic images of post-war America. Almost all of these films were made under the noses of studio executives who probably had no idea what the hell they were releasing to an unsuspecting public. And the public stayed away in droves. Most of these films were made by top-shelf directors, among them Alfred… Read more

The Fifties, what a wonderful era for films! “The Greatest Show on Earth”, “The Ten Commandments”, “White Christmas”, “From Here to Eternity”, “Shane” and “The King and I”. WRONG! While American filmgoers were rushing to fill the seats to see these blockbusters, there were filmmakers creating personal visions that subverted the iconic images of post-war America. Almost all of these films were made under the noses of studio executives who probably had no idea what the hell they were releasing to an unsuspecting public. And the public stayed away in droves. Most of these films were made by top-shelf directors, among them Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, along with mavericks Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller. In creating this list, I hope others will re-examine their beliefs about Hollywood films of the Fifties.

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