By Roger Ebert
Occasionally there's simply not anything extra soaking up than staring at a film that really appears at lifestyles at the darkish aspect, revealing these darkish components of human nature that we discover so facinating. In Roger Ebert's alternatives of 27 video clips from the darkish Side, he deals a diversified choice from a glance on the seamy part of lifestyles in L.A. in Chinatown to a backwoods homicide long past incorrect in Blood Simple. Throw in classics from Alfred Hitchcock, Notorious and Strangers on a Train, and French excursions de strength, Bob le Flambeur and Touchez Pas au Grisbi and you've obtained the primer on movie noir.
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Cinema’s very technology originated outside of Japan, and from the moment of its adoption, a great many of the films that circulated were from countries such as France, Germany, and Italy, and of particular importance after 1916, the United States, which came to dominate the market for foreign films following the disruption of the European industry that came with World War I. The word yôga came into use to distinguish this cinema from overseas, which gave Japanese viewers their first glimpses of modern Western life, from the comparative term hôga, used to describe Japanese productions.
1958 Peak year for the Japanese film industry, with attendances reaching 1,127 million. Inagaki Hiroshi’s Rickshaw Man (Muhô Matsu no issei) wins the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival. Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari) becomes the first of Ozu Yasujirô’s films to play outside of Japan, as part of the National Film Theatre in London’s Japan Cinema Week, where it wins the Sutherland Trophy for best film. Toei establishes the subsidiary company Toei Television Production (Tôei Terebi Purodakushon).
27 June: Nikkatsu’s first productions of the postwar period, Chuji Kunisada (Kunisada Chûji) and Thus I Dreamed (Kakute yume ari), are released. S. nuclear testing. 1955 Kinugasa’s Gate of Hell wins the Academy Honorary Award. Industry statistical data, such as admissions and box office receipts, are made available by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan from this year onward. 1956 Inagaki Hiroshi’s Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (Miyamoto Musashi) wins the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (formerly the Academy Honorary Award).
27 Movies from the Dark Side (Ebert's Essentials) by Roger Ebert