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1958. This is such a weird year for me, because as much as I love musicals...I kind of hate Gigi, this years Best Picture Oscar winner. You wouldn't know that by all the nominations/wins that it racked up here at the Fisti Awards, but the fact remains that the film is gorgeously mounted and a technical marvel...it's just vapid and stupid and offensive and boring. You know what isn't vapid, offensive, stupid or boring? Hitchcock's masterpiece...Malle's debut...Le Chanois's opus...Brook's sultry take on Tennessee Williams...Wajda's political message film...the list goes on and on.
This was a year that I had some issues with exploring. Certain Oscar films were not readily available for me, so films like The Defiant Ones, The Old Man and the Sea and The Brothers Karamazov went unseen by me. To be honest, I'm not really sure they would have had any impact on these ballots.
I did see a lot, so with that thought in mind, I present to you the Fisti Awards of 1958!
[NOTE: For the first time in the history of the Fisti Awards, I did not have a Top Twelve in this category. I normally hold off and try and see enough films to fill a complete dozen, but it feels like every film was an adaptation of sorts this year and so I decided to do a Top Six and call it a day]
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Ashes and Diamonds
Elevator to the Gallows
Le Beau Serge
A Night to Remember
Some Came Running