Thursday, September 1, 2016

1964 Fisti Awards

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1964.  Gulp.  Double gulp.  Bring on the feels.

This is such a vibrant and fun year, with two very special films at it's core.  It feels like the year of the big movie musical, and that also plays into my love of it.  Hell, even Oscar went ahead and awarded My Fair Lady Best Picture.  Sure, My Fair Lady is the lesser of the musicals of the year, but that's besides the point.  It's still a delicious win!

But this isn't all about the musicals (although they do win nearly every Fisti Award this year).  In fact, the diversity of the year itself is a godsend.  From political satire to Asian horror to familial dramas to foreign art house to thrillers and French New Wave and Disney and singing and dancing and Gothic pulp melodrama and so much more, this year has everything.

It also has, possibly, the greatest collection of actressing in any year, ever.  In fact, this is such a realism that I could not narrow my personal Lead Actress ballot down to five and, for the first (and quite possibly ONLY) time I have EIGHT Lead Actress nominees.  I just couldn't cut anyone, and all eight would land on my Top 100 Female Performances of All Time list...if I ever got up the balls to actually make one.

So, with that in mind, I present to you the Fisti Awards for 1964!





















Award's Tally

[8 Wins]

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

[3 Wins]

Mary Poppins

[2 Wins]

The Night of the Iguana

[1 Win]

7 Faces of Dr. Lao
My Fair Lady
The Pumpkin Eater
Topkapi

76 comments:

  1. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg... how can anyone not love that film? I was fortunate to see it in the theaters a few years ago and fell in love with it. I really want to see The Young Girls of Rochefort which I heard is just as good. I think Dr. Strangelove is the best film of 1964 w/ Umbrellas in 2nd plus I also love My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Goldfinger, Red Desert, Bande a Parte, The Soft Skin, A Hard Day's Night, Gertrud, and Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow. What a great year that was.

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    1. YASSSSS!!!

      This year was truly extraordinary. Amen to all your loves from it.

      The Young Girls of Rochefort is very good. It's just as colorful and lovely as Umbrellas...but Umbrellas has that extra layer of melodrama that makes it, in my opinion, the better of the two.

      But they are both wonderful!

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  2. WOW!! In what I’m guessing may be the only instance of this happening I could just write ditto because ALL our winners match!!! Of course you know I won’t do that!

    Some of our lineups vary but the ultimate results are the same. I agree that this is an incredibly rich year which I think is why there is a variance in our lists but there were a select few who stood so tall over their competitors there just was no other choice for the win.

    Picture:
    Except for Becket all my titles are at least in your long list. Of our differences I haven’t seen Onibaba and while you know I liked Gertrud it was just too much of a filmed stage play for me.

    My Choices:
    Becket
    Dr. Strangelove
    Mary Poppins
    The Night of the Iguana
    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg-Winner
    All these are terrific but Umbrellas is such a unique experience with its story told through song and color tone it looks like we agree that it stands out as the singular film making achievement of this year.

    Director:
    Our only difference in films we’ve both seen is Forbes for Séance where I think he did a fine job but what stayed with me after viewing that picture was the performances rather than the film as a whole.

    My Choices:
    Jacques Demy-The Umbrellas of Cherbourg-Winner
    Arthur Hiller-The Americanization of Emily
    John Huston-The Night of the Iguana
    Stanley Kubrick-Dr. Strangelove
    Robert Stevenson-Mary Poppins
    Runner-up- Peter Grenville-Becket
    A slate of amazing films to choose from and I usually don't enjoy musicals when they’re fully sung but Demy manages to make Umbrellas completely captivating and in French to boot. Admittedly not a challenge for some but I approached the film with trepidation on first view for just that reason but within minutes I was completely involved in the story.

    Actor:
    So very, very close again! The only nominee on your list not on mine is Desailly and I’ve yet to see The Soft Skin. I was torn between Garner & Attenborough for my fifth spot but ultimately felt that Garner had a few more colors in his performance.

    My Choices:
    Richard Burton-The Night of the Iguana-Winner
    James Garner-The Americanization of Emily
    Rex Harrison-My Fair Lady
    Peter O'Toole-Becket
    Peter Sellers-Dr. Strangelove
    Runner-Up-Richard Attenborough-Séance on a Wet Afternoon
    Sellers is amazing in his multiple roles, Garner both bluff and empathetic as the dog robber in Americanization of Emily, Harrison inimitable in My Fair Lady and O'Toole a commanding King Henry but this was Burton's prize in a walk. Really a combination award not only for his brilliance in Iguana but his equally impressive work in Becket the same year.

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    1. How amazing is this!

      I'm SO happy that you adore The Umbrellas of Cherbourg as much as I do! It's just one of those films that defies filmmaking...it is an animal all it's own. I remember reading a tweet one time about how movies should have stopped once this one was made, and I think that sums up just how special this film is.

      Of your BP noms, you know I'm a fan of the four that are found on my Top 12...and I think we spoke about Becket a bit...I liked it, but I found it almost equal parts enthralling and dragging.

      For director...it is Demy all the way. Surprised that you weren't as swayed by Forbes as I. I felt like the way he manipulated tensions in Seance was masterful. Hiller handles the tone of Emily wonderfully, I agree.

      You should see The Soft Skin. It's really a great film. Truffaut is in my top tier of directors, so I may be partial, but Desailly's performance is so full of panic and passion.

      You know how I feel about Garner. He was #6 for me.

      But yes...Burton 100%!

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  3. Actress:
    Funny we both have eight possibles but only four matches, though Shirley (a complete delight in WAWTG!) is in your long list. Of our differences, while I adore Audrey Hepburn she didn’t do much for me in the beginning of My Fair Lady, she was fun and she tried to be low but it just wasn’t in her nature. I love Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins but I’ve always seen her nomination and win as a compensation for not being given My Fair Lady. I found her work in Americanization of Emily much deeper but as you mentioned is she lead or supporting and with so many other options I decided not to figure that out. I haven’t seen Red Desert.

    My Choices:
    Anne Bancroft-The Pumpkin Eater-Winner
    Catherine Deneuve-The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
    Geraldine Page-Dear Heart
    Nina Pens Rode-Gertrud
    Kim Stanley-Séance on a Wet Afternoon
    Runner-Ups-Maria Casares-Les dames du Bois de Boulogne, Deborah Kerr-The Chalk Garden, Shirley MacLaine-What a Way to Go!
    All fantastic work and I have a special place in my heart for Gerry Page's performance in Dear Heart though Catherine Deneuve would be my runner-up but Anne's complex work in Pumpkin Eater is perhaps my favorite of any she ever did. What a fierce presence that woman had.

    Supporting Actor:
    This is the farthest apart were going to get today. I see you have both the men from Gertrud in your lists, I thought they both gave good performances but the only person who truly moved me in the film was Nina Pens Rode.

    My Choices:
    James Coburn-The Americanization of Emily
    Stanley Holloway-My Fair Lady
    John Mills-The Chalk Garden
    Keenan Wynn-Dr. Strangelove
    Peter Ustinov-Topkapi-Winner
    Runner-ups-Slim Pickens-Dr. Strangelove, George C. Scott-Dr. Strangelove, David Tomlinson-Mary Poppins
    This was the only category I had to ponder over a clear choice. My favorite supporting male performance of the year was given by Keenan Wynn in Strangelove but that was hardly more than one scene and that seems unfair to the other performers. I adore Ustinov in most everything and here he was especially fine so I'll go with the academy's pick.

    Supporting Actress:
    You are really all in for the ladies of Iguana! I thought Grayson Hall was riveting in her mad weird dementia and repression but while I thought she gave a customarily fine performance Deborah Kerr moved me much more in her other film of the year, The Chalk Garden. Maybe it was just that the others were so forceful they drowned her out. I’m going to have to make a point to see The Soft Skin.

    My Choices:
    Ava Gardner-Night of the Iguana-Winner
    Glynis Johns-Mary Poppins
    Hayley Mills-The Chalk Garden
    Susan Oliver-Your Cheatin' Heart
    Paula Prentiss-Man’s Favorite Sport
    Runner-Ups-Olivia de Havilland-Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte, Grayson Hall-The Night of the Iguana, Anne Vernon-The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
    The wonderfully talented and underrated Susan Oliver didn't have much of a film career but she's by far the best thing in Cheatin' Heart acting rings around co-star George Hamilton. Hayley plays all the notes of her troubled character well in Chalk Garden, Paula’s sly playing of an utter klutz raises that trope to nearly an art form and I'll never understand with all the love thrown Mary Poppins way how Glynis Johns's gloriously addled and oblivious Mrs. Banks failed to yield her a nomination. In a weaker year she might have even been my winner. Ava Gardner though AVA GARDNER!! She’s ferocious, powerful and wonderfully alive. This is the piece of work any doubters that she could act need to see.

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    1. Interesting that you have Les dames du Bois de Boulogne in 1964. I had it all over my 1945 ballot. Crazy that it wasn't released in the US until 1964.

      I agree with you 100% that this is Bancroft's finest hour. Tour de Force is a term created for this kind of performance. Only Vitti comes close to taking this from her. So happy to see Rode snag a nom from you.

      I love how the only nominee we match with on Sup. Actor is our winner, but what a great winner! I had Wynn in my lineup for a while, but he eventually got inched out. I have such a soft spot for Tomlinson's performance, and Scott is just iconic.

      Those women in Iguana were just incredible. Gardner is, without question, the best...but Kerr's quiet fire and Hall's ferocity are just infectious to behold.

      I haven't seen The Chalk Garden, Your Cheatin' Heart or Man's Favorite Sport, so I can't judge those picks, but Johns was very close to snagging a nom from me.

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    2. As I was looking at these lists and considering the winners the similarities between Gardner and Bancroft struck me and I thought how interesting it would have been to see each woman in the others role. Since both were at the peak of their powers at this point I can envision each giving a fascinating interpretation, although I doubt a better one.

      Funny they represent different types of stardom, although during Ava's peak Anne was active in her first unsuccessful try at Hollywood, but their styles are comparable in many ways. It would have been very cool to have seen them cast together in a project as sisters.

      I jostled the Strangelove guys in and out of my lineup because all of them are so good but Keenan Wynn's performance, regardless of how small it is, has always been my favorite so in he went. I felt the same way when it came to Steven Hill's knockout one scene wonder in Running on Empty. I love Tomlinson in Mary Poppins as well, all the performances in that film are so well judged, he'd be my sixth place.

      Susan Oliver is the only reason to see My Cheatin' Heart and Man's Favorite Sport is just a puffy little comedy with excellent performances by Prentiss and Rock Hudson but I love the weird beast that is The Chalk Garden and recommend it highly.

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    3. I really need to get more into Gardner's career.

      I'm so with you on Steven Hill, as I'm sure you remember (since he's a nominee for me)...such a brilliant use of one scene.

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    4. I meant to offer a few suggestions for Ava Gardner films too check out but it slipped my mind. For a star of her magnitude she wasn't utilized as well as many other performers by MGM, but she was a scrappy one who fought a great deal with Mayer about what he handed her which limited her output.

      However the films she made that are really worth seeing would be:

      The Killers with Burt Lancaster-This is the one that really pulled her out of the pack and started her on her way. It's an excellent noir to boot.

      The Hucksters-her role is small but it moved her forward quite a bit at the time and the film itself is a decent entertainment

      Show Boat-A absolutely beautiful performance as the ill-fated quadroon Julie.

      The Snows of Kilimanjaro-Episodic version of Hemingway's story that is star studded with Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward besides Ava but she gives the best performance.

      The Sun Also Rises-Another Hemingway adaptation with an excellent supporting performance by a dissipated Errol Flynn.

      On the Beach-VERY grim drama of a nuclear war that is wiping out humanity with good performances including a straight supporting turn by Fred Astaire.

      There are a few others where she's very good but the films are more variable:

      Mogambo-This was her only Oscar nomination, she's very good and the reason to see the movie but the rest of the film is a weak watered down redo of Red Dust (SEE THAT MOVIE!)

      Pandora & the Flying Dutchman with James Mason-Tries for a mystical feeling but I felt it was draggy.

      One Touch of Venus-She's a mannequin come to life!! so you get the idea. This was the inspiration for the 80's film Mannequin and much more charming than that mess.

      Singapore with Fred MacMurray a sort of Casablanca reworking. Not a bad movie but definitely a B.

      The Barefoot Contessa with Humphrey Bogart & Edmond O'Brien (he won the Supporting Actor Oscar) this could just be me, many people love it but I thought the film was kind of dull.

      She was quite a free spirit who pursued her career after her heyday as she put it "strictly for the loot" and made many other films that are junk but drawing the parallels with Anne Bancroft closer after Doris Day turned down The Graduate she was Mike Nichols next choice for Mrs. Robinson but after a cordial but rough interview between the two he decided she would be more of a handful than he wanted to deal with.

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    5. YAY!!! I love viewing assignments. Can't wait to dig into these. I've been wanting to see Show Boat for years, so now I have an even bigger reason to.

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  4. Love all your tech awards, particularly the win for Mary Poppins in adaptation and the Cinematography prize for Umbrellas. Also you didn’t watch 7 Faces of Dr. Lao in vain since it took the makeup award! Actually I agree with every one of your choices (LOVE your Best Song winner) except Costume Design.

    My Fair Lady had awesome designs to be sure but when I think about it only two scenes stick out in my mind, Ascot & Audrey’s gown at the ball whereas in What a Way to Go! Shirley is in one mind-blowing creation after another. If the whole Lush Budgett sequence didn’t send me into sensory overload just thinking about the things she traipses around in during Paul Newman’s nutty episode would turn the trick and those two are only the start (Think Pink!!). Lady definitely deserves to be in the lineup but WAWTG would have to take the trophy for me.

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    1. I went back and forth between My Fair Lady, What a Way to Go! and The Fall of the Roman Empire for that Costume award...back and forth and back and forth and eventually I just bit the bullet and gave it to My Fair Lady for the sheer fact that I felt bad not giving it anything.

      It needed one win.

      And I'm so glad you agree on the Song win! I love how in-sync we are this year!!!

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    2. I agree that My Fair Lady is an awesome film in look and content but I'd still rip that statue right out of its hand and pass it over to Shirley and the What a Way to Go! team preferably in that champagne glass bed while she in that Mrs....a Pinky...Benson!!! getup.

      The Fall of the Roman Empire is a ponderous bore but the places it does excel are in its costuming and production design. So I can understand your conundrum.

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    3. I think I slept through most of The Fall of the Roman Empire...seriously...it felt like every single scene was about 5 minutes too long.

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    4. It fell victim to Roadshow-itis. It's came right smack dab in the middle of the fever for those overblown pageants, thanks to the success of Ben-Hur & How the West Was Won, that HAD to have an Entrance-Intermission-Exit Music to justify their reserve ticket prices and create the illusion of a Have To See It event. Same thing eventually crept into musicals and killed off the genre.

      There's a good book about the phenomenon called Roadshow! that's worth a read.

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    5. Love it! One of these days I'll actually read half the books you reference...or you could just start your own blog and I could read it all there.

      ;-)

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    6. I just have to say I love what Joel and you say and agree with Joel and the films of Ava Gardner although I liked Pandora more than he did.

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    7. More Gardner endorsements! I have some movie watching to do!

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  5. After this post, I now definitely want to see The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Onibaba as I haven't seen either. I know this: that song from Umbrellas must be THE SHIT if it beat out both A Hard Day's Night and Supercalifragilistic... Great job!

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    1. I have such a real soft spot for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. The memories and emotions it fills me with are the stuff of movie magic. That song is the epitome of emotional dreamy love ballad...it's absolute perfection!

      Onibaba is, in a word, the shit!

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  6. Oh my God what a bad year for me. I've only seen Mary Poppins.

    *hangs head in shame*

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  7. Yayyy more! Again. barely seen half these films! Love the Bancraft win, I never finished that film but the scene of here in the department store was heartbreaking! Also I'm surprised my Fair Lady wasn't in cinematography lol. And, I like how the pic of 'Seance's' score is just a photo of a record xD ALSO, you'll be mighty pleased to hear I FINALLY watched Carol~ :3

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    1. Finish The Pumpkin Eater!

      My Fair Lady was, like, #7 or #8 in Cinematography, that's how rich this year was. So many beautifully mounted films.

      UGH, Carol...slay my heart. Hope you loved it!

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    2. Hate to break it to ya man but I was a little disappointed ;-; Like, whenever a film gets acclaim from every angel, my expectation of it grow to a delicious agree, and then I do see it and it doesn't match said expectation I'm just like "oh". I'm not saying it wasn't well made, but after Far From Heaven, plus my own emotional sledgehammers from last year like The Revenant and Sunset Song (tell me you've seen it yet? XD) and Life Is Strange (a game), ...yeah. Pretty hard to beat! xD

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    3. Sunset Song is on my list, for sure, so I'll be sure to let you know once I see it.

      But Carol...would be hard to beat, for me.

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    4. I know! And I kinda feel like a bad guy for not liking it more, weh. :c

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    5. Really? Why? What was their reason?

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    6. Different opinions, I guess. Too slow, from some. Check the blogosphere...the reviews are out there.

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    7. I will say though, that scene where they go through the tunnel is stuck in my had hahaha

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    8. I play many moments of that film on repeat...but that's for another post :-D

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    9. So I rewatched a couple times, (and also saw Legend) and you'll be pleased to hear it's I'm much more happy with it now :)

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    10. UGH, write a review!!!

      But if you don't want to, I'd love to hear your thoughts on either my Carol review post or my 2015 Fisti Awards post ;-)

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    11. Happy birthday or Christmas or father's day or whatever comes first! :P Also I already read your review, I wish I coud write as well as you ;-; http://imakill3r.blogspot.in/2016/09/carol-2015-review.html?m=1

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    12. YAY! Can't wait to read it!

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    13. Thank you for the feedback! :D And you definitely should write that antagonist thing, I'd love to read who you choose! ^^

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    14. I wanna try to watch I Am Love as well, what do you think of it?

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    15. I need to rewatch it...I liked it, but didn't love it like most. Swinton is great, and the whole look (production design/costuming/etc.) is incredible.

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    16. Just started Watching Only Lovers Left Alive, seen that one?

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    17. Yes. I didn't love it. I thought Mia Wasikowska was, by far, the best thing about it.

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    18. What do you think's wrong with it? I haven't gotten to her yet

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    19. http://afistfuloffilms.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-visual-vampire-odyssey-lost-bit-in.html

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    20. It is what it is. I didn't hate it...but it wasn't my favorite.

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    21. I am really excited to see what you do for '07. Some of my favorite movies ever are from that year haha.

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    22. It will come soon, promise!

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    23. Do you think you'll ever do any awards for TV?

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    24. You'll just have to wait and see.

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    25. Hey Drewwwww :3 http://imakill3r.blogspot.in/2016/09/xavier-dolans-mommy-review.html?m=1

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    26. I saw...I shall be over soon to check it out!

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    27. "Experience for all the movie scenes in all the world"? I'm not English-ing to good today xD Also where do you mention in the series she lost a child? The link only sent me to the general page for it :/

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    28. 'Experience' is the name of the song used in that scene.

      Also, I touch upon Kyla's situation a few times, but most notably point 30:

      http://afistfuloffilms.blogspot.com/2016/03/100-reasons-why-mommy-is-my-favorite_27.html

      and 85:

      http://afistfuloffilms.blogspot.com/2016/03/100-reasons-why-mommy-is-my-favorite_80.html

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    29. Okay coool! XD Also I started a WordPress site, but the programming for it is really confusing xD

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    30. From what I can tell it's more or less the same kinda thing as here, just, on it's own site. btw this is a weird question, but what do you think of the indie films that have come out in that past... 5 years?

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    31. Something tells me I should open a random thoughts thread...because we haven't talked about 1964 much at all...

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    32. Sorry ^^; I'm just scatter brained rn. But also, what else is there to talk about... About it..? XD

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    33. You mention you haven't seen half of these...what have you seen? What would your ballots look like? What films from this year that I didn't include would you have? Any suggestions?

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    34. Haven't seen any of your BP noms believe it or not xD Watched My Fair Lady recently, looked pretty but the pacing was awful. FOr me the sixties don't become all the interesting until '65 onwards, no idea why.

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    35. Gurl, you have some movie watching to do, since the early 60's are absolute LOVE! I've toted 1962 as one of the greatest years for film EVER.

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    36. Ooh, best film you saw for this year that you didn't nominate for anything?

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    37. Probably Lilith. It makes my Top 12 in many places and was VERY close to snagging Hackman a Sup. Actor nom for his one scene wonder of a performance and Beatty is top notch (and I normally can't stand him) and the cinematography was PAINFUL to snub because it was beautiful.

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    38. Sounds great! How'd you watch it? Id like to see it if I can hehe

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    39. Netflix. It's available there.

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  8. To me this is one of the best years since this is the year I was born:) I was so happy to have seen Umbrellas of Cherbourg on the big screen. It is so rich with colours and the singing is great. I love that you picked the 7 Faces of Dr. Lao. Such a wild perfirmance(s) from Tony Randall. I would be so tempted to put a Fistful of Dollars somewhere ...probably in the best score area. I may even pick The Train for best cinematography. I would have to pick Lets go fly a kite because it is such a pretty song and makes me smile. It's so good to see you here

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    1. I wasn't in love with 7 Faces of Dr. Lau, but from a technical standpoint, it couldn't be ignored.

      Cherbourg...UGH...swoon!

      I didn't get a chance to see A Fistful of Dollars...I couldn't find it anywhere. I hope I'll see it someday.

      I have seen The Train, but I have it competing in 1965. Time to work on those awards :-D

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    2. Oh what a shame you can't find a copy anywhere. I bought a copy at Giant Tiger which is a Canadian Store that sells things from clothes, food to towels etc... I am amazed at the movies they have for sale there. For example, I bought Brokeback Mountain for $3.00 and just picked up a collector's edition of 4 W.C. fields comedic for $20.00. They are mixed up with other movies you couldn't care about but they have some great gems.

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    3. Yeah, I need to find a good used/vintage DVD shop by me!

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  9. Ok, I really *do* need to see Gertrud. :P And rewatch The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which I should probably move to ’64. ’65 feels really weak, though. (TUOC was apparently my #7 that year, but it’d make my top 5 now.)

    But I just can’t with this awesomeness. Like, where do I start?! Thrilled about the dominance of Mary Poppins, Dr. Stangelove, Onibaba, and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. I really like My Fair Lady as well.

    Gardner-Hall-Kerr!!! (WHY is Kerr not in my lineup?!) YAASSS! Ugh, The Night of the Iguana has so many great performances. And Burton!!! Easily one of my favorite Fisti wins ever. Love that you included his Becket performance as well.

    The Ustinov win makes me happy. I LOVE what Fonda did in Fail-Safe, but Ustinov (my runner-up) was brilliant! Thrilled to see Attenborough and Stanley both nominated for Seance as well.

    Oh, your Score lineup is to die for! Ugh, so much great stuff here, man!

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    1. YAY!!!

      The core films for me (Poppins, Strangelove, Onibaba, Umbrellas) kind of dominated everywhere, but they deserved to. Like...they are all so great because they are great in every aspect. In fact, snubbing them in certain places was painful.

      You do need to see Gertrud.

      That trifecta of awesome in Night of the Iguana is everything, and Burton just caps it all off with one of his best perfs ever...and I LOVE him as an actor (you know this).

      Fonda was probably #7 for me.

      Score was delicious this year.

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  10. ...so, you're not a fan of Zorba the Greek, then?

    I haven't watched it in years, but I remember really liking it, especially Anthony Quinn who would be my runner-up for the Best Actor prize which can ONLY go to the brilliant Peter Sellers doing such amazingly pitch perfect work, often unrecognizable, in all four of those parts. Talk about a tour de force! Of course, The Pink Panther factors into that a bit as well, since he's also great in that but I don't think I would nominate him.

    I was VERY pleasantly surprised to see Onibaba all over this. Old school Japanese horror is great and this is an incredible achievement in the genre.

    But it all comes down to the umbrellas, doesn't it? Mary Poppins vs. Umbrellas of Cherbourg. My Fair Lady is fine but, dear LORD is it stuffy. I mean, I love it, but the last couple of times I watched it I could practically smell the mothballs. Umbrellas would likely sweep the year for me except in Best Actress, where Julie would win for either Poppins or Emily. Maybe both? Her Poppins performance is SO sly. It just gets better and better with age. But as Joel said, her Emily perf goes deeper. But then there's Kim Stanley in Seance on a Wet Afternoon, which I ADORE! And I think Audrey is highly underrated in My Fair Lady because of the whole casting controversy. UGH I DON'T KNOW THIS IS SUCH A GOOD YEAR FOR ACTRESSING.

    Best Picture Five: Poppins, Seance, Strangelove, Umbrellas... and either Band of Outsiders, Onibaba, or Woman in the Dunes.

    Also: I need to see Night of the Iguana. It's probably the biggest hole in my Tennessee Williams viewing. And, apparently, The Pumpkin Eater.

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    1. I didn't see Zorba the Greek...

      Now I wish that I had.

      Gurl, you say Sellers is the ONLY answer and then you admit (much later, so as to confuse me, I'm sure) that you haven't even seen Night of the Iguana!!! Burton is the ONLY answer, trust!

      Onibaba is amazing.

      YASSSSS, Umbrellas vs. Poppins all the way. Such perfect films, but it's always Umbrellas for me.

      ALL THE FEELS!

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    2. LOL, okay FINE, MAYBE I buried the lede.

      But Burton would have to be even better than he is in Virginia Woolf to even have a chance at beating Sellers (such is my love for Sellers in Strangelove), and I HIGHLY doubt that's the case.

      See Zorba! I should probably give it a rewatch myself.

      Umbrellas of Cherbourg is ALL the feels, times about a million.

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    3. I love Sellers and his performance, but Burton just kills it for me.

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