#321: Spring in a Small Town

vdrwlhexpbe38aardzpxbaugyil#321 – Spring in a Small Town, (小城之春), 1948, Fei Mu

After eight years of marriage to Liyan – once rich but now a shadow of his former self following a long, ruinous war – Yuwen does little except grocery and medication shopping. A surprise visit from Liyan’s friend Zhang re-energises the household, but also stirs up long-suppressed feelings and resentments.

#357: The Red Shoes

g9qdwbwslzntorwtgid2lckfdqv#357 – The Red Shoes, 1948, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

In this classic drama, Vicky Page is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov, urges to her to forget anything but ballet, Vicky begins to fall for the charming young composer Julian Craster. Eventually Vicky, under great emotional stress, must choose to pursue either her art or her romance, a decision that carries serious consequences.

#404: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1i03jsr2lh2a14tlpy0pb19nz9n#404 – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948, John Huston

Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster.


#503: Red River

uipfqxyutrgcpdjk4k4fejjvugp#503 – Red River, 1948, Howard Hawks

Headstrong Thomas Dunson starts a thriving Texas cattle ranch with the help of his faithful trail hand, Groot, and his protégé, Matthew Garth, an orphan Dunson took under his wing when Matt was a boy. In need of money following the Civil War, Dunson and Matt lead a cattle drive to Missouri, where they will get a better price than locally, but the crotchety older man and his willful young partner begin to butt heads on the exhausting journey.

#601: Germany Year Zero

xupbfxrlinbzixftibiucus35sb#601 – Germany Year Zero, (Germania anno zero), 1948, Roberto Rossellini

The final film in Rossellini’s war film trilogy (the first two being Rome, Open City and Paisà). Germany Year Zero takes place in post-war Germany, unlike the others, which take place in German-occupied Rome and post-war Italy, respectively. The story follows a twelve-year-old boy, Edmund Kohler, who is mainly left to his own devices in order to survive and to help his family do the same.