#120: Touch of Evil

jxzwig1mhp2fddu9jqox7fzoxqd#120 – Touch of Evil, 1958, Orson Welles

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan. When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies, are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie, in jeopardy.


#257: The Hidden Fortress

qzmpnwqgmbjtvgiuqbdmfsdkw7m#257 – The Hidden Fortress, (隠し砦の三悪人), 1958, Akira Kurosawa

Japanese peasants Matashichi and Tahei try and fail to make a profit from a tribal war. They find a man and woman whom they believe are simple tribe members hiding in a fortress. Although the peasants don’t know that Rokurota is a general and Yuki is a princess, the peasants agree to accompany the pair to safety in return for gold. Along the way, the general must prove his expertise in battle while also hiding his identity.


#290: Ashes and Diamonds

yzcf3tjrfdvru9v9y9ujjjwgjb9#290 – Ashes and Diamonds, (Popiól i diament), 1958, Andrzej Wajda

It’s May 1945, and Nazi Germany has just surrendered. The war is over, but not in Poland. As the German soldiers vacate, the remaining Russian forces and Polish resistance fighters must work out the hierarchies of power in “liberated” Communist Poland. A Polish assassin is given orders to kill a Russian soldier whom he, days before, was fighting alongside, and this moral conflict makes him question the goals for which he has been fighting.

#312: The Ballad of Narayama

atwbzydh5uxoqod0cxqfz9rqwk8#312 – The Ballad of Narayama, (楢山節考), 1958, Keisuke Kinoshita

In Kabuki style, the film tells the story of a remote mountain village where the scarcity of food leads to a voluntary but socially-enforced policy in which relatives carry 70-year-old family members up Narayama mountain to die. Granny Orin is approaching 70, content to embrace her fate. Her widowed son Tatsuhei cannot bear losing his mother, even as she arranges his marriage to a widow his age. Her grandson Kesa, who’s girlfriend is pregnant, is selfishly happy to see Orin die. Around them, a family of thieves are dealt with severely, and an old man, past 70, whose son has cast him out, scrounges for food. Will Orin’s loving and accepting spirit teach and ennoble her family?

#733: Big Deal on Madonna Street

f5oxd8nl0pr3dcyhtyhhrfpsmjl#733 – Big Deal on Madonna Street, (I soliti ignoti), 1958, Mario Monicelli

Best friends Peppe and Mario are thieves, but they’re not very good at it. Still, Peppe thinks that he’s finally devised a master heist that will make them rich. With the help of some fellow criminals, he plans to dig a tunnel from a rented apartment to the pawnshop next door, where they can rob the safe. But his plan is far from foolproof, and the fact that no one in the group has any experience digging tunnels proves to be the least of their problems.

#745: The Music Room

aitn7dl3vjyr3x26sxm0wnxyiq7#745 – The Music Room, (জলসাঘর), 1958, Satyajit Ray

A wealthy landlord who lives a decadent life with his wife and son. His passion – his wife would call it his addiction – is music, and he spends a great deal of his fortune on concerts held for the locals in his magnificent music room. He feels threatened by his neighbour, a commoner who has attained riches through business dealings. His passion for music and quest for social respect are his undoing, as he sacrifices his family and wealth trying to retain it.

#789: Mon Oncle

wh6rypixfy8inlbvivkchlvombc#789 – Mon Oncle, 1958, Jacques Tati

Genial, bumbling Monsieur Hulot loves his top-floor apartment in a grimy corner of the city, and cannot fathom why his sister’s family has moved to the suburbs. Their house is an ultra-modern nightmare, which Hulot only visits for the sake of stealing away his rambunctious young nephew. Hulot’s sister, however, wants to win him over to her new way of life, and conspires to set him up with a wife and job.

#972: Dracula

3m3wmni59zmf1hcqu0dniimalra#972 – Dracula, 1958, Terence Fisher

After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker’s fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker’s friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost.