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  • Sunset Boulevard, directed by Billy Wilder is released. The classic film noir will be reprised on Broadway in 1995.
  • Debuts of Marlon Brando in The Men, Sidney Poitier in No Way Out and director Michelangelo Antonioni with Cronaca di un Amore.
  • Rashomon, directed by Akira Kurosawa is the first Japanese film seen in the west since 1928.

  • Gene Kelly directs and stars in one of the great Hollywood musicals, Singin' In the Rain.
  • Zinnemann's High Noon.
  • Decca purchases Universal
  • Cinerama debuts

  • Bwana Devil is the first feature movie created in 3-D.
  • Hollywood's taboos against implied sex is broken with the immortal kiss of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity.
  • Fox Studios launches its Cinemascope (wide-screen) with The Robe. Both this and the 3-D movie are intended to entice people away from the new invention called television.
  • Hitchcock's Rear Window.

  • The studio system finally begins to break down. Directors and actors are able to work for the studio of their choice instead of being held to contracts.
  • In Japan, Akira Kurosawa directs his masterpeice, Seven Samurai and Fellini's La Strada both become international hits
  • Kazan's On the Waterfront reinforces Marlon Brando as a star
  • Televised McCarthy hearings result in McCarthy's disgrace and begins to stop blacklisting

  • Blackboard Jungle is the first picture to feature rock music. 'Rock Around the Clock'.
  • James Dean makes his debut in East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause.
  • Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali introduces Indian film to the west.

  • Stanley Kubrick directs his first picture The Killing.
  • Love Me Tender marks the debut of Elvis Presley to the movies.
  • Ford's The Searchers
  • Bergman's The Seventh Seal.
  • Release of hundreds of pre-1948 feature films to television starts new relationship between film & TV

  • Hitchcock's Vertigo

  • Some Like It Hot, directed by Billy Wilder, stars Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe.
  • Hitchcock's North By Northwest.
  • Birth of New Wave: Truffaut's The 400 Blows and Resnais's Hiroshima.
  • Fellini's La Dolce Vita.

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