Of course this was gonna be the choice for 1949. There was no alternative. Find me a film that had such a lasting impact on film and better represents 1949 better than this one.
You have David O. Selznick, top Hollywood producer, and Alexander Korda, top British producer, working together. You’re dealing with the realities of a post-war Vienna, divided into American, British, Russian and German sectors, as well as the classic noir tropes of American cinema. Add to that the brilliant work of Carol Reed and Robert Krasker, and you have an absolute perfect choice.
What, were you gonna choose Come to the Stable instead? (more…)