birds film rock n roll years


the next episode of the rock ‘n’ roll years covers 1957. i’ve put together a list of some of the classic films of that year. the choice is fairly arbitrary and it could well be that i haven’t actually seen some of those that i’ve listed. only one of them i think is mentioned in the programme. it’s not difficult to guess which. i only have dvds for 3 of them. at least i think i have. if i don’t have them now i once had. you can have a look through and guess which those are.

director title
akira kurosawa throne of blood
ingmar bergman the seventh seal
david lean the bridge on the river kwai
richard thorpe jailhouse rock
john sturges gunfight at the ok corral
stanley donen funny face
delmer daves 3:10 to yuma
sidney lumet 12 angry men
lewis gilbert the admirable crichton
jack arnold the incredible shrinking man
charles chaplin a king in new york
federico fellini nights of cabiria
otto preminger saint joan
george cukor wild is the wind
luchino visconti white nights
yasujirō ozu tokyo twilight

ok i’ll put you out of your misery though if you knew me well and knew your films you might have got that. it’s the kurosawa the bergman and the fellini. 3:10 to yuma i remember watching with my brother on tv it was a great film. i haven’t watched the remake to be frank i’d rather see the original again which i don’t think i’ve seen since that time on tv which was probably back in the 60s.

film literature

mann book films

Another book I read recently is Donald Prater’s biography of Thomas Mann. It’s a good way of finding out about the man, but I would not rate it very highly in terms of classic biographies. On consideration I’m not sure what you would class as classic biographies. Vasari’s Lives of the Artists? Well I’ve never read it so couldn’t possibly say, but maybe George D Painter’s masterly Marcel Proust life or even Ross Russell’s Bird Lives in many ways flawed but still marvellously conjuring up the feel of what it was to be alive in those days.

It amused me slightly to produce this list of some of Mann’s novels that were turned into films.


There are at least 3 film versions of this novel.

Tonio Kroger

Royal Highness

The Confessions of Felix Krull

Mario The Magician

The Magic Mountain

  • The 1982 version
  • Alexander Korda’s brother, Zoltan was supposed to make a version sometime I think in the 50s or 60s, but it never happened

Lotte In Weimar

  • The 1974 film by Egon Günther

Finally I suspect that you don’t have time to watch a whole film right now, but if you do here is Death In Venice Luchino Visconti‘s masterpiece from 1971. To tell you the truth I haven’t seen any of the other films mentioned above, but even so I’m confident that none of them come anywhere near this one. If you don’t have time to watch the whole film then at least I would humbly submit that it is worth watching the beautiful opening sequence after the credits from 2:30 to 6:00 approximately.