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"I stick my neck out for nobody!" -- Casablanca -- Best Pictures of 1942 (#1)

Yes, Casablanca is, of course, my choice for the best picture of 1942. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise. There are few classic movies that are as universally loved and rightly so. 527 more words

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Aniki Bóbó -- Best Pictures of 1942 (#2)

Aniki Bóbó is one of those movies unknown to most of the world because its director didn’t have the foresight to produce it in the U.S., France, Japan, or other country with a prolific film output. 877 more words

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“I'll decide with whom my wife is going to have dinner and whom she's going to kill!” –To Be Or Not to Be – Best Pictures of 1942 (#3)

When making a comedy about a serious, emotionally traumatic event, filmmakers usually have to gauge whether or not the public is ready for its cinematic treatment. 656 more words

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"I thought perhaps we'd live together this year, but no." -- There Was a Father -- Best Pictures of 1942 (#4)

Every time I put together one of these lists a movie by Yasujiro Ozu seems to slide in, usually somewhere high on the list, if not on the top. 689 more words

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"That's the only bit of England they got." -- Went the Day Well? -- Best Pictures of 1942 (#5)

There was no shortage of propaganda films from all sides during the Second World War, but the British knew how to make them better than anyone else. 787 more words

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"You have no idea what a long-legged woman can do without doing anything." -- The Palm Beach Story -- Best Pictures of 1942 (#6)

It’s hard to find a movie as diametrically opposed to the last film I wrote about, the socially conscious Hungarian drama Emberek a havason. But, at the risk of sounding too weepy-eyed about the wonder of movies, that really is the joy of film. 846 more words

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Emberek a havason (People of the Mountains) -- Best Pictures of 1942 (#7)

When you think of prolific moviemaking countries,Hungaryisn’t usually the first to pop in our minds. Cinematic powerhouses like theUnited States, France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, Japan, Italy, and Germany, sure, but Hungary? 471 more words

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