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1. The Immortal Song (1952)

125 min | Biography, Music, Romance

Veteran director V. Shantaram spins this biopic about poet and musician Honaji Bala - best know for popularizing the lavani dance form and for writing the classic raga Ghanashyam sundara ... See full summary »

Director: Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre | Stars: Panditrao Nagarkar, Lalita Pawar, Sandhya

Votes: 13

In Competition

2. An American in Paris (1951)

Passed | 114 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

84 Metascore

Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary

Votes: 28,764 | Gross: $4.50M

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4. Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)

103 min | Drama

In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son, only to find his people living in squalor and his son a ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, Charles Carson, Joyce Carey

Votes: 555

In Competition

5. Desires (1952)

97 min | Drama

During the Salzburg Festival a drug-addicted ballerina tries everything to get some morphine in her hands. She put her moves on a young pharmacist, Hans Falkner (O.W. Fischer) and almost ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf Hansen | Stars: Heidemarie Hatheyer, O.W. Fischer, Sybil Werden, René Deltgen

Votes: 10

In Competition

7. Detective Story (1951)

Approved | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, Cathy O'Donnell

Votes: 6,657

In Competition

8. Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)

110 min | Comedy, Romance

The story concerns the romance between Carmela and Antonio. The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing ... See full summary »

Director: Renato Castellani | Stars: Maria Fiore, Vincenzo Musolino, Filomena Russo, Luigi Astarita

Votes: 464

In Competition

9. Encore (1951)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

Adaptations of three short stories by W. Somerset Maugham comprise this anthology film where the celebrated author introduces each segment of the film in front of the camera.

Directors: Harold French, Pat Jackson, Anthony Pelissier | Stars: Nigel Patrick, Roland Culver, Alison Leggatt, Charles Victor

Votes: 498

In Competition

10. Fanfan la Tulipe (1952)

Not Rated | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Swashbuckling adventures of young army recruit Fanfan la Tulipe during the reign of King Louis XV in 18th Century France.

Director: Christian-Jaque | Stars: Gérard Philipe, Gina Lollobrigida, Marcel Herrand, Olivier Hussenot

Votes: 2,431

In Competition

11. Genji monogatari (1951)

121 min | Drama

Based on the classic novel by Murasaki Shikibu, written over 1000 years ago. Genji, the son of the emperor, has gained renown among the nobility of Kyoto for his charm and good looks, yet ... See full summary »

Director: Kôzaburô Yoshimura | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Michiyo Kogure, Machiko Kyô, Nobuko Otowa

Votes: 104

In Competition

12. Cops and Robbers (1951)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.

Directors: Mario Monicelli, Steno | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Totò, Ave Ninchi, William Tubbs

Votes: 1,218

In Competition

In Competition

14. One Summer of Happiness (1951)

103 min | Drama, Romance

After graduating from high school 19 year old Göran goes to his uncle Anders's farm in the countryside for recreation. It's summer and a lot of work to do at the farm, but he, the city ... See full summary »

Director: Arne Mattsson | Stars: Edvin Adolphson, Ulla Jacobsson, John Elfström, Folke Sundquist

Votes: 647

In Competition

15. Son of the Nile (1952)

125 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A young man from outskirt rebels against his life and abandons his woman for goes to Cairo .

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Yehia Chahine, Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Nader Galal, Faten Hamamah

Votes: 111

In Competition

16. The Overcoat (1952)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Based on Nikolai Gogol's story with the location changed from Russia to Italy and the time changed to the present (1952), the story is about a poor city-hall clerk (Renato Rascel) whose ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Renato Rascel, Yvonne Sanson, Giulio Stival, Ettore Mattia

Votes: 503

In Competition

17. The Absentee (1952)

112 min | Drama, Mystery

A man suffers great pain for the death of his wife in an automobile accident and decides to investigate the surroundings of the accident that he thinks are mysterious

Director: Julio Bracho | Stars: Arturo de Córdova, Rosita Quintana, Andrea Palma, María Douglas

Votes: 20

In Competition

22. Dead City (1951)

76 min | Drama

Petros finishes his studies and returns to his home, in Mystras. His mother expects him to continue an old vendetta of his ancestors, but he has not such intentions. On the contrary, he ... See full summary »

Director: Frixos Iliadis | Stars: Irene Papas, Nikos Tzogias, Eleni Zafeiriou, Giannis Argyris

Votes: 32

In Competition

23. Are We All Murderers? (1952)

115 min | Drama

Rene is not a bright guy. He was taught to kill by the Resistance. But the WW2 is over and he keeps on killing. He is condemned to death. In jail, expecting the presidential pardon, he mets... See full summary »

Director: André Cayatte | Stars: Marcel Mouloudji, Raymond Pellegrin, Antoine Balpêtré, Julien Verdier

Votes: 274

In Competition

24. Emergency Landing (1952)

100 min | Drama, Crime, War

An American bomber is shot down over the western side of the Oslo fjord during World War II, and survivors are hidden in a church by local citizens to escape German occupiers.

Director: Arne Skouen | Stars: Henki Kolstad, Jack Kennedy, Randi Kolstad, Bjarne Andersen

Votes: 80

In Competition

25. The Evil Forest (1951)

Passed | 79 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Film freely inspired on old poems and legends about the Holy Grail and on the opera by Richard Wagner.

Directors: Daniel Mangrané, Carlos Serrano de Osma | Stars: José Tuset, Victoriano González, Félix de Pomés, Jesús Varela

Votes: 24

In Competition

27. Mexican Bus Ride (1952)

74 min | Comedy

A newly-wed country boy receives the terrible news that his mother is dying, and takes a long and dangerous bus trip to the city to contact a notary for her last will and testament. Will he resist temptation and do the right thing?

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Lilia Prado, Carmelita González, Esteban Mayo, Luis Aceves Castañeda

Votes: 1,118

In Competition

28. Surcos (1951)

104 min | Drama

The struggles of a Spanish family as it emigrates from the country to Madrid circa 1950.

Director: José Antonio Nieves Conde | Stars: Luis Peña, María Asquerino, Francisco Arenzana, Marisa de Leza

Votes: 456

In Competition

29. The Medium (1951)

84 min | Drama, Music

Madame Flora is terrified when she perceives a supernatural presence during one of her fraudulent séances. Menotti's first international success, "The Medium" is a tragedy in two acts for ... See full summary »

Director: Gian Carlo Menotti | Stars: Marie Powers, Leo Coleman, Leopoldo Savona, Belva Kibler

Votes: 92

In Competition

30. Othello (1951)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

The Moorish General Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his Lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality, it is all part of the scheme of a bitter Ensign named Iago.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote, Suzanne Cloutier

Votes: 7,137

In Competition

31. Tico-Tico no Fubá (1952)

109 min | Drama

Fictionalized version of the life of Brazilian composer Zequinha de Abreu (1880-1935), who wrote the song "Tico-Tico no Fubá" that became an international hit in the 1940s.

Director: Adolfo Celi | Stars: Anselmo Duarte, Tônia Carrero, Marisa Prado, Marina Freire

Votes: 63

In Competition

32. Three Women (1952)

104 min | Comedy

Three portraits of young women, each taken from a short story by the French writer Maupassant.

Director: André Michel | Stars: Luc Andrieux, Marcelle Arnold, Madeleine Barbulée, Michel Bouquet

Votes: 8

In Competition

33. Umberto D. (1952)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

92 Metascore

An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova

Votes: 21,314 | Gross: $0.07M

In Competition

35. Viva Zapata! (1952)

Approved | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Díaz in the early 20th century.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 9,766

In Competition

36. The Crimson Curtain (1953)

44 min | Short, Drama

Albertine is a young woman full of grace. She pursues a forbidden relationship.

Director: Alexandre Astruc | Stars: Anouk Aimée, Jean-Claude Pascal, Marguerite Garcya, Jim Gérald

Votes: 88

Out of Competition

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