November 6th, 2008

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Small Triumphs

I've been watching all the movies that have won the Oscar for Best Picture, and the next one on my list was Marty, the 1955 winner, directed by Delbert Mann and starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair.

The movie tells the story of one weekend in the life of a 34-year-old butcher who still living with his mother and hoping for love. The film tells a simple story well, with moments of heartbreak, laughter and joy. In addition to Best Picture, the movie also won Best Director (for debut director Mann), Best Actor (Ernest Borgnine) and Best Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky).

But first, a few words about the 1954 winner, On the Waterfront, which beat out competitors The Caine Mutiny, The Country Girl, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Three Coins in the Fountain.

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