In this episode, Ben and I have a way too early discussion about the films which could be represented at the 90th Academy Awards in early 2018.
Bach: The Goldberg Variations was released;
Five US missionaries were killed by the Huaorani people of Ecuador;
The Winter Olympics were held in Cortina d’Ampezzo;
Elvis Presley released, “Heartbreak Hotel,”
Doris Day’s released her signature song “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be),”
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed over 500 for the first time,
My Fair Lady opened on Broadway,
Marty was named the best film of 1955
Pakistan became the first Islamic republic,
As the World Turns debuted on CBS,
Grace Kelly married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco;
Rocky Marciano retired without losing a boxing match in his career;
The United Methodist Church allowed women to become clergy for the first time,
The first Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast;
Elvis Presley performed a controversial version of “Hound Dog” on The Milton Berle Show;
The Summer Olympics were held in Melbourne;
Gamal Abdel Nasser became the 2nd President of Egypt;
President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act;
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed their last comedy show together;
“In God we trust” became the US National motto;
Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show;
The hard disk drive was introduced by IBM;
Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in the World Series;
13-year-old chess prodigy Bobby Fischer defeated grandmaster Donald Byrne in The Game of the Century;
Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal;
The Huntley-Brinkley Report debuted on NBC;
Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg was published;
Hungary attempted to leave the Warsaw Pact;
The United States Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling in Browder v. Gayle, holding bus segregation in Alabama was unconstitutional;
Dwight Eisenhower defeated Adlai Stevenson for the second time to win reelection as President of the United States;
Floyd Patterson became world heavyweight champ;
The “Million Dollar Quartet” played together in Memphis;
Japan joined the United Nations;
To Tell the Truth debuted on CBS;
Bob Barker made his television debut;
Mel Gibson, Davis Caruso, Imelda Staunton, Bill Maher, Geena Davis, Mimi Rogers, Johnny Rotten, Nathan Lane, Aileen Wuornos, Tim Daly, Bryan Cranston, Dana Delany, Steve Ballmer, Ray Combs, Diamond Dallas Page, Andy Garcia, Lars von Trier, Dan Patrick, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bob Saget, Patricia Cornwell, Kenny G., Joe Montana, Randy Jackson, Anthony Bourdain, Chris Isaak, Tom Hanks, Sela Ward, Tony Kushner, Charlie Crist, Dorothy Hamill, Delta Burke, Jim Neidhart, Bruce Greenwood, Rusty Wallace, Adam Arkin, Joan Allen, Paul Molitor, David Copperfield, Gary Cole, Linda Hamilton, Christoph Waltz, Danny Boyle, Carrie Fisher, Dwight Yoakam, Rita Wilson, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Richard Curtis, Warren Moon, Bo Derek, Dale Jarrett, William Fichtner, and Larry Bird were born;
While Sir Alexander Korda, H.L. Mencken, A.A. Milne, Connie Mack, Fred Allen, Edward Arnold, Jean Hersholt, Jackson Pollock, Bela Lugosi, Alfred Kinsey, Babe Zaharias, Art Tatum, and Tommy Dorsey died.
The following is a list of my ten favorite films released in 1956:
The film focuses on two Viennese women, Maria (Asta Nielson) and Grete (Greta Garbo), as they struggle to survive and better their circumstances during the interwar years.
Maria becomes a prostitute. While Grete (Greta Garbo) miraculously holds on to her virtue.
The film is melodramatic and moralistic, but provides a fascinating look at the economic wasteland of Austrian life in the interwar years and explains how Hitler was able to rise to power. People were so desperate for economic relief, very little else mattered.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
Joanna Drayton comes home unexpectedly to announce to her parents, publisher Matt (Spencer Tracy) and art gallery owner Christina (Katharine Hepburn) she’s getting married to John (Syndey Poitier). Joanna’s progressive parents have taught her race shouldn’t be a determinate in how you treat other people, but their theoretical posturing is put to the test when they realize their little girl is going to marry a black man.