Here’s a two-fer – Best Picture winner All The King’s Men directed by Robert Rossen and Stanley Donen’s Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.
…this is one of the most biting tales of political corruption outside of John Frankenheimer’s films (The Manchurian Candidate and Seven Days in May specifically) and made all the more terrifying because not only could it happen in 1949, but it is just as possible in 2011.
…Funny Face never won all the accolades that An American in Pariswas awarded, it is just as good, if not better. MGM musicals in the ‘50s have a strained sense of professionalism, while Funny Face is loose and quickly paced at just 103 minutes. Hepburn’s presence is what really makes this a timeless masterpiece. It stands right next to Breakfast at Tiffany’s as her best work.