Another decade down, another SASY Rank mini-post. With the 1940s now behind us it is time for the two of us to scrawl down the films that impressed us the most from the decade. There are 36 films from the 1940s on the Sight & Sound list, but as it happens we are largely on the same page with regard to our selections. Neither of us could resist throwing 11 films into our respective Top 10s and we share nine films. That’s a good indication of how strong these nine films were, because this was a particularly satisfying decade for the both of us. There were quite a few filmmakers boasting multiple list films during the decade (Powell & Pressburger, Howard Hawks, Roberto Rossellini, John Ford, Orson Welles) but nobody dominated our Top 10 lists the way that Jean Renoir did in the 1930s. No, we’ve spread the love around on this one and can’t wait to move into the 1950s with our next yammer.
We’ve already yammered about all of the films below, so we’ll leave the lists to speak for themselves. But if you want more, then click on a film title to be magically transported to our conversation.
|1.||Casablanca (1942)||1.||Citizen Kane (1941)|
|2.||Late Spring (1949)||1.||The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)|
|3.||Brief Encounter (1945)||3.||Late Spring (1949)|
|4.||Citizen Kane (1941)||4.||Out of the Past (1947)|
|5.||Out of the Past (1947)||5.||Casablanca (1942)|
|6.||The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)||6.||Day of Wrath (1943)|
|7.||The Shop Around the Corner (1940)||7.||Bicycle Thieves (1948)|
|8.||A Canterbury Tale (1944)||8.||The Shop Around the Corner (1940)|
|9.||Bicycle Thieves (1948)||9.||My Darling Clementine (1946)|
|10.||My Darling Clementine (1946)||10.||A Canterbury Tale (1944)|
|10.||The Third Man (1949)||10.||Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)|