1950s Film

Movie musings about the stars and films of the 1950s. A time whe women knew how to meet the proper man with the proper position, how to make a proper wife and run a proper home and raise proper children. Because when you’re proper you’re safe!

In Review: The Essential Jacques Tati Collection on Blu-ray

by Ben Nicholson 22 July 2014

It is lamentable that the intricately choreographed joy of Jacques Tati’s cinematic directorial career only extended for a total of six features and a handful of shorts. It is equally unfortunate that many modern audience members are as likely to have heard of his onscreen persona, M. Hulot, than the towering genius behind him. In […]

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In Review: Garden of Evil (1954) on DVD

by Mark Searby 5 June 2014

20th Century Fox used this western as one of their first forays into the studios new process of Cinemascope and Stereophonic sound. Three fortune hunters find themselves stranded in rural Mexico. They are recruited by a beautiful female who offers up a reward to rescue her husband from a cave located in Apache territory. Henry […]

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In Review: The Left Hand of God (1955) on DVD

by Daniel Goodwin 8 May 2014

There’s something about the grand 50s Cinemascope/ Vistavision films that are so synonymous with that time; their essence and character have never totally transcended into other eras of cinema.  This was a time when 3D was first widely employed and the medium became embellished with epics of a grander scale. Spawning several classics and stars, […]

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Rendez-vous 2014: Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

by Ann Jackson 30 April 2014

Hiroshima Mon Amour caused a mighty stir when it was first seen in 1959 at Cannes. Written by a woman (Marguerite Duras), it was also narrated by a woman (Emmanuelle Riva) who was the main character, it included flashbacks to clarify the story and had a non-linear storyline. There was also a significant change in the […]

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5th Annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2014

by Maryann O'Connor 3 April 2014

This year’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema pays tribute to a legend of French Cinema, Alain Resnais, bringing a restored version of his 1959 New Wave classic Hiroshima mon amour (starring Emmanuelle Riva) and many other delights to a whole bunch of lovely cinemas in the UK between 23 and 30 April.

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In Review: Il Bidone (1955) on Blu-ray

by Mark Searby 17 January 2014

Legendary Italian director Federico Fellini released Il Bidone a year after his masterpiece La Strada, the former still in keeping with his neo-realist filmmaking but focused on a more political standpoint.

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In Review: Bonjour Tristesse (1958) Re-released

by Pamela Hutchinson 30 August 2013

Too much beauty, like too much champagne, will make you sick. And Otto Preminger’s sumptuous, intoxicating Bonjour Tristesse (1958) is as toxic as it is lustrous.

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Roman Holiday is Rereleased!

by Helen Cox 16 July 2013

For its 60th anniversary the romantic classic Roman Holiday is being rereleased in British cinemas as of Friday. The latest New Empress Magazine video blog celebrates by dressing Mark Searby in drag – well, how else do you celebrate a rerelease?

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Inside Issue 10: A Sneak Preview

by Helen Cox 30 May 2013

Issue 10 is now available to order.  As our magazines sell out within weeks of going on sale we recommend ordering to avoid disappointment. Our theme this issue is Time in Film and consequently you’ll be able to read up on how plausible film time travel techniques actually are, the role of stopped clocks in […]

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The Immortals: Grace Kelly

by Linsey Satterthwaite 21 May 2013

If ever a name was suited to describe a person it was that of Grace Kelly; the actress had a distinctive poise and elegance that charmed cinema-goers, sent a certain director into ‘Frenzy’ and captured the heart of a Prince.

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Issue 9: Now Available For Order

by Helen Cox 6 March 2013

What would happen if King Kong went on a dating show? Now you know thanks to our talented cover artist Dan Havardi.

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