Film Honors: 1963

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.


Sound Design

The Birds
Jason and the Argonauts
The Raven
The Sword in the Stone

Score Composing

Elmer Bernstein (The Great Escape)
Georges Delerue (Le Mépris)
Bernard Herrmann (Jason and the Argonauts)
Henry Mancini (The Pink Panther)
Alex North (Cleopatra)

el verdugo

Actor Support

Alain Delon (Il gattopardo)
Melvyn Douglas (Hud)
Hugh Griffith (Tom Jones)
John Huston (The Cardinal)
José Isbert (El verdugo)

Special Effects

The Birds
From Russia with Love
Jason and the Argonauts
The Raven


Actress Support

Patricia Neal (Hud)
Suzanne Pleshette (The Birds)
Joyce Redman (Tom Jones)
Lilia Skala (Lilies of the Field)
Susannah York (Tom Jones)

Costume Design

Il gattopardo
Mikres Afrodites
Tom Jones

17 - o leopardo

Screenwriting Adapted

Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, Massimo Franciosa, Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi d’Amico (Il gattopardo)
Alekos Galanos (Ta Kokkina fanaria)
Norman Krasna (Sunday in New York)
Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr. (Hud)
Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall (Billy Liar)

Set Design

America America
Il gattopardo
The Raven

Actor Lead

Tom Courtenay (Billy Liar)
Albert Finney (Tom Jones)
Marcello Mastroianni ()
Paul Newman (Hud)
Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field)


Picture Editing

The Birds
The Great Escape
Il gattopardo
Le Petit Soldat

Screenwriting Original

Rafael Azcona (El verdugo)
Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi ()
Jean-Luc Godard (Le Petit Soldat)
Maurice Richlin, Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther)
Arnold Schulman (Love with the Proper Stranger)



Raoul Coutard (Le Mépris)
Raoul Coutard (Le Petit Soldat)
Gianni Di Venanzo ()
Leon Shamroy (Cleopatra)
Giuseppe Rotunno (Il gattopardo)


Federico Fellini ()
Jean-Luc Godard (Le Mépris)
Jean-Luc Godard (Le Petit Soldat)
Alfred Hitchcock (The Birds)
Luchino Visconti (Il gattopardo)


Cast Ensemble

The Great Escape
Il gattopardo
Ta Kokkina fanaria
Tom Jones


Brigitte Bardot (Le Mépris)
Tzeni Karezi (Ta Kokkina fanaria)
Anna Karina (Le Petit Soldat)
Shirley MacLaine (Irma la Douce)
Natalie Wood (Love with the Proper Stranger)


Motion Picture

(Federico Fellini) Italy / France
Billy Liar (John Schlesinger) UK
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock) USA
El verdugo (Luis García Berlanga) Spain / Italy
The Great Escape (John Sturges) USA
Il gattopardo (Luchino Visconti) Italy
Le Mépris (Jean-Luc Godard) France / Italy
Le Petit Soldat (Jean-Luc Godard) France
Nattvardsgästerna (Ingmar Bergman) Sweden
Ta Kokkina fanaria (Vasilis Georgiadis) Greece

The year of Claudia Cardinale. And of course the flourish of excellence in European cinema continues in fine style. Leave your comments below on your thoughts on the film year of 1963.


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