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Film Honors: 1961

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 based on viewings.

Sound Design

Matka Joanna od aniolów
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
West Side Story

Costume Design

Divorzio all’italiana
El Cid
The Guns of Navarone
West Side Story

Cast Ensemble

Judgment at Nuremberg
Matka Joanna od aniolów
West Side Story

Set Design

El Cid
L’année dernière à Marienbad
The Pit and the Pendulum
West Side Story

Special Effects

The Absent Minded Professor
The Guns of Navarone
Mysterious Island
The Pit and the Pendulum
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Score Composing

Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal (West Side Story)
Giorgio Gaslini (La Notte)
Michel Legrand (Une Femme est une femme)
Henry Mancini (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
Masaru Sato (Yojimbo)

Actor Support

Gunnar Björnstrand (Såsom i en spegel)
George Chakiris (West Side Story)
Jackie Gleason (The Hustler)
Fernando Rey (Viridiana)
George C. Scott (The Hustler)

Actress Support

Anna Ciepielewska (Matka Joanna od aniolów)
Silvana Corsini (Accattone)
Rita Moreno (West Side Story)
Monica Vitti (La Notte)
Lucyna Winnicka (Matka Joanna od aniolów)

Picture Editing

The Guns of Navarone
L’année dernière à Marienbad
Matka Joanna od aniolów
West Side Story


Gianni Di Venanzo (La Notte)
Daniel L. Fapp (West Side Story)
Kazuo Miyagawa (Yojimbo)
Sacha Vierny (L’année dernière à Marienbad)
Jerzy Wójcik (Matka Joanna od aniolów)

Actor Lead

Franco Citti (Accattone)
Marcello Mastroianni (Divorzio all’italiana)
Marcello Mastroianni (La Notte)
Paul Newman (The Hustler)
Mieczyslaw Voit (Matka Joanna od aniolów)

Actress Lead

Harriet Andersson (Såsom i en spegel)
Piper Laurie (The Hustler)
Jeanne Moreau (La Notte)
Silvia Pinal (Viridiana)
Natalie Wood (Splendor in the Grass)

Screenwriting Original

Michelangelo Antonioni, Ennio Flaiano, Tonino Guerra (La Notte)
Ingmar Bergman (Såsom i en spegel)
Henri Colpi, Marguerite Duras, Gérard Jarlot (Une aussi longue absence)
Ennio De Concini, Alfredo Giannetti, Pietro Germi (Divorzio all’italiana)
Alain Robbe-Grillet (L’année dernière à Marienbad)

Screenwriting Adapted

Julio Alejandro, Luis Buñuel (Viridiana)
Sidney Carroll, Robert Rossen (The Hustler)
Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Tadeusz Konwicki (Matka Joanna od aniolów)
Ernest Lehman (West Side Story)
Abby Mann (Judgment at Nuremberg)


Michelangelo Antonioni (La Notte)
Ingmar Bergman (Såsom i en spegel)
Jerzy Kawalerowicz (Matka Joanna od aniolów)
Akira Kurosawa (Yojimbo)
Alain Resnais (L’année dernière à Marienbad)

Motion Picture

Accattone (Pier Paolo Pasolini) Italy
Divorzio all’italiana (Pietro Germi) Italy
L’année dernière à Marienbad (Alain Resnais) France / Italy
La Notte (Michelangelo Antonioni) Italy
Matka Joanna od aniolów (Jerzy Kawalerowicz) Poland
Såsom i en spegel (Ingmar Bergman) Sweden
Une Femme est une femme (Jean-Luc Godard) France
Viridiana (Luis Buñuel) Spain / Mexico
West Side Story (Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins) USA
Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa) Japan

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