1959 in Film
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1959 in Film

The year 1959 in film involved some significant events, with Ben-Hur winning a record 11 Academy Awards.

Events

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Rental
1. Ben-Hur MGM $36,992,088[3]
2. Operation Petticoat Universal $9,321,555[3]
3. Some Like It Hot United Artists $8,127,835[3]
4. The Shaggy Dog Disney $8,100,000[4]
5. Pillow Talk Universal $7,669,713[3]
6. Imitation of Life $6,417,807[3]
7. Suddenly, Last Summer Columbia $6,375,000[3]
8. The Nun's Story Warner Bros. $5,750,000[3]
9. North by Northwest MGM $5,740,000[5]
10. Anatomy of a Murder Columbia $5,500,000[3]

Awards


Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro), directed by Marcel Camus, France

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Il Generale della Rovere (General della Rovere), directed by Roberto Rossellini, Italy / France
La grande guerra (The Great War), directed by Mario Monicelli, Italy / France

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Les Cousins (The Cousins), directed by Claude Chabrol, France

Notable films released in 1959

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Short film series

Births

Deaths

Film debuts

References

  1. ^ Plunderers of Painted Flats at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. ^ Krutnik, Frank (2000). Inventing Jerry Lewis. Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-1560983699.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Cohn, Lawrence (October 15, 1990). "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. p. M140-M196.
  4. ^ "All-Time Domestic Champs". Variety. January 6, 1960. p. 34.
  5. ^ The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

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