Cinema: The Year's Best

Hollywood will wait until March to award its Oscars for the movies' brightest achievements of 1949, but last week critical kibitzers everywhere had loosed their own showers of laurels. Two of the weightiest forums reached major agreement on one picture: Italian Director Vittorio de Sica's The Bicycle Thief won the National Board of Review's blessing as the year's best film, and the vote of the New York Film Critics as the best foreign-language movie.

Producer-Scripter-Director Robert Ros-sen's All the King's Men won the New York critics' award as 1949's best English-language picture, but...

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