Cinema: The Best & Biggest

After conscientiously mulling over 1957's output of movies, the New York Film Critics and the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures—the weightiest U.S. cinematic arbiters—announced their "best" choices, found themselves agreeing more than usual. Both groups marked The Bridge on the River Kwai (Sam Spiegel; Columbia) as the year's finest U.S.-produced film, Bridge's Alec Guinness and David Lean as best actor and director. Other decisions were split. Best actress: Deborah Kerr in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (Critics), Joanne Woodward in The Three Faces of Eve (Board). Best foreign movie: Gervaise (Critics), Ordet (Board).

Proving, as usual, that quality does not necessarily...

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