A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 6, 1958

MOST of the year's dozen best movies seemed to come in pairs: two comedies, two musicals, two war films, two problem dramas and a couple of German language pictures. In a class of its own as the year's best film: Director David Lean's The Bridge on the River Kwai, with Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa, William Holden and Jack Hawkins. For TIME'S complete list, see CINEMA'S Choice for 1957.

IN a season when economic and political pundits are working over the faults and weaknesses of the U.S., a TIME correspondent drove into California's San Joaquin...

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