When movies drew in the crowds
The 1950s produced some powerful films, many still seen as classics today
The film industry faced a crisis in the 1950s, when Hollywood, which had dominated the industry until then, faced serious competition from Britain, France, Italy and Sweden.
Hollywood accepted the challenge, writes Michael Anglo, author of the book Nostalgia, Spotlight on the Fifties, and introduced Cinerama, CinemaScope, VistaVision, Todd-AO, and stereophonic sound, as well as 3D films. The following overview of the industry in that period is from the book...