• Giulietta Masina in The Road 

The international triumph of Italian directing genius Federico Fellini begins. The Road (La Strada), 1954, is awarded the Oscar in 1956. Two years later, Nights of Cabiria (Le notti di Cabiria), 1957, is also awarded an Oscar. 

1955 June 20
  • Baiba Indriksone in the film Towards the New Shore 

First Riga Film Studio feature film in colour: Towards the New Shore (“Uz jauno krastu”). 

1957 August – September
  • Dzidra Ritenberga in the film Malva (dir. Vladimir Braun) 

Actress Dzidra Ritenberga receives The Volpi Cup - Best Actress award at the Venice International Film Festival for her role in Ukrainian film Malva.  

1957 December 26
  • Bibi Anderson and Victor Sjöström in Wild Strawberries 

Brusque Northerner Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället). Towards the end of the 1950s, Bergman becomes one of Europe’s most significant auteur filmmakers. 

  • Tatyana Samojlova and Aleksei Batalov in The Cranes are Flying 

Russian cinema once again gains international attention with Mikhail Kalatozov’s The Cranes Are Flying (Летят журавли).  

1958 March 1

The Riga Feature Film and Newsreel Studio is renamed the Riga Film Studio.  

1959/ 1960 May 4 March 16
  • Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo in Breathless 

The New Wave begins: Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups) and Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (À bout de souffle). 

1961 October 10
  • Riga Film Studio in 1960ies  

At the beginning of October the Riga Film Studio moves to its new home in the Šmerlis Forest in the outskirts of the city. 

  • White Bells 

Two films: White Bells (“Baltie zvani”) by Ivars Kraulītis and The Beginning (“Sākums”) by Uldis Brauns begin a new trend in Latvian film – the Riga School of Poetic Documentary Cinema. 

1962 February 28
  • Even Dwarfs Started Small (Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen, dir. Werner Herzog, 1970) 

The Oberhausen manifesto and new German cinem. Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Volker Schlöndorff announce: “The old film is dead. We believe in the new one”. 

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