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.
First Riga Film Studio feature film in colour: Towards the New Shore (“Uz jauno krastu”).
|1957||August – September||
Actress Dzidra Ritenberga receives The Volpi Cup - Best Actress award at the Venice International Film Festival for her role in Ukrainian film Malva.
Brusque Northerner Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället). Towards the end of the 1950s, Bergman becomes one of Europe’s most significant auteur filmmakers.
Russian cinema once again gains international attention with Mikhail Kalatozov’s The Cranes Are Flying (Летят журавли).
The Riga Feature Film and Newsreel Studio is renamed the Riga Film Studio.
|1959/ 1960||May 4 March 16||
The New Wave begins: Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups) and Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (À bout de souffle).
At the beginning of October the Riga Film Studio moves to its new home in the Šmerlis Forest in the outskirts of the city.
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.
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”.