Film History: Revisiting Old Classics (and not so Classics)

Most of our readers are avid film lovers, who go to the movie theaters to se new pictures, rent or buy DVDs, and watch old movies on TV. Many of them have expressed wish to know more about film history, both American and foreign.
In accommodating this response, we have decided to post periodically lengthy reviews of the high-profile movies of a given year.
For today, we chose 1953, in which the five Best Picture nominees were: “From Here to Eternity” (the winner), “Julius Caesar,” “The Robe,” “Roman Holiday,” and “Shane.”
We are eager to get your response. Please feel free to comment.