Thursday, June 2, 2011

1930s: Biting off more than one can chew

The other day I was with Brandon and he mentioned he wanted to do a 1930s movie Monday with his friend Big Jim. I don't have the sort of transportation to get to this, but I still want to see a bunch of movies from the 30s because I have realized how little I have actually seen. So, I have decided to pick 10 movies from each year of the 1930s (the ones that I have seen and the ones I want to see) and rank them. I currently don't have nextflix dvd shipping but I do have NWI. There are some titles on there. For others, I plan on using TCM, Hulu Plus, Youtube, any other internet source. Eventually, I plan on getting my netflix dvd subscription back and I'll be able to use that. This will definitely take me a long time to do and it could take me awhile to get any posts up, but I thought it would be a nice project to work on. I'm also trying to watch as many films from Brandon's 40s and 50s list that I haven't seen so I can someday do rankings for those years as well (that'll take a couple years for sure). Anyway, I'm going to post the list of films I plan on working with. If anyone has any of the titles I haven't seen, let me know. Perhaps you'd be kind enough to lend them to me. There's an asterisk next to the films I have seen. I may have to substitute films out if they are completely unavailable. Also, if anyone has any recommendations for films I should see instead, let me know too.


L’Age d’Or (Bunuel)*
All Quiet on the Western Front (Milestone)*
Animal Crackers (Heerman)*
Annie Christie (Brown)
The Blue Angel (von Sternberg)
Earth (Dovzhenko)
The Divorcee (Leonard)
Hell’s Angels (Hughes)
Morocco (von Sternberg)
Under the Roofs of Paris (Clair)


Cimarron (Ruggles)
City Lights (Chaplin)*
Dracula (Browning)*
Frankenstein (Whale)*
Little Ceasar (LeRoy)
M. (Lang)*
Le Million (Clair)
Monkey Business (McLeod)*
A Nous La Liberte (Clair)
The Public Enemy (Wellman)


Boudou Saved from Drowning (Renoir)
Freaks (Browning)*
Grand Hotel (Goulding)*
Horse Feathers (McLeod)*
I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (LeRoy)
I Was Born, But... (Ozu)
Scarface (Hawks)
Shanghai Express (von Sternberg)
Trouble in Paradise (Lubitsch)
Vampyr (Dreyer)*


42nd Street (Bacon)
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (Capra)
Cavalcade (Lloyd)
Dinner at Eight (Cukor)
Duck Soup (McCarey)*
Footlight Parade (Bacon)
King Kong (Cooper, Schoedsack)*
Little Women (Cukor)
The Private Life of Henry VIII (Korda)
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Lang)


L’Atalante (Vigo)*
The Black Cat (Ulmer)
The Gay Divorcee (Sandrich)
It Happened One Night (Capra)*
It’s a Gift (McLeod)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Hitchcock)
Manhattan Melodrama (van Dyke)
The Scarlet Empress (von Sternberg)
The Thin Man (van Dyke)*
Twentieth Century (Hawks)


The 39 Steps (Hitchcock)*
Alice Adams (Stevens)
Bride of Frankenstein (Whale)*
Captain Blood (Curtiz)
David Copperfield (Cukor)
The Informer (Ford)
Mutiny on the Bounty (Lloyd)
A Night at the Opera (Wood)*
Top Hat (Sandrich)
Triumph of the Will (Riefenstahl)


After the Thin Man (van Dyke)*
Dodsworth (Wyler)
Fury (Lang)
The Great Ziegfeld (Leonard)
Modern Times (Chaplin)*
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Capra)*
My Man Godfrey (La Cava)
The Petrified Forest (Mayo)
Sabotage (Hitchcock)
Swing Time (Stevens)


The Awful Truth (McCarey)*
A Day at the Races (Wood)*
The Good Earth (Fleming)
Grand Illusion (Renoir)*
The Life of Emile Zola (Dieterle)
Pepe Le Moko (Duvivier)
The Prisoner of Zenda (Cromwell)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Lots of People)*
Stage Door (La Cava)
A Star is Born (Wellman)


The Adventures of Robin Hood (Curtiz)*
Alexander Nevsky (Eisenstein)
Angels with Dirty Faces (Curtiz)*
La Bete Humaine (Renoir)*
Bringing Up Baby (Hawks)*
Holiday (Cukor)
Jezebel (Wyler)
The Lady Vanishes (Hitchcock)*
Port of Shadows (Carne)
You Can’t Take it With You (Capra)*


Dark Victory (Goulding)
Destry Rides Again (Marshall)
Gone with the Wind (Fleming)*
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Capra)*
Ninotchka (Lubitsch)
Only Angels Have Wings (Hawks)
Stagecoach (Ford)*
The Rules of the Game (Renior)*
The Wizard of Oz (Fleming)*
Young Mr. Lincoln (Ford)

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