Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

EARLY CINEMA (1890-1919)

Okay, I cheated and jumbled two decades of film together for this final post. But only because I admittedly haven't seen as many movies from the earlier years of cinema. Too many shameful blind spots honestly. And many of the titles that have eluded me are either unavailable to see online or simply aren't printed on dvd or vhs. For the lack of variety, I apologize. But for now, these are the 10 pieces from the period that I think really stick out as special. They're all interesting and influential in some way. Make sure you take a gander at my previous posts in this DECADE series before continuing: 2000s, 90s, 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s, 40s, 30s, 20s



recap
1890-1919
  1. INTOLERANCE (D.W. Griffith)
  2. GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
  3. CABIRIA (Giovanni Pastrone)
  4. BROKEN BLOSSOMS (D.W. Griffith)
  5. TRUE HEART SUSIE (D.W. Griffith)
  6. THE TRAMP (Chaplin)
  7. THE OUTLAW AND HIS WIFE (Victor Sjöström)
  8. THE DOLL (Ernst Lubitsch)
  9. FOUR TROUBLESOME HEADS (Méliès)
  10. J'ACCUSE! (Abel Gance)
  11. CAMERMAN'S REVENGE (Wladyslaw Starewicz)
  12. FANTASMAGORIE (Émile Cohl)
  13. LES VAMPIRES (Louis Feuillade)
  14. BURLESQUE ON CARMEN
  15. CRAZYBRAINS & HIS WONDERFUL AIRSHIP (Méliès)
  16. FRANKENSTEIN (J. Searle Dawley)
  17. VOYAGE TO THE MOON (Méliès)
  18. THE CAMERMAN'S REVENGE (Wladyslaw Starewicz)
  19. GERTIE THE DINOSAUR (Winsor McCay)
  20. BUMPING INTO BROADWAY (Hal Roach)




I encourage all of you to post your favorite pics of this era (or films you think I've shafted) in the comments section below.

BEST OF THE 20s: FILMS





SEVEN CHANCES

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HÄXAN

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STEAMBOAT BILL, JR.

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DIARY OF A LOST GIRL

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NOSFERATU

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THE WHEEL [LA ROUE]

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PANDORA'S BOX

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FOOLISH WIVES

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FAUST

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BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN

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THE KID
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THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI
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UN CHIEN ANDALOU
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METROPOLIS
.
GREED

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MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA
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THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC
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THE CROWD
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SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS
.
THE GENERAL


*****




recap
1920-1929
  1. THE GENERAL (Keaton)
  2. SUNRISE (Murnau)
  3. THE CROWD (Vidor)
  4. PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Dreyer)
  5. MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga Vertov)
  6. GREED (von Stroheim)
  7. METROPOLIS (Lang)
  8. UN CHIEN ANDALOU (Bunuel)
  9. CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (Robert Wiene)
  10. THE KID (Chaplin)
  11. BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (Eisenstein)
  12. FAUST (Murnau)
  13. FOOLISH WIVES  (von Stroheim)
  14. PANDORA'S BOX (Pabst)
  15. THE WHEEL (Abel Gance)
  16. NOSFERATU (Murnau)
  17. DIARY OF A LOST GIRL (Pabst)
  18. STEAMBOAT BILL JR. (Keaton)
  19. HAXAN (Benjamin Christensen)
  20. SEVEN CHANCES (Keaton)



I encourage all of you to post your favorite pics of the 20s (or films you think I've shafted) in the comments section below.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

BEST OF THE 30s: FILM





FRANKENSTEIN

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À NOUS LA LIBERTÉ

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FREAKS

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M

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THE LADY VANISHES

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STAGECOACH

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SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

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MODERN TIMES

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THE BLOOD OF A POET

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BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING

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EARTH
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BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
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BRINGING UP BABY
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MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW
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THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE
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GRAND ILLUSION
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L'ATALANTE
.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
.
CITY LIGHTS
.
THE RULES OF THE GAME


*****




recap
1930-1939
  1. RULES OF THE GAME (Renoir)
  2. CITY LIGHTS (Chaplin)
  3. WIZARD OF OZ (Fleming)
  4. L'ATALANTE (Vigo)
  5. GRAND ILLUSION (Renoir)
  6. TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (Lang)
  7. MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (Leo McCarey)
  8. BRINGING UP BABY (Hawks)
  9. BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (Whale)
  10. ZEMLYA (Aleksandr Dovzhenko)
  11. BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING (Renoir)
  12. BLOOD OF A POET (Cocteau)
  13. MODERN TIMES (Chaplin)
  14. SNOW WHITE AND SEVEN DWARFS (Disney)
  15. STAGECOACH (Ford)
  16. THE LADY VANISHES (Hitchcock)
  17. M (Lang)
  18. FREAKS (Browning)
  19. A NOUS LA LIBERTE (Clair)
  20. FRANKENSTEIN (Whale)



I encourage all of you to post your favorite pics of the 30s (or films you think I've shafted) in the comments section below.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

BEST OF THE 40s: FILM






DOUBLE INDEMNITY

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OUT OF THE PAST

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NOTORIOUS

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FANTASIA

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THE GRAPES OF WRATH

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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

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CASABLANCA

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MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

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THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS

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SHOESHINE

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LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN

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THE RED SHOES

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GERMANY YEAR ZERO

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MY DARLING CLEMENTINE

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CHILDREN OF PARADISE

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HIS GIRL FRIDAY

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THE THIRD MAN
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LAURA
.
BICYCLE THIEVES
.
CITIZEN KANE


*****




recap
1940-1949
  1. CITIZEN KANE (Welles)
  2. BICYCLE THIEVES (De Sica)
  3. LAURA (Preminger)
  4. THE THIRD MAN (Reed)
  5. HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Hawks)
  6. CHILDREN OF PARADISE (Marcel Carné)
  7. MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (Ford)
  8. GERMANY YEAR ZERO (Rossellini)
  9. THE RED SHOES (Powell)
  10. LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (Stahl)
  11. SHOE-SHINE (De Sica)
  12. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Welles)
  13. MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Minnelli)
  14. CASABLANCA (Curtiz)
  15. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Capra)
  16. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (Ford)
  17. FANTASIA (lots of dudes)
  18. NOTORIOUS (Hitchcock)
  19. OUT OF THE PAST (Tourneur)
  20. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (Wilder)



I encourage all of you to post your favorite pics of the 40s (or films you think I've shafted) in the comments section below.