Yearly Roundup – 1931
Posted by martinteller on September 6, 2012
The Cream of the Crop
The one film from 1931 that I’m especially enthusiastic about is Mario Peixoto’s Limite. It almost made my top 100 but I didn’t get around to locating a decent copy for a rewatch. Perhaps next year. A haunting and enigmatic film that really struck a chord with me. I would buy this on Blu-Ray (or heck, even DVD) in a heartbeat.
Slightly Less Creamy, But Still Tasty
M is rightfully a classic, a groundbreaking work in early sound cinema. Speaking of Fritz Lang, many people are familiar with his noir Scarlet Street, but less well-known is Renoir’s earlier take on the same story: the lurid and witty La Chienne. I always make a point of bringing it up when anyone mentions the noir remake (which is grand in its own way). Murnau’s swan song Tabu is one of my favorites by him, beautiful and poetic with a strong story. The “Fanny trilogy” kicks off with Marius, and a mighty fine kickoff it is. And it’s a hell of a year for Rene Clair, who contributes two superb musical comedies: A nous la liberté and Le Million.
Update 3/19/2014: I would add Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Varying Degrees of Like
Varying Degrees of Hate
Some Notable Films In The Middle
Bad Girl, Blonde Crazy, The Champ, Cimarron, The Front Page, The Maltese Falcon, Mata Hari, Platinum Blonde, Rich and Strange, Safe in Hell, The Skin Game, Street Scene