Yearly Roundup – 1929-1930
Posted by martinteller on November 27, 2012
The Cream of the Crop
Before I get to the cream, I should mention that Jean Painlevé has a number of shorts from this period, ranging from hate to like with no extremes in either direction. I don’t want to list them all, though.
Nothing from my current top 100, but one from a previous edition: The Man With a Movie Camera. I don’t have the personal connection to it to include it among my favorites, but it is absolutely dazzling and in my opinion, the best of the “city symphony” films. Also, I don’t include shorts in my top list, but if I did, Un Chien Andalou would have a good chance of making it. Strange and funny and unforgettable.
Slightly Less Creamy, But Still Tasty
Regen and H2O are two shorts that both explore the beauty of water… lovely and abstract. Somewhat sluggish in parts, but Asquith’s A Cottage on Dartmoor is a creepy and very stylish thriller. One I’d like to watch again (but can’t bring myself to purchase it) is All Quiet on the Western Front, one of the great war films with impressive camerawork.
Varying Degrees of Like
Varying Degrees of Hate
Some Notable Films In The Middle
Anna Christie, Another Fine Mess, Big Business, The Big Trail, The Broadway Melody, The Divorcee, Hell’s Angels, I Flunked But…, Juno and the Paycock, The Manxman