Category: 1930s

Raymond Rea Interview - Collecting Movies

Collecting Movies with Raymond Rea

Raymond Rea Interview: Greg Carlson and the filmmaker/educator discuss movie collecting.

Cinema Rediscovered Movie Essay - Baby Face

Pre-Code Prime Cuts: Women-Led Films at Cinema Rediscovered

Cinema Rediscovered Essay by Fedor Tot | Women-Led Films of the 1930s | Jewel Robbery (1932) | Red-Headed Woman (1932) | Baby Face (1933)

Carole Lombard Essay - 2022 Berlinale No Angels Retrospective

Berlinale 2022: ‘No Angels’ Retrospective and Carole Lombard

“Carole Lombard’s performances — even when placed in manic films such as ‘Twentieth Century’ — are so often understated that you barely even notice half of the choices made.”

Moontide Movie Essay - Port of Shadows Comparison

The Light of Human Love and Community: On ‘Moontide’ and ‘Port of Shadows’

“‘Moontide’ and ‘Port of Shadows’ offer a fascinating study into key differences in Hollywood and European filmmaking and storytelling during the 1930s and early 1940s, a time when the studio system reigned supreme…”

The Black Cat Movie Film

Mythic Conduits for Intimate Pain in Edgar G. Ulmer’s ‘The Black Cat’

“While ‘The Black Cat’ does not share many explicit connections with Poe’s 1843 story, both texts use archetypal symbolism to explore painfully intimate experiences (in Poe’s case, addiction and mental disarray, and in Ulmer’s case, psychological trauma).”

World Cinema Project Trances Redes

World Cinema Project: The Sights and Sounds of a Nation – ‘Trances’ and ‘Redes’

“As with the underlying creed of Trances, the unambiguous intent of Redes’ communal message resonates in its country of origin and around the world, communicating the pleas for justice, egalitarianism and independence that are vital facets of life and are so often central to the best of all cinematic documentaries.”

World Cinema Project - Limite and Mysterious Object at Noon

World Cinema Project: Beyond the Bounds of Narrative – ‘Limite’ and ‘Mysterious Object at Noon’

“Abstract and disjointed, the narrative of ‘Mysterious Object at Noon’ is progressively piecemeal, and what occurs in ‘Limite’ is even more inconclusive.”

M Movie Film Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre: The Foundations of the Stranger

“Lorre brought to his strangers the psychological wounds carried by the exile.”

Vague Visages Is FilmStruck: ‘Twentieth Century’

“Screwball comedies don’t get much funnier, or screwier, than Howard Hawks’ ‘Twentieth Century.'”

Modern Times Movie Essay - 1936 Charlie Chaplin Film

‘Modern Times’: Charlie Chaplin Finds Freedom in the Age of Industry

“‘Modern Times’ is emblematic of a ‘Hollywood realism,’ with a rather immaculate industrial setting, strategically tattered clothing and deliberately designed destitution.”