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Old 10-09-2010, 04:07 PM   #1
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Top 10 of the Decade: The 1930's

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Submit your lists below. No "bonus" entries, runners-up, lists of 15, etc. Restrain yourselves.
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Old 10-09-2010, 04:13 PM   #2
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And just one film per director, yes?
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Working on this. It will be difficult to choose just one Renoir.
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Old 10-09-2010, 07:16 PM   #4
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1. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Lang, 1933)
2. City Lights (Chaplin, 1931)
3. The Rules of the Game (Renoir, 1939)
4. Bringing Up Baby (Hawks, 1938)
5. The 39 Steps (Hitchcock, 1935)
6. The Awful Truth (McCarey, 1937)
7. Trouble in Paradise (Lubitsch, 1932)
8. Wooden Crosses (Bernard, 1932)
9. L'Atalante (Vigo, 1934)
10. Holiday (Cukor, 1938)
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Old 10-09-2010, 07:35 PM   #5
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1. Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)*
2. M (Fritz Lang, 1931)
3. City Lights (Charles Chaplin, 1931)
4. The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938)
5. L'Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)
6. Vampyr (Dreyer, 1931)
7. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
8. Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)
9. A Nous La Liberté (René Clair, 1931)
10. A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935)

* The Rules of the Game may be the better film, but Grand Illusion is probably my all-time favorite.

I may be missing some Hawks, but His Girl Friday should make my 1940s list. I haven't seen enough of Capra to include his work in the list.
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Old 10-09-2010, 08:29 PM   #6
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I've seen a lot of Capra, but nothing was quite enough to get on my list.

I'm screening Vampyr for some friends next week so it's possible that second viewing will boost it on there, but we'll see.

You opinion about Rules of the Game/The Grand Illusion is basically how I feel about Raymond Bernard's Wooden Crosses/Les Miserables and Lang's Dr. Mabuse/M. The latters are likely the greater achievements but I was more affected personally by the former films.
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I'll try to do one of these later tonight. Is it true, one film per director?
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Old 10-09-2010, 09:54 PM   #8
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Yeah, will probably make it a little more interesting.

I'd probably have like four P&P films on my 40's list otherwise.
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The '30s might end up looking like a list I scraped together, unfortunately, but on the other hand, I really love the movies I'm thinking of putting on there.

EDIT: Never mind, I couldn't actually do it unless I filled up all the empty space with Marx Brothers movies lol.
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I've seen a lot of Capra, but nothing was quite enough to get on my list.

I'm screening Vampyr for some friends next week so it's possible that second viewing will boost it on there, but we'll see.

You opinion about Rules of the Game/The Grand Illusion is basically how I feel about Raymond Bernard's Wooden Crosses/Les Miserables and Lang's Dr. Mabuse/M. The latters are likely the greater achievements but I was more affected personally by the former films.
Capra is one of those reputable directors that never crosses my mind when I'm thinking of a movie to see. Someday...

I really like Vampyr but haven't seen it in ages - would love to read your review after you watch it again.
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I can't compile a full Top 10 for this decade. What a disappointment.
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My pre-60's cinema knowledge is still woefully inept. I'm sure I can still put together a top 10 for the 30s and 40s. Probably not very impressive lists though. 50s will be much better, but still not as good as I'd like I think.
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I still have my lists from last time. The 30s defintely haven't changed much for me, will have to look at the rest as they come round.

1. M (Lang, ’31)
2. The Rules of the Game (Renoir, 39)
3. City Lights (Chaplin, 31)
4. All Quiet on the Western Front (Milestone, ’30)
5. The 39 Steps (Hitchcock, ’35)
6. Bringing Up Baby (Hawks, ’38)
7. Duck Soup (McCarey, ’33)
8. It Happened One Night (Capra, ’34)
9. The Wizard of Oz (Fleming, ’39)
10. Destry Rides Again (Marshall, 39)

There's a few I'd like to check out from the two lists above, but I barely get time to watch films these days. Single episodes of HBO dramas have become my lifeblood.

Also, when we hit decades that lure more lists will they be ranked to get an overall Interference top ten again?
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I need to see Destry. All Quiet is great, but haven't seen it in ages. I highly recommend you check out Wooden Crosses from my list if you can get it in your neck of the woods. A very powerful, highly innovative war film that blew my mind with its sophistication and creativity.

Also, going back to Gump's list, I really need to see some René Clair.
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Skipping a few obvious choices, so I can get in a few personal faves. I find them worthy of seeing and have enjoyed for many years. Besides, doesn't look like we're gonna get too many lists here, so, the more titles the merrier.

C'mon Ashley, I think those Marx Bros. films had different directors for the most part. Make a list....

I think our previous lists were longer, right? Getting it down to 10 was tough.

Had to look up most of the directors:

March of the Wooden Soldiers (Rogers '34) Great childrens story w/ Laurel & Hardy
Drums Along the Mohawk (Ford '39) One of 3 greats from Ford in '39 alone
Frankenstein (Whale '31) Early childhood fave.
Top Hat (Sandrich '35) Astaire sings Dancing Cheek to Cheek to Ginger Rogers.
The Good Earth (Franklin '37) Well done story of destructive greed and redemption
Bright Eyes (Butler '34) No way Shirley wasn't getting in here. Could've picked 5 or 6
San Francisco (Van Dyke '36) Clark Gable. Jeannette MacDonald belts out a rousing San Francisco as the quake hits. Still gives me goose bumps.
The Smiling Lieutenant (Lubitsch '31) Pre-code comedy musical. Underrated Miriam Hopkins in see through negligee Chevalier,Claudette Colbert.
Tarzan and His Mate (Gibbons '34) Probably the best of the Weissmuller tarzan films
The Champ (Vidor '31) Wallace Beery, young Jackie Cooper tearjerker
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