Friday, August 29, 2008

Year 2 - 1928

And only 80 more years to go! I only saw 19 films for 1927, but I'll be aiming for a more ambitious schedule in 1928. There is an exciting mixture of films this year. The most acclaimed film of the year is The Passion of Joan of Arc. There are several early films from great directors including Hitchcock's The Lodger, John Ford's Hangman's House and Four Sons, and Howard Hawks' A Girl in Every Port, There are some interesting films by directors who would be considered veterans at this point, including Sergei Eisenstein's October, DW Griffith's Battle of the Sexes, Erich von Stroheim's The Wedding March, and Victor Sjostrom's The Wind. We also get entries from all three of the big time comedians with Chaplin's The Circus, Lloyd's Speedy, and Keaton's Steamboat Bill Jr. and The Cameraman.

My experience going through the films from 1927 helped influence the films I chose to watch. Von Sternberg's Underworld was good enough to make me seek out and purchase copies of his two 1928 entries The Last Command and The Docks of New York. The Frank Borzage, Janet Gaynor, and Charles Farrell team worked so well in Seventh Heaven that I added their next collaboration Street Angel. Once again, there are movies that have an IMDB listing for 1928 but didn't make US release until later. Notable films from this year that will be pushed to later years include GW Pabst's Pandora's Box, Vseveolod Pudovkin's Storm Over Asia, and Fritz Lang's Spies.

There are quite a few unavailable films. Please email me if you have any idea how or where I can watch these:

Show People (King Vidor)
The Patsy (King Vidor)
Sadie Thompson (Raoul Walsh)
The Power of the Press (Frank Capra)
That Certain Thing (Frank Capra)
The Tournament (Jean Renoir)
White Shadow of the South Seas (WS Van Dyke)

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