Camille (1936) Director: George Cukor Camille is an elegant and beautiful MGM film starring Greta Garbo, and showcasing the heights of classic cinema in the 1930s. It is a story of a love-triangle, based on an 1842 story by Alexandre Dumas fils (the Younger), La Dame aux Camélias ("The Lady with the Camellias"). He wrote the story at … Continue reading Camille

Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt

Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt (1927) Director: Walter Ruttman Some may call it avant-garde and excessive, while others call it valuable for its historical significance. It is the quintessential "city symphony" film, of which there were other minor films in Paris or Manhattan. In Act I of this plotless film, we find ourselves boarding a train, … Continue reading Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt

Charlie Chaplin’s First National Films

In 1917-1918, Charlie Chaplin was seeking more independence and greater creative license over his films, which he believed were becoming too stagnant and predictable. His relationship with Mutual ended amicably, and he signed an eight-film contract with First National. His years with First National would prove to be some of the most important in his … Continue reading Charlie Chaplin’s First National Films