Vampyr (1932) Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer In German the film was called Vampyr – Der Traum des Allan Gray, or "Vampyr: The Dream of Allan Gray." It was funded by Nicolas de Gunzburg, who also starred in the film under a pseudonym, and the script was based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu's In A Glass Darkly, … Continue reading Vampyr

It’s A Gift

It's A Gift (1934) Director: Norman McLeod A lesser known short classic starring W.C. Fields. It tells the story of the everyman struggling against his domestic circumstances -a nagging wife, disrespectful children, and a failing business. He is clumsy, crude, and all-around unlucky. He inherits some money, which he uses to buy an orange grove … Continue reading It’s A Gift

Go West

9/11/2016 Go West (1925) Director: Buster Keaton Go West is a delightful film filled with Keaton's classic gags. It is clearly a precursor to The General with his notable fascination with trains and the old west. Much of the film was shot in Arizona in extremely hot weather and it was not one Buster Keaton's favorite films, though … Continue reading Go West

King Kong

King Kong (1933) Director: Merian C Cooper and Enrest B. Shoedsack Starring Fay Wray, King Kong is perhaps the most famous adventure/horror flick of all time. Initially, the actress Wray believed that the RKO film would feature the 'tallest, darkest leading man in hollywood', such as Cary Grant, rather than a 50 foot ape. She was … Continue reading King Kong

42nd Street

42nd Street (1933) Director: Lloyd Bacon 42nd Street is an essential "backdoor musical" film set during the Great Depression, and also released during the Great Depression. Its success, based on the release of MGM's first sound film, The Broadway Melody, revitalized the struggling Warner Bros. Studios, as well as the musical genre. It was followed by two … Continue reading 42nd Street