THE AFFAIRS OF CELLINI is a very odd affair. It’s a Gregory La Cava pre-code, or thereabouts (1934, so on the cusp). The opening titles give us the sense it’s going to be a rip-roaring historical melodrama, but it’s much stranger than that — it’s a broad farce whose main jokes are about torture, murder and mutilation or the threat thereof. 360 more words
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As I walked into the building where I work a few days ago I ran into a learned colleague who also happens to be a classic movie fan. 1,156 more words
Rouben Mamoulian’s 1931 adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is obsessed with the human face. It knows there is no better register for fear, longing, dread, or any other emotion than the face, especially the eyes, and it trusts its performers to prove it in every major scene of the film. 634 more words
Anna Karénina, 1935, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Starring Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Basil Rathbone. Directed by Clarence Brown. B&W, 93 minutes.
Anna Karénina (Greta Garbo) is bound in a financially and socially comfortable, yet deeply unsatisfying, life at home with her husband of ten years, Karénin (Basil Rathbone), and the son she adores, Sergei (Freddie Bartholomew). 403 more words
The films released during Hollywood’s pre-Code era undeniably have their fair share of admirable, upstanding fellas. There’s Warren William’s long-suffering hubby in Three on a Match… 1,011 more words
You have to hand it to 1930s screwball comedies. They are, in part, a response to the Production Code (c.a. 1930-67), a set of rules about What Was Allowed in the movies. 11 more words