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1930s Challenge; February 2012
Topic Started: Jan 30 2012, 12:19:34 AM (3,971 Views)
tourdesb
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Goal:
Watch as many movies from the 1930s as possible.

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Rules:
- A feature film (Anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry
- A total of 90 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 90 minute rule applies.
- No rewatches

Challenge runs from February 1st - February 29th 2012

Participants (goal):
55 - moviefreak (-)
42 - WalterNeff (7)
37 - burneyfan (30)
33 - Mochard (58)
27 - brokenface (20)
24 - frbrown (-)
23 - LarsC (-)
20 - sushantv10 (15-20)
16 - 3eyes (-)
15 - ignatzkat (15)
15 - sebby (20)
14 - allisoncm (20)
10 - Cippenham (-)
10 - deepspeaks (15)
10 - Kowry (10)
10 - Nopros (7)
5 - lvn0716 (-)
5 - VincentPrice (-)
2 - Timec (-)
2 - tommy_leazaq (10)
1 - Kasparius (-)
Edited by tourdesb, Mar 1 2012, 06:25:39 AM.
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Kasparius
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I'm in.
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allisoncm
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Me too. I hope to get a 1930s platinum.
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I'm in -- my DVR is stacked with random '30s second features (and a few higher-profile things), and the first film I watch should get me the '30s plat. Shooting for 30.
Edited by burneyfan, Jan 30 2012, 01:17:34 AM.
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I'm in. I'll set a goal of twenty.
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VincentPrice
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In as always
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I'll participate.
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Count me in for this.

( I cannot set a target as I am going to try first to complete TSPDT (minus The Art of Vision)
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I am most definitely in! Target of 58 (2 a day).
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I'm in.
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I AM IN

But lower Goal....may be 15-20.
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I'll play. Aim for 20.
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I'm in - need 7 for Platinum, so that will be my goal.
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10 films away from bronze on the IMDb list (sad, I know) so I'll try to watch at least that many.
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I intend to make a modest showing.
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I'll be watching a few.
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Oh, goal. I'll have access to about 17 on my DVR and library for the ones that are on the AMPAS list. I'm sure I can find 3 more, so my goal is 20.
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my goal: 10
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I'm in. Goal: 15 :)
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I've played along at home for challenges before, but I think I'll make this one official. My goal is 15 films, and Silver on the iMDB list (which I'm 12 away from right now).
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Sounds great. I'm glad you joined in this time.
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1. Stagecoach (1939)
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1. Red-Headed Woman (Conway, 1932). 5/10
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1. Cimarron (1931)
2. Grand Hotel (1932)
3. Cavalcade (1933)
Edited by jeroeno, Feb 1 2012, 09:30:44 PM.
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I'm in too. Aiming for 7.
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2. Pp le Moko (1937)
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1. Freaks (1932) 6/10

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1. Show Boat (1936) - 5/10


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01. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) -- 8.5/10

Great way to start off the month. I anticipated a cornier, less emotionally intense version of Cool Hand Luke and instead got a film that was just as brutal. Hard to believe a film like this got made in 1932. Paul Muni puts in a wonderful performance, much better in my opinion than his turn as Scarface. The ending is a real killer.

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Feb 1 2012, 10:23:14 PM
01. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) -- 8.5/10
Wow, you did start off with a bang! Great film.
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Feb 1 2012, 10:42:28 PM
sebby
Feb 1 2012, 10:23:14 PM
01. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) -- 8.5/10
Wow, you did start off with a bang! Great film.
I'll echo the warm feelings.

"I steal!"
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Feb 1 2012, 10:42:28 PM
sebby
Feb 1 2012, 10:23:14 PM
01. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) -- 8.5/10
Wow, you did start off with a bang! Great film.
One of the best films from the 30ies IMHO.
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2. Libeled Lady (1936) - 6/10


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2. The Great Ziegfeld 6/10
I like William Powell & Myrna Loy. Frank Morgan is great. Sadly, the film is a seriously bloated - I think the problem is I don't quite have the cultural references. This was clearly a big prestige picture of the time, but the people they are portraying aren't the celebrities they were at the time. A 3 hour film with Overture and Entr'acte seems way overboard, where a 1.5 hour biopic with William Powell and Frank Morgan as impresarios rising and falling and winding each other up would've been great. There was some good musical numbers & choreography, but as a whole film it didn't work for me.
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1. Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
2. The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
3. Wuthering Heights (1939)
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01. City Girl a.k.a. Our Daily Bread -- Murnau, 1930.

Oh, Murnau, Murnau, I just love you. Why'd you have to go and die so young? This isn't Sunrise, but it's a darn fine film; how is it not on more than the '30s IMDb list, for crying out loud? (Really? I can think of quite a few films that are better than it, sure, but...NO other lists? Looking around, I guess it's dropped off one or two in recent years -- it used to be on TSPDT, for example.) It's a pretty simple story: a Minnesota farm boy comes to the big city to sell his family's wheat crop; he meets and marries a city girl waitress (she's tough, but not completely hard -- think '20s - early '30s Joan Crawford, not Barbara Stanwyck). When he brings the bride home to the family, his stern father doesn't like her. Trouble ensues. The film is full of nifty little details and personal moments (Murnau does simple boy-girl chemistry nicely) and some awfully lovely shots out in the wheat field. There is one part near the end that I didn't really buy (spoiler-tagged):
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Even so, it was a lovely way to kick off the challenge (and, as it happens, complete the '30s IMDb list).
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burneyfan
Feb 2 2012, 03:59:16 AM
01. City Girl a.k.a. Our Daily Bread -- Murnau, 1930.

Oh, Murnau, Murnau, I just love you. Why'd you have to go and die so young? This isn't Sunrise, but it's a darn fine film; how is it not on more than the '30s IMDb list, for crying out loud? (Really? I can think of quite a few films that are better than it, sure, but...NO other lists? Looking around, I guess it's dropped off one or two in recent years -- it used to be on TSPDT, for example.) It's a pretty simple story: a Minnesota farm boy comes to the big city to sell his family's wheat crop; he meets and marries a city girl waitress (she's tough, but not completely hard -- think '20s - early '30s Joan Crawford, not Barbara Stanwyck). When he brings the bride home to the family, his stern father doesn't like her. Trouble ensues. The film is full of nifty little details and personal moments (Murnau does simple boy-girl chemistry nicely) and some awfully lovely shots out in the wheat field. There is one part near the end that I didn't really buy (spoiler-tagged):
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Even so, it was a lovely way to kick off the challenge (and, as it happens, complete the '30s IMDb list).
Criminally underrated. I loved it.
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4. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

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Feb 2 2012, 03:59:16 AM
01. City Girl a.k.a. Our Daily Bread -- Murnau, 1930.

Oh, Murnau, Murnau, I just love you. Why'd you have to go and die so young? This isn't Sunrise, but it's a darn fine film; how is it not on more than the '30s IMDb list, for crying out loud? (Really? I can think of quite a few films that are better than it, sure, but...NO other lists? Looking around, I guess it's dropped off one or two in recent years -- it used to be on TSPDT, for example.) It's a pretty simple story: a Minnesota farm boy comes to the big city to sell his family's wheat crop; he meets and marries a city girl waitress (she's tough, but not completely hard -- think '20s - early '30s Joan Crawford, not Barbara Stanwyck). When he brings the bride home to the family, his stern father doesn't like her. Trouble ensues. The film is full of nifty little details and personal moments (Murnau does simple boy-girl chemistry nicely) and some awfully lovely shots out in the wheat field. There is one part near the end that I didn't really buy (spoiler-tagged):
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Even so, it was a lovely way to kick off the challenge (and, as it happens, complete the '30s IMDb list).
Part of the reason for its lack of lists is that is was effectively a lost film until a decent cut of it was rediscovered in the 70s and I don't think it ever really got shown much, so it's only been recently with DVD (and amazingly blu-ray!) releases that many people have got to see it at all.

It basically got labelled as minor Murnau - a poor man's Sunrise - and ignored. The reputation comes from it having a troubled production, Murnau quit before it was complete because of studio interference (there is a lost version in which the studio tacked in some sound scenes) and it's thought to be much compromised from what he intended. All this I found quite surprising because the film, as it is, is excellent.
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