Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate it. Mainly in the United States I guess. I hope many of you filled up on turkey and pecan pie as I did today. Most Thanksgiving's fly by and I never really reflect on what I have to be thankful for, but these past few months have been very difficult ones. But things are looking up and so for that I am very thankful. Amen.
Here are the final five tracks from the original Ashes of Time.
POST EDITED ON 01/10/2010 - deleting these five since I already have them on another earlier post.
I have been watching a lot of old movies on Turner Classics lately and so read with interest this fellow's choice for the top 40 films from the 1930's - clearly with films in English being a criteria. Out of the 40 films I have actually seen 37 of them which is kind of scary on one hand but then I have probably lived longer than most of you and was actually around when New York City and Washington DC had repertory movie theaters that showed old movies and when there were tv channels other TCM that showed lots of old films in the afternoon. Here is the link to the article.
I can't really disagree with most of these with special high fives going out to My Man Godfrey, Swing Time, Ninotchka, The Lady Vanishes, Stage Coach, Captain Blood, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Duck Soup, The Thin Man and Modern Times. The three I have never seen are Blue Angel (started it but could not finish it), Dodsworth and I am a Fugative from a Chain Gang.
Here are a few others I'd put on that list if it were bigger. Instead of You Can't Take it with You which is cute but too eccentric I'd rather add another Capra film, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. The fellow has The Four Feathers on his list but for stiff upper lip British imperialistic heroism I prefer Gunga Din ("You are a Better Man than I Gunga Din") or Beau Geste (though Gary Cooper wasn't exactly British). 42nd Street is the first great Busby Berkeley choreographed film but Footlight Parade, Dames and Gold Diggers of 1933 are better. Public Enemy is his gangster flick pick but the 30's had a ton of great ones and he easily could have substituted it with Little Caesar or Scarface or The Roaring Twenties. Instead of George Cukor's Little Women I'd chose his Dinner at Eight or The Women which was pretty damn revolutionary for its time. Duck Soup by the Marx Brothers is of course one of the greatest cerebral films of all time but A Night at the Opera isn't far behind. The stateroom scene alone should put it in the top 40. Take out Of Mice and Men or Stage Door (and maybe even All Quiet on the Western Front which I realize is a great anti-war film but kind of dull).
I may have missed them but there are a few actors I didn't see represented so for me if you are talking the 30's you need something from Ronald Coleman - either A Tale of Two Cities or The Prisoner of Zenda or Lost Horizons - all great. And no Bette Davis? How about either Dark Victory or Jezabel. And Robert Donat - he didn't make a lot of films but still I'd squeeze in either The 39 Steps or Goodbye Mr. Chips or The Count of Monte Cristo to the list. Three other films I really like are the adventure fantasy film She, Lubitch's Trouble in Paradise and Henry Fonda as Young Mr. Lincoln. And Bob Hope really got started with The Cat and the Canary in 1939. Finally, these are not great films I guess but they represent for me two of my favorite film series - Tarzan and his Mate and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I am sure there are tons of other films from the 1930's that I should include but can't think of. I hope this fellow follows this up with the top 40 films of the 1940's - for me the best decade of movie making in Hollywood.