40’s movies marathon – part 31

Memphis Belle (1944, USA) – We follow a group of bombers to Germany and back again. There’s no dialogue, just a hard voice that describes the combat footage we’re seeing. It’s poetry, beautiful in a cold and intense way. Watched it all.

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943, USA) – The most extravagant war movie in the marathon yet, with an extravagant overture, extravagant fonts, and extravagant colors. It almost lasts longer than it takes to read the damn book. Everybody who sees this movie will know that they’ve taken part in a Serious Cultural Event. Watched: 14 minutes.

The Saint Meets the Tiger (1943, UK) – A man is stabbed on Simon Templar’s doorstep, making a cryptic accusation as he dies. Sheesh. Watched: 5 minutes.

Kings Row (1942, USA) – All the happy children are playing happy games in their happy little town. Watched: 9 minutes. Judging from IMDB reviews I’ve completely misunderstood this movie. Oops.

The Song of Bernadette (1943, USA) – Lourdes is full of dull, sick and serious people. They’re about to be cured of one of these. Watched: 11 minutes.

The Ape Man (1943, USA) – The sound on this VHS rip is so bad that I can’t hear a word they’re saying. It all sounds like the parents in Peanuts. But from what I can tell this is really, really bad. Watched: 5 minutes, then fast forwarded to see the ape man, of which there appears to be two: An ape, and Bela Lugosi in a gigantic beard.

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