40’s movies marathon – part 98
May 7, 2010 1 Comment
Crossfire (1947, USA, Dmytryk) – Life after the war is all confused. Nobody knows what’s what, and all the hatred of the war years has no place to go. Watched it all. Contains one of the earliest anti-semitic murders in Hollywood – and that includes the movies that were actually about Nazi Germany. I’ll forgive the preachiness, it’s about bloody time. Actually, the victim in the original novel was murdered because he was gay, but they couldn’t show that on film, so they made him a Jew instead. One prejudice at a time.
Queen of the Amazons (1947, USA, Finney) – The natives are restless in “India”, an exotic country far far away, possibly in Africa or maybe even further away than that. Watched: 5 minutes.
Hue and Cry (1947, UK, Crichton) – Here’s why Ealing Studios is superior to the Italian neorealists, (because I’m sure you were wondering). Vittorio de Sica made Shoeshine, a bleak movie about street boys who are hurled towards inevitable doom by forces beyond their control. Ealing made this Boy’s Own-type adventure story about some kids who solve crime from their secret base in the war ruins of London. Watched it all.
Brute Force (1947, USA, Dassin) – All the guards at the penitentiary are assholes, straight out of the NSDAP. Let’s get out of here! Watched: 12 minutes.
Cinderella (1947, USSR) – In Soviet Russia, Cinderella disneyfies you. Dear God this is awful. But the sets are impressive, especially in this colorized version. (It’s a nice thought: Eventually, all black and white movies that ought to be colorized, will be.) Watched: 18 minutes.