Sometimes reviewing Oscar films isn’t an easy business as the academy often throw me off with their decision-making especially in the early years when the event was still trying to find its feet. The Best Director field is a particularly interesting one as there were revisions made after the first ceremony, which we’ll get to …
As this is a section of the blog dedicated to looking at individual directors, I felt I neglected to include any background detail about King Vidor when talking about his adaptation of War and Peace in the last post. As I eluded to, Vidor started directing in the silent era with his first film being …
After the light relief provided by Libelled Lady we’re back to the serious stuff now with two films connected by nothing else but the same word in their title.
What do British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Mexican freedom fighter Pancho Villa and controversial French author Emile Zola have in common? Apart from being men and famous biopics of their exploits all feature in this decade’s list.
Our second winner in a row is All Quiet on the Western Front, a war film that feels awfully relevant given the fact that it was made in the early 1930s.
I have to say I didn’t think much of Norma Shearer when I first saw her playing Shakespeare’s Juliet; a role she was far too old for. But upon watching her Oscar winning role in Best Picture nominee The Divorcee I completely changed my opinion. .
Our first triple bill concentrates on another film icon of early cinema that being Maurice Chevalier.