Sunday, July 12, 2009

1939 The Greatest Year For Movies

Ty Burr writes in The Boston Globe The unrivaled year for moviemaking: 1939 "Yet 1939 trumps them all, and only partly on the extraordinary quality of the movies themselves. Rather, the year marked the peak of the Hollywood studio system - a factory in the paradoxical business of mass-producing individual dreams."


Megs said...

I read that article and actually wondered as reading, 'how many of the 1939 movies has Howard seen' and also 'does Howard agree' ... soooo....?

And, you need to create a rating system or something so us non-movie people can keep up

Howard said...

Of what's mentioned in the article I've seen 11, all are worth seeing. Assuming everyone has seen Gone with the Wind and Wizard of Oz, Ninotchka is my next fav:
Goodbye Mr. Chips
Gone With the Wind
Gunga Din
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Only Angels Have Wings
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Wizard of Oz
Wuthering Heights
Young Mr. Lincoln

I haven't seen the following though I just recorded The Women on TiVo last week and will get to it soon:
Dark Victory
Destry Rides Again
Each Dawn I Die
Golden Boy
Love Affair
The Old Maid
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
The Roaring Twenties
The Women

Looking at the oscar nominated films there are a lot more worth seeing including:
Beau Geste
Of Mice and Men
Drums Along the Mohawk
The Four Feathers
The Mikado
The Rains Came

I've been keeping a spreadsheet of every film I've seen this year, so I'll have lots of data to provide when the year is over about what I've seen.