Josh, Dodsworth, Berlin discussed on Filmspotting
And the reason it's number one for me, Josh, is besides being a masterpiece. We're talking about the best films of their respective genres. There are certainly some of the best films of their respective genres. And M is a hybrid that was basically the first noir. The first crime procedural, the first serial killer movie, and there's a sequence in it that amounts to what became the first heist sequence that influence every other bank robbery movie every other crime movie that followed. I think maybe because we were preparing for our bonus content discussion for our family members on Patreon have sin city, I was putting this list together and thinking about that film. Listen to what Roger Ebert had to say about it. He said, certainly M is a portrait of a diseased society, one that seems even more decadent than the other portraits of Berlin in the 1930s. Its characters have no virtues and lack even attractive devices. In other stories of the time we see nightclub champagne, sex and perversion, when M visits a bar, it is to show close ups of greasy sausages spilled beer, rotten cheese, and stale cigar butts. And it all does take place within this underworld of Berlin, where these horrible atrocities are being committed by the killer. And then you have the criminals themselves who are out to exact justice on him. So it's a movie that might actually be a nice double feature with sin city if you were looking for such decadence. And I mentioned that site and sound list from 2012. Number 56 on the critics list number 75 on the director's list and available on almost all of those platforms we've been mentioning, including Amazon Prime and iTunes. And still blood curdling. I mean, it will really unnerve you. Sometimes as we were saying, these musicals give you some distance in some comfort. This is one film that is going to upset you as many, many decades later. Yeah, it is, before we get to any other honorable mentions, I'll read some feedback from Zack in Chicago, wrote in said, I don't know if dodsworth from 1936 cracks my top 5 1930s movies. There are so many contenders. But I think it might crack my own top 5 movies about marriage list. What's remarkable is this 1930s William wyler movie about a disintegrating marriage still seems modern today. It can't escape being a product of its time. It does side more with Walter Houston's husband, especially in its final third, but the wife gets her moments and you understand why she wants to break free. I think she's more sympathetically portrayed than some critics do today. Anyways, if you've never seen it, you need to decide for yourself. It's no marriage story, but and I think Michael Phillips might have my back here. It makes Kramer versus Kramer look like it was the one made 80 years ago. Thank you very much for that Zach. And Josh, are there any films that we haven't touched on? You definitely want to give a little attention. Yeah, I definitely want to throw some more titles in case people want to go beyond the ten we've mentioned and more of a deep dive. I wish my list had been had more international titles beyond Renoir. Here's one I'll throw out there. Ozu's, I was born, but also maybe a good place to start with him as a filmmaker. We've talked about 1939 being such a great year. Here are two more reasons why you have the women and you have stagecoach. How about 42nd street, a non Fred and Ginger musical that definitely deserves your time and a couple more here. We've done a few marathons, Adam, you've mentioned the Dietrich von sternberg one. I think Shanghai express it would maybe be my representative of that marathon that people might want to check out. We also did a marks brothers marathon and longtime listeners know probably no surprise that they're not represented in our picks, but I do think if you wanted to get a flavor of their work in the decade, you'd have to one that you would have to and one that I think we both really liked was a night at the app. My romantic comedy pick, natsuka, I had some backups there, including the one you said, Josh, the awful truth with Cary Grant and Irene Powell, but also the thin man with Merrill loy and William Powell, and you could go with another lubitsch as well, trouble and Paradise a very good romantic comedy. You mentioned stagecoach, which surely if you're going to talk about a western, you have to talk about that, John Ford film from the 30s, but how about his young mister Lincoln as a biography? I do really like Barbara Stanwyck in Stella Dallas, king wielders melodrama from the time and in terms of a political drama. There's always Frank Capra's mister Smith goes to Washington. And yeah, there's probably about 20 other films. We'd love to mention. But those are our top 5 films of the 1930s are starter pack. We'd love to hear your picks or any other comments. You can email us feedback at film spotting .NET. I'm sorry, gentlemen. I know I'm being disrespectful to this honorable body. I know that. A guy like me should never be allowed to get in here in the first place. I know that. And I hate to stand here and try your patients like this, but either I'm dead right or I'm crazy. You wouldn't care to put that to a vote would you, senator? From just a little over two years ago, that was our 1930s starter pack for more top 5 lists. Check out the film spotting archive. That's at film spotting .NET slash lists. And Josh, that's our show. If you want to connect with us on Facebook or on Twitter, Adam is at film spotting, and I'm at Larsen on film. You can also find us on letterbox. 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