A surprisingly modern silent film about the terror of not being special.
Category Archives: Melodrama
AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957)
A classic romance with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, who are both very agreeable as usual, but I have to say that something on a basic level did not work for me.
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
A big romantic melodrama among army guys and ladies on Hawaii, with the impending doom of Pearl Harbor hanging over everything.
DIE BÜCHSE DER PANDORA (1929)
A rediscovered silent classic featuring an iconic central performance by Louise Brooks as its doomed heroine
This sweeping story of a huge Texas cattle ranch over several decades lives up to its name, but I think falls short of its clear ambition to be “Gone With the Wind, but as a Western.”
SANSHO THE BAILIFF (1954)
A classic Japanese film where every frame looks like a classical painting. From a plot perspective, the weepiest of weepies.
A very early drama about the effects of poverty from the first famous female director.
IMITATION OF LIFE (1959)
This over-the-top melodrama about mothers and daughters from director Douglas Sirk was considered populist trash at the time and is today seen as high art.
SOME CAME RUNNING (1958)
A mid-century melodrama in which Frank Sinatra plays a soldier returning to a small town. It has some interesting shots but never really rises above its potboiler status.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)
There are several great performances in this Southern Gothic adaptation of a famous stage play, but the whole thing is really not for me.