I have some thoughts about our American entry’s take on the intersection and patriotism, and also on the completely ridiculous accents basically everyone in this movie has. A lot of people like it though!
Tag Archives: 1940s Movies
THE BISHOP’S WIFE (1947)
Cary Grant is an angel who appears in the life of a tightly-wound workaholic bishop, but ends up attracted to his wife in a movie that is effortlessly charming, but also simultaneously so weightless that it seems on the verge of evaporation.
Alfred Hitchcock takes some very standard materials and somehow makes an amazing movie out of them… a great performance by Ingrid Bergman at the center helps, too.
CAT PEOPLE (1942)
Definitely the best movie ever made about were-panthers, it is remarkably effective at building tension using mostly shadows, sound design, and weird sexual undertones.
LADRI DI BICICLETTA (1948)
The prototype of the postwar European realism, it is a very simple movie about the cycle of poverty that worked way better for me than I would have thought.
IVAN THE TERRIBLE (1944)
A historical epic filmed in Russia during World War II with an unlimited budget, but Stalin found himself regretting the end result.
Disney’s early foray into “high culture” is probably weirder to than you remember and also includes a satisfying amount of dinosaur-on-dinosaur violence.
THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)
Charlie Chaplin’s skewering of Adolf Hitler was ahead of its time, then stood the test of time.
THE THIRD MAN (1949)
A movie of black and white paranoia that to me is one of the all-time classics, perfectly capturing a very specific time and place.
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948)
An extremely stupid movie, but in an enjoyable way. It teams up the famous comedy duo with the most famous Universal monsters, including Bela Lugosi’s last appearance as Dracula.