Tag Archives: 1930s

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Juha (1937) –You’ll only lose your head. – It’s mine to lose. A slimy though apparently irresistible visitor, forbidden love, bitter regrets, lies, and the direst of consequences. Clumsy, crude, oldfashioned – more or less a silent movie with sound. … Continue reading

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backtrack; Sons of the desert (1933)

Only slightly over an hour in length but still rather slow-moving, and seldom more than mildly funny. Subservient husbands try to outsmart their shrewish wives, just to find themselves in trouble when their »clever« schemes backfire. I’m unsure as to why, but I find many … Continue reading

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backtrack; The lady vanishes (1938)

A childhood favourite that still delivers. Well-rounded characters and an intriguing suspense story with several witty surprises and twists – no more, no less! Hitchcock at his jolliest. In my book of cosy, oldfashioned entertainment.

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Drôle de drame (1937) »If we say the truth, they will think we are stupid. That’s worse.« What could have been a main plot twist is leaked after only a few minutes, but the colourful characters, bizarre costumes, substandard disguises, … Continue reading

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Δάφνις και Χλόη [Daphnis and Chloe] (1931) »Ha ha ha, my children. The name of the disease is love.« Odd, contrived saga of naively wholesome youth frolicking – at times nude! – through the pastoral countryside in some ancient Arcadia, eventually experiencing awakening lust and severe emotional pain. A … Continue reading

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Varastettu kuolema (1938) Dubious characters with tainted pasts. Double-crossing. Thwarted plans. Political unrest in a dark, moody, sparse Finland under tsarist Russian rule. Aristocratic revolutionaries, letterpress printers, hidden weaponry, mysterious women. A partly confusing tale that fascinates despite its many flaws. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Hyppolit, a lakáj (1931) It’s interesting to find out that the swedish »pilsnerfilm« genre had its equivalent in Hungary! This is a cosy comedy of manners, toying with the trespassing of class and status borders and mocking all kinds of pretense. A competent tongue-in-cheek … Continue reading

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