1940s

  • Anonymous – The Apple-Knockers and the Coke (1948)

    Autotranslated from French:
    At first glance, “The Apple Knockers and the Coke” seems like a small, low-profile film, designed to be eye-catching. But this splendid young woman on the screen seems familiar to us… According to the legend of the time, the one who has fun with an apple and a bottle of Coca-Cola would be Norma Jeane Mortenson, the future Marilyn Monroe. Information which will then be denied.Read More »

  • Pierre Billon – L’homme au chapeau rond AKA The Eternal Husband (1946)

    An adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Le Eternel Mari”, a somber story of marital infidelity, revenge and near madness, and starring Raimu in his last film appearance.Read More »

  • Kenji Mizoguchi – Waga koi wa moenu AKA Flame of My Love (1949)

    Quote:
    A woman’s struggle for equality in Japan in the 1880s. Eiko Hirayama leaves Okayama for Tokyo, where she helps the fledgling Liberal Party and falls in love with its leader Kentaro Omoi, just as the party is being disbanded by the government. Eiko and Omoi are jailed because of a fire at a factory instigated by Chiyo, a servant girl from Eiko’s home in Okayama, who was sold to slavery. A few years later the 1889 constitution is proclaimed, Eiko, Omoi, and Chiyo are pardoned, and the Liberal Party is reinaugurated. However Omoi does not campaign for women’s rights. – imdbRead More »

  • Masahiro Makino – Hanako-san AKA Miss Hanako (1943)

    Masahiro Makino’s attempt at a Busby Berkeley-style musical. Quality is mediocre (much better than the older version we had though), but the film is a true revelation! It combines the elaborate kaleidoscopic choreography of Berkeley musicals with a charming down-to-earth comedy narrative.Read More »

  • Alice O’Fredericks – Det brændende Spørgsmaal (1943)

    After three long years the young secretary Bodil is reunited with her former love, Carsten. Unfortunately, she has in the meantime approached the skirt-chaser Hugo. If she wants to have a future with Carsten she has to find a solution but it’s not easy.Read More »

  • Aleksandr Dovzhenko – Proshchay, Amerika! AKA Farewell, America! (1949)

    A remarkable rarity, Dovzhenko’s unfinished final film was a response to the atmosphere of intrigues and espionage – real or imagined – that dominated the early Cold War era. In protest of the intensifying postwar anti-communist witch hunt, American journalist Annabelle Bucard emigrated to Russia and became a Soviet citizen; her book, The Truth About American Diplomats, was published in English and Russian in 1949. That book, and aspects of Ms. Bucard’s life, formed the basis for FAREWELL, AMERICA. Shortly after the Allied victory, an idealistic “Anna Bedford” gets a job in Moscow at the U.S. Embassy, which she promptly discovers is crawling with spies.Read More »

  • Emilio Fernández – Maclovia (1948)

    On a small Mexican island dwells a group of Indians who live in the traditional manner and who disdain outsiders. The beautiful Maclovia and the poverty-stricken Jose Maria are in love, but her father refuses to allow their marriage, or even any communication between them, due to Jose Maria’s lack of means. The young man strives to educate himself and earn enough to purchase his own fishing boat in order to win her father’s favor. At the same time, a batallion of soldiers is posted there, and the brutal sergeant develops eyes for Maclovia. The conflicts come to a head on the Night of the Dead. Written by GoblinHairedGuyRead More »

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