Slow week yet again. Bunch of stuff happening in my personal life getting in the way of serious movie binging. Having a life is not recommended.
Missing from the list of movies is East Lynne, simply because that the only copy available for me is missing the ending, so I want to save it for later. UCLA holds a complete copy that is available for the public to see, so in the future I will have to travel to the US to complete the Oscars project.
The Front Page (1931)
Tightly directed with a fast paced and firm flow. Yet, I didn’t quite find the story and the characters very engaging. Good, but I wished it hooked me.
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Adolphe Menjou) and Best Director in 1931.
Fun to see kids out-act the adults by a long shot. Sweet and charming.
Winner of Best Director in 1931.
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jackie Cooper) and Best Writing, Adaptation.
Trader Horn (1931)
Way too long and stuffed with disposable scenes. Very intense at parts, but doesn’t quite redeem the end product.
Nominated for Best Picture in 1931.
Not as bad as it’s reputation, it has a lot of redeeming qualities. But, it is very episodic, lacking a good flow overall. The second half has a real disconnect with the first half. I guess it won Best Picture since it is the most “epic” of the bunch, but both The Front Page and Skippy should have won instead.
Winner of Best Picture, Best Writing, Adaptation and Best Art Direction in 1931.
Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Richard Dix), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Irene Dunne), Best Director and Best Cinematography.