#Friday Film

The Cranes are Flying (1957)
The Cranes are Flying is a brilliant Soviet drama about World War II and 1958 winner of the Palme d’Or. It is mostly about two people in love - Veronika (Tatiana Samoilova) and Boris (Aleksey Batalov) who are torn apart by the war, but also deals more generally with peoples’ suffering during war. A very moving and beautifully directed film.
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The Cranes are Flying (1957)

The Cranes are Flying is a brilliant Soviet drama about World War II and 1958 winner of the Palme d’Or. It is mostly about two people in love - Veronika (Tatiana Samoilova) and Boris (Aleksey Batalov) who are torn apart by the war, but also deals more generally with peoples’ suffering during war. A very moving and beautifully directed film.

Links: IMDb | Wikipedia

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One Hour with You (1932) DIR: Ernst Lubitsch
One Hour with You is a Pre-Code romance/comedy/musical starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald as Andre and Colette Bertier, a happily married couple. However, some complications start to arise once Colette introduces her husband to Mitzi (Genevieve Tobin).
The Love Parade (1929) also stars Maurice Chevalier alongside Jeanette MacDonald.
Links: IMDb | Wikipedia
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One Hour with You (1932)
DIR: Ernst Lubitsch

One Hour with You is a Pre-Code romance/comedy/musical starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald as Andre and Colette Bertier, a happily married couple. However, some complications start to arise once Colette introduces her husband to Mitzi (Genevieve Tobin).

The Love Parade (1929) also stars Maurice Chevalier alongside Jeanette MacDonald.

Links: IMDb | Wikipedia

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The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
The Strawberry Blonde is a film starring James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland, as well as Rita Hayworth. The story takes place in 1890s New York City. Biff Grimes (James Cagney) fall for a strawberry blonde socialite (Rita Hayworth). However, later he finds his true love (Olivia de Havilland). It’s somewhat of a bittersweet romance film, but also very humorous at times.
For more, read this review by the Self-Styled Siren.
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The Strawberry Blonde (1941)

The Strawberry Blonde is a film starring James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland, as well as Rita Hayworth. The story takes place in 1890s New York City. Biff Grimes (James Cagney) fall for a strawberry blonde socialite (Rita Hayworth). However, later he finds his true love (Olivia de Havilland). It’s somewhat of a bittersweet romance film, but also very humorous at times.

For more, read this review by the Self-Styled Siren.

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Gaslight (1944) DIR: George Cukor
Gaslight is a mystery drama set mainly in Victorian London. It stars Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotten, as well as Ingrid Bergman who gives an amazing performance as Paula, a woman slowly going insane. A young Angela Lansbury also has her film debut. Suspenseful and beautiful.
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Gaslight (1944)
DIR: George Cukor

Gaslight is a mystery drama set mainly in Victorian London. It stars Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotten, as well as Ingrid Bergman who gives an amazing performance as Paula, a woman slowly going insane. A young Angela Lansbury also has her film debut. Suspenseful and beautiful.

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The 39 Steps (1935) DIR: Alfred Hitchcock
The 39 Steps is arguably the best of Hitchock’s British films, before he moved to Hollywood in 1939. It is a thriller that is equally mysterious as it is humorous - a formula that Hitchcock would continue to use again and again. It stars Madeleine Carroll as the “cool blonde” alongside Robert Donat, who plays Hannay, a man who is innocent and yet is running away from the police.
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The 39 Steps (1935)
DIR: Alfred Hitchcock

The 39 Steps is arguably the best of Hitchock’s British films, before he moved to Hollywood in 1939. It is a thriller that is equally mysterious as it is humorous - a formula that Hitchcock would continue to use again and again. It stars Madeleine Carroll as the “cool blonde” alongside Robert Donat, who plays Hannay, a man who is innocent and yet is running away from the police.

Links: IMDb | Wikipedia

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The Thin Man (1934)
The Thin Man is a delightful detective/comedy film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles - the perfect detective team. There are plenty of witty lines, and the couple’s pet dog, Asta, is adorable.
The film was so successful at the time that five sequels were made - After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, Shadow of the Thin Man, The Thin Man Goes Home, and Song of the Thin Man.
Links: IMDb | Wikipedia
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The Thin Man (1934)

The Thin Man is a delightful detective/comedy film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles - the perfect detective team. There are plenty of witty lines, and the couple’s pet dog, Asta, is adorable.

The film was so successful at the time that five sequels were made - After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, Shadow of the Thin Man, The Thin Man Goes Home, and Song of the Thin Man.

Links: IMDb | Wikipedia

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Mädchen in Uniform (1931)
In this German film, 14-year-old Manuela von Meinhardis (Hertha Thiele) is sent to an all-girl boarding school after her mother dies. The Prussian headmistress of the school is very strict and makes life almost unbearable for the girls. Many of the girls are fond of the young teacher Elizabeth von Bernburg (Dorothea Wieck), who instead values love and understanding over strict discipline. Manuela develops a particular romantic attachment to this teacher.
Caroline of Garbo Laughs also wrote a great review here.
Links: IMDb | Wikipedia
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Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

In this German film, 14-year-old Manuela von Meinhardis (Hertha Thiele) is sent to an all-girl boarding school after her mother dies. The Prussian headmistress of the school is very strict and makes life almost unbearable for the girls. Many of the girls are fond of the young teacher Elizabeth von Bernburg (Dorothea Wieck), who instead values love and understanding over strict discipline. Manuela develops a particular romantic attachment to this teacher.

Caroline of Garbo Laughs also wrote a great review here.

Links: IMDb | Wikipedia

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North by Northwest (1959) DIR: Alfred Hitchcock
North by Northwest is perhaps one of Hitchock’s finest. It is a suspense thriller involving an an advertising executive named Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) and a mysterious woman named Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint). Its themes include deception and love, and a lot of the story reflects on the Cold War. So definitely worth seeing if you haven’t already!
Links: IMDb | Wikipedia
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North by Northwest (1959)
DIR: Alfred Hitchcock

North by Northwest is perhaps one of Hitchock’s finest. It is a suspense thriller involving an an advertising executive named Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) and a mysterious woman named Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint). Its themes include deception and love, and a lot of the story reflects on the Cold War. So definitely worth seeing if you haven’t already!

Links: IMDb | Wikipedia

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Madame Bovary (1949) DIR: Vincente Minnelli
Romantic drama based on the classic 1856 novel of the same name by Gustave Flaubert. Jennifer Jones plays the role of Emma Bovary, a girl who dreams of love.
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Madame Bovary (1949)
DIR: Vincente Minnelli

Romantic drama based on the classic 1856 novel of the same name by Gustave Flaubert. Jennifer Jones plays the role of Emma Bovary, a girl who dreams of love.

Links: IMDb | Wikipedia

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Barbarella (1968)
Based on a French comic, Barbarella is a science fiction film starring Jane Fonda as Barbarella. After a zero-gravity striptease, Barbarella is sent by the President of Earth on a mission to the planet Tau Ceti. Although it was a failure at the time of its release, it can now be considered a cult classic. It’s definitely much more racy than the other films that I have reviewed on this blog.
Links: IMDb | Wikipedia
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Barbarella (1968)

Based on a French comic, Barbarella is a science fiction film starring Jane Fonda as Barbarella. After a zero-gravity striptease, Barbarella is sent by the President of Earth on a mission to the planet Tau Ceti. Although it was a failure at the time of its release, it can now be considered a cult classic. It’s definitely much more racy than the other films that I have reviewed on this blog.

Links: IMDb | Wikipedia

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The Lost Moment (1947)
Dramatic film based on The Aspern Papers by Henry James which was in turn, supposedly inspired by a romance between the poet Lord Byron and his mistress who kept all of his letters. The Lost Moment is a compelling gothic tale and an underrated film. Recommended for fans of Rebecca (1940).
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The Lost Moment (1947)

Dramatic film based on The Aspern Papers by Henry James which was in turn, supposedly inspired by a romance between the poet Lord Byron and his mistress who kept all of his letters. The Lost Moment is a compelling gothic tale and an underrated film. Recommended for fans of Rebecca (1940).

Links: IMDb | Wikipedia

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Waterloo Bridge (1940)
On the eve of WWII, an officer goes to Waterloo Bridge and reminisces about his romance years before with a ballerina as a soldier in WWI. An unforgettable melodrama with an amazing performance by Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor.
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Waterloo Bridge (1940)

On the eve of WWII, an officer goes to Waterloo Bridge and reminisces about his romance years before with a ballerina as a soldier in WWI. An unforgettable melodrama with an amazing performance by Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor.

Image: Italian Poster via Dr. Macro’s