Archive for November 15th, 2008

by Sam Juliano

     Ballots for the month-long 1930’s film poll will be accepted up to 11:00 P. M. EST tomorrow night.  The voting has attracted to this point an impressive 22 ballots from film enthusiasts and serious lovers of cinema.  The poll asks each voter to name (in numerical order) his or her top 25 choices (domestic, foreign, feature, shorts, all included) of films realeased from 1930 to 1939.

     Angelo A. D’Arminio, a member of a northern New Jersey e mail network, proctored by yours truly will again be volunteering his talents by talbulating the ballots using our traditional “weighted” method.  The polling will allow for public unveiling of an official Top 25 Films of the 30’s later this week, and the results will permanently be placed on a page on the sidebar.  We are already planning to move forward with the 1940’s poll within one week after the 30’s results are announced.

     Anyone still planning to participate is urged to enter their ballot under the 30’s thread.  To those who have already voted, WithD thanks you for your considerable effort in compliling a list.

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by Allan Fish

(USA 1933 115m) DVD1/2

Christopher Columbus!

p  David O.Selznick, Merian C.Cooper, Kenneth MacGowan  d  George Cukor  w  Sarah Y.Mason, Victor Heerman  novel  Louisa May Alcott  ph  Henry Gerrard  ed  Jack Kitchin  m  Max Steiner  art  Van Nest Polglase  cos  Walter Plunkett

Katharine Hepburn (Jo March), Paul Lukas (Prof.Bhaer), Joan Bennett (Amy March), Frances Dee (Meg), Jean Parker (Beth), Spring Byington (Marmee), Douglass Montgomery (Laurie), Henry Stephenson (Mr Laurence), Edna May Oliver (Aunt March), John Lodge (Brooke), Samuel S.Hinds (Mr March), Olin Howland (Mr Davis),

Christopher Plummer once remarked, tongue-in-cheek, that working with Julie Andrews on The Sound of Music was like being hit on the head with a Valentine’s Card.  Watching George Cukor’s film of Alcott’s essential piece of Civil War Americana is rather like being hammered over the head with a tapestry bearing the timeless epithet “there’s no place like home.”  That it still manages to be as essential as it is, and thus requires my putting digits to keyboard, is a testament to two great talents in one of their formative collaborations; Cukor, naturally, and his star, Katharine Hepburn. 

            Alcott’s story, for those few select members of the Hermit Society unaware of the details who may be reading, follows the blossoming into adulthood of four young girls, the March sisters, during the Civil War.  Meg, Beth, Amy and tomboy Jo do their best to while away the harsh winters and idyllic summers with their saintly Marmee, waiting for news from the front from Daddy who’s gone off to fight those Southerners.              (more…)

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