Un grand amour de Beethoven / Beethoven’s Great Love (1936) Abel Gance, Harry Baur, Annie Ducaux, Jany Holt, Biography, Drama, Music
1801, in Vienna, two young women, his pupils, are in love with him. Thérèse de Brunswick’s love remains unrequited even though she and Beethoven are engaged for years; Juliette Guicciardi, whom Beethoven loves but who marries a count, regrets that decision, but by then he and Thérèse are engaged.
An Act of Murder (1948) Michael Gordon, Fredric March, Edmond O’Brien, Florence Eldridge, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Teen idol Paul Anka plays Craig Fowler, the troubled son of dysfunctional parents Jackie and Jay Fowler (Ruth Roman and Alex Nicol). When Jay loses his job as a aircraft mechanic, he goes on a drinking binge to end all, passing out on the floor in front of his bored and disappointed wife.
Das Mädchen Johanna / Joan The Maid (1935) Gustav Ucicky, Angela Salloker, Gustaf Gründgens, Heinrich George, Biography, Drama, History
The story of Joan of Arc has been filmed so often that it need not be repeated here. This 1935 version obviously can’t quite compete with the masterworks Dreyer, Bresson, or Rivette derived from the same story, but it’s nevertheless a very effective film which focuses much more on the intrigues of the men around Joan than on the girl herself, who gets surprisingly little screentime.