Tag Archives: 1930s

Tsirk / Circus (1936) Grigori Aleksandrov, Isidor Simkov, Lyubov Orlova, Evgeniya Melnikova, Vladimir Volodin, Comedy, Musical

Tsirk (1936)
Circus tells the story of an American named Marion who is banished from the US because a black man impregnates her. Marion escapes to Russia to start a new life in the circus and joins up with lustful, anti-Russian ringmaster who happens to be in love with her. The ringmaster knows her secret about the black baby and threatens to reveal it unless she marries him. The problem is that Marion has fallen in love with a Russian acrobat and later out of sheer jealousy, the ringmaster reveals the identity of the woman’s child in front of the circus audience.
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History Is Made at Night (1937) Frank Borzage, Charles Boyer, Jean Arthur, Leo Carrillo, Drama, Romance

History Is Made at Night (1937)
The obsessive and jealous shipowner Bruce Vail does not accept the divorce his wife Irene Vail achieved in London, and he hires his driver Michael Browsky to forge adultery with Irene in Paris to make the decree null. However, she is rescued by the headwaiter Paul Dumond, who punches Michael and locks Bruce and his private eyes in a locker, and they spend a wonderful night together in the restaurant Chateau Bleu, where Paul and his best friend Chef Cesare work, and they fall in love for each other. Meanwhile, Bruce kills Michael and blackmails Irene, blaming Paul and forcing her to return with him to New York. But Paul does not give up on Irene, and moves to New York with Cesare trying to find her love.
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Yunost Maksima / The Youth of Maxim (1935) Grigori Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg, Boris Chirkov, Valentina Kibardina, Mikhail Tarkhanov

Yunost Maksima (1935)
A 1935 USA trade-paper reviewer called it… “an impressive and technically outstanding historical drama dealing with czarist terrorism and revolutionary boiling in the days of 1907. Picture is one of the Soviet prize winners and has particular merits in realistic performance, photography and movement, plus some musical touches in way of folk songs.”
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If I Had a Million (1932) James Cruze, H. Bruce, Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, W.C. Fields, Comedy, Drama

If I Had a Million (1932)
Tycoon John Glidden, dying though still vigorous, is so dissatisfied with his relatives and associates that, rather than will his money to any of them, he decides to give it away in million-dollar amounts to strangers picked from the city directory. He picks a meek china salesman; a prostitute; a forger; two ex-vaudevilleans who hate road hogs; a condemned man; a mild-mannered clerk; a boisterous marine; and an oppressed inmate of an old ladies’ home.
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Captain Blood (1935) Michael Curtiz, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Action, Adventure

Captain Blood (1935)
Arrested during the Monmouth Rebellion and falsely convicted of treason, Dr. Peter Blood is banished to the West Indies and sold into slavery. In Port Royal, Jamaica the Governor’s daughter Arabella Bishop buys him for £10 to spite her uncle, Col. Bishop who owns a major plantation. Life is hard for the men and for Blood as well. By chance he treats the Governor’s gout and is soon part of the medical service. He dreams of freedom and when the opportunity strikes, he and his friends rebel taking over a Spanish ship that has attacked the city. Soon, they are the most feared pirates on the seas, men without a country attacking all ships. When Arabella is prisoner, Blood decides to return her to Port Royal only to find that it is under the control of England’s new enemy, France. All of them must decide if they are to fight for their new King.
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The Informer (1935) John Ford, Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster, Drama

The Informer (1935)
Dublin, 1920. Gypo Nolan, strong but none too bright, has been ousted from the rebel organization and is starving. When he finds that his equally destitute sweetheart Katie has been reduced to prostitution, he succumbs to temptation and betrays his former comrade Frankie to the British authorities for a 20 pound reward. In the course of one gloomy, foggy night, guilt and retribution inexorably close in…
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Captains Courageous (1937) Victor Fleming, Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore, Adventure, Drama, Family

Captains Courageous (1937)
Harvey Cheyne is a spoiled brat used to having his own way. When a prank goes wrong onboard an ocean liner Harvey ends up overboard and nearly drowns. Fortunately he’s picked up by a fishing boat just heading out for the season. He tries to bribe the crew into returning early to collect a reward but none of them believe him. Stranded on the boat he must adapt to the ways of the fishermen and learn more about the real world.
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Sans lendemain / There’s No Tomorrow (1939) Max Ophüls, Edwige Feuillère, George Rigaud, Daniel Lecourtois, Drama

Sans lendemain (1940)
The story of a once-respectable woman who re-encounters her first love, now a successful doctor. Reduced to nude-dancing in a sleazy dive, with a son to support, Evelyne (Edwige Feuillère) borrows money at an outrageous interest rate in order to create a facade of respectability–and, it goes without saying, Georges falls in love with her all over again. But how can Evelyne maintain her bourgeois value and save son and “father” from the consequences of her fall?
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Joyû to shijin / The Actress and the Poet (1935) Mikio Naruse, Hiroshi Uruki, Sachiko Chiba, Kamatari Fujiwara, Comedy

Joyu to shijin (1935)
Ryuji Nagami’s script mandates a fairly straightforward comedy of nonconformism and antisocial behavior, and also tends to lean too hard on its comic contrivances. Most of the film is low-key and digressive, and Naruse does some nice, relaxed character work with the supporting players, a few of whom are suspended between comic relief and villainy….
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Nana (1934) Dorothy Arzner, George Fitzmaurice, Anna Sten, Phillips Holmes, Lionel Atwill, Drama

Nana (1934)
Nana (Anna Sten) is a young woman who dreams of success in the entertainment world. For this reason he works tirelessly in Paris. One day he has a stroke of luck, and admirer decides to create a musical revue where Nana is the only star. This will launch to fame, and soon finds himself surrounded by numerous fans, who are eager to meet her in person. Among his admirers are veteran Grand Duke Alexis, and a young gallant who is soon starting a romance. But the older brother of his mistress also walks in love with Nana, and jealousy get in his way. The Grand Duke learns Nana’s relationship with the young lieutenant, and intended him to a dangerous site in Algeria. Nana, desperate and depressed by the Grand Duke, leaving the show and takes refuge in the arms of the elder brother of her former lover. Some time later, he returns to Algeria to fight the Prussians.
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