The fourth chapter in "32 Days of Movies", an audiovisual tour through 366 films.
(2015 update: included Vimeo embed after the jump)
View "Chapter 4: The Golden Ages"
The Golden Ages
It was a time of barnyard concerts in eye-popping color, giant silhouettes dancing in sync, and exotic swashbucklers vying for the attention of a beautiful woman. No wonder the thirties are considered the golden age for the American film industry, as much of the Hollywood mythos was established in this period. Yet my title is plural for a reason; with the technological hurdle of sound now overcome, this was a global golden age, not limited to Hollywood. France, Britain, and Japan all have something to offer in this entry, in a diverse array of forms: stop-motion fairy tales, humanist dramas, and shocking thrillers. Tomorrow the focus will narrow somewhat but today about half the films hearken from beyond the cozy confines of sunny California.
There is a spoiler around the 3:00 mark. It comes after the title, so you can watch the beginning of the clip and then decide if you want to see the rest. If not, skip ahead to 3:16 for the next clip.
I have covered two of today's films here.
Tomorrow: Hooray for Hollywood!
Yesterday: Talking, Singing, Dancing Pictures