1930

2020-09-23T13:43:02+00:00

best film:  The Blue Angel from von Sternberg. Von Sternberg is as married to mise-en-scene as Renoir or Ophuls is to camera movement or Eisenstein is to montage and editing. The Blue Angel has a simple (yet

19302020-09-23T13:43:02+00:00

1929

2020-09-21T21:11:56+00:00

best film:  Pandora’s Box from G.W. Pabst Pabst’s film features an enthralling narrative and rich characterizations Louise Brooks and her tragic character, Lulu, are/were so influential to the time and to cinema lore (see films

19292020-09-21T21:11:56+00:00

1928

2020-09-16T18:48:39+00:00

best film:  The Passion of Joan of Arc from Dreyer It’s formally flawless and stylistically audacious at the same time. It’s one of the 20-25 (or so) I think you could legitimately call the greatest

19282020-09-16T18:48:39+00:00

1927

2020-09-12T14:48:40+00:00

best film:  Sunrise by Murnau. I should mention that I still haven’t been able to track down and see Abel Gance’s Napoleon- a pretty significant omission by all accounts (it is #176 of all-time on the

19272020-09-12T14:48:40+00:00

1926

2020-09-11T11:02:17+00:00

best film:  The General from Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman A set piece high-wire act that last for nearly the entire duration of the film At age 31, Keaton has a second unassailable masterpiece between

19262020-09-11T11:02:17+00:00

1925

2020-09-06T03:30:03+00:00

best film:  Battleship Potemkin from Eisenstein Pure cinematic excellence, a stylistic shock wave, a masterful collage of images—Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin stands alone as the greatest single achievement in film editing. Murnau is important—absolutely- what he did with

19252020-09-06T03:30:03+00:00

1924

2020-09-01T19:35:29+00:00

best film:  Sherlock Jr. from Buster Keaton though the top three films from 1924 would be the single best film of 1923 A jaw-on the floor masterpiece, and, believe it or not, one that doesn’t

19242020-09-01T19:35:29+00:00

1923

2020-08-31T16:49:53+00:00

best film:  Our Hospitality from Buster Keaton (his second feature). Our Hospitality isn’t Keaton’s best work but in a down year coming off of 1922—it is the best film of the year. A brilliant premise- a

19232020-08-31T16:49:53+00:00

1922

2020-08-29T02:56:11+00:00

best film:  Nosferatu from Murnau. Nosferatu is an essential masterpiece- a landmark in horror cinema, German expressionism, and Murnau’s wonderful body of work as an auteur. It is an unauthorized adaptation (much like Ossessione from Visconti

19222020-08-29T02:56:11+00:00

1921

2020-08-27T13:56:39+00:00

best film:  Destiny from Lang Fritz Lang’s Destiny takes narrative elements from Griffith’s Intolerance (three clear and distinct narrative strands- Mideast story line, Spanish, and Chinese) and mise-en-scene elements from Caligari (see décor detail) to make a brilliant early film for

19212020-08-27T13:56:39+00:00

1920

2020-08-24T19:28:26+00:00

best film:  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari from Wiene is by far the best film from 1920. It’s the birth of German expressionism, and, largely, mise-en-scene (or at least set design) in feature film (though of

19202020-08-24T19:28:26+00:00

1914-1919

2020-08-24T12:39:52+00:00

best film: Intolerance from Griffith – It’s easily the greatest example of cinema as art to date in 1916 and wouldn’t be topped throughout the rest of the decade. It is one of cinemas historically great achievements

1914-19192020-08-24T12:39:52+00:00
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