The Weekly Discussion: The 30s in Cinema!

Last week in The Weekly Discussion, I tried to start a discussion about the 60s in cinema. Nothing happened. However, fortunately, I also provided a poll about who the most influential director of that era is, and nine people voted. It was a close tie: 2 people voted for Ingmar Bergman, 2 for Luis Buñuel, and 2 for Alfred Hitchcock. But the winner, with 3 votes, is Jean Luc-Godard. Well done! Also in the poll, who didn’t receive any votes, were Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle, Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa.

For the next 9 or so weeks, I’m going to focus on every decade of the 20th century (even 1900-1910) in random order and who the most influential director of those respective decades is. But you are the key ingredient… I need YOU to vote, and hopefully start up a discussion about the topic in the comments below. I didn’t expect this idea to catch on quick, but hopefully it will do so eventually, perhaps even this week.

This week the decade is… the 30s!

Here’s the poll:

Thanks for voting. Now, who wants to start this week’s discussion? Anything on your mind about the 30s in movie history you’d like to write? Now’s the time.

About Tyler

Patient observer of all things film and music, from Béla Tarr to Boards of Canada. Foul mouthed and clinging to the edge of sanity.

Posted on June 28, 2011, in Filmmakers, Movies and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. One of my favorite films of that Decade is La Grande Illusion (1937) directed by Jean Renoir.

    Also I think we have to add Sir. Charles Chaplin to that discussion, he made in that decade 2 of the most relevant films of all time and of course they are also in mi all time favorite list:

    City Lights (1931).

    Modern Times (1936).

  2. Sadly I have seen very few movies of that decade, maybe only one or two from Chaplin 😦 A blind spot I need to correct some day!

    • Yeah, well it’s not the most productive decade for truly excellent film. You had your Chaplin, your Capra, your Hawks and etc., but in terms of actual business-changing films, there were surprisingly few.

  3. Others films to consider in the 30’s decade:

    – M (1931) / Fritz Lang.

    – The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) / James Whale.

    – The 39 Steps (1935) / Alfred Hitchcock.

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