Saturday, February 22, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Song of the Day: Ladies Auxiliary

Running through my head all the while I was watching Mrs. Miniver was Woody Guthrie's "Ladies Auxiliary".

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Song of the Day: Balloon Dance

After watching Rob Marshall's Chicago tonight, I needed to see some Bob Fosse, so here he is with Debbie Reynolds from Give a Girl a Break:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

1934 Endy Awards

For the end of the year episode of The George Sanders Show a few weeks ago, we did a 1933 year in review, with awards and top 5s and reviews of a couple of films from that year. We had so much fun with it that we're planning to do the same thing this year, for 1984. In the meantime, I figure I'll go through the rest of the years ending in '4' that I can reasonably give awards to, starting now with 1934. In the Endy Awards Index you can find entries for 201119321939196419571994, and 1933, along with a bunch of much older, less good award posts. Eligibility is determined by imdb date and by whether or not I've seen the movie in question. Nominees are listed in alphabetical order and the winners are bolded. And the Endy goes to. . .

Best Picture:

1. L'Atalante
2. No Greater Glory
3. The Scarlet Empress
4. A Story of Floating Weeds
5. Twentieth Century

Best Director:

1. Jean Vigo, L'Atalante
2. Frank Borzage, No Greater Glory
3. Josef von Sternberg, The Scarlet Empress
4. Yasujiro Ozu, A Story of Floating Weeds
5. Howard Hawks, Twentieth Century

Vigo was a winner in 1933 for his short film Zéro de conduite. This is a posthumous Endy as the immensely talented young director died of tuberculosis shortly after L'Atalante was released.

Best Actor:

1. Clark Gable, It Happened One Night
2. WC Fields, It's a Gift
3. Will Rogers, Judge Priest
4. William Powell, The Thin Man
5. John Barrymore, Twentieth Century

Best Actress:

1. Dita Parlo, L'Atalante
2. Claudette Colbert, It Happened One Night
3. Marlene Dietrich, The Scarlet Empress
4. Myrna Loy, The Thin Man
5. Carole Lombard, Twentieth Century

Colbert also starred in John M. Stahl's acclaimed Imitation of Life this year, but I haven't seen it yet (it just missed the cut for an Unseen Film nomination) and cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra, which I have seen. Dietrich and Loy both won Endys in 1932, Loy in the Supporting Actress category. 

Supporting Actor:

1. Michel Simon, L'Atalante
2. Boris Karloff, The Black Cat
3. Stepin Fetchit, Judge Priest
4. Peter Lorre, The Man Who Knew Too Much
5. Sam Jaffe, The Scarlet Empress

Supporting Actress:

1. Anne Dvorak, Heat Lightning
2. Glenda Farrell, Heat Lightning
3. Louise Dresser, The Scarlet Empress
4. Chôko Iida, The Story of Floating Weeds
5. Yoshiko Tsubouchi, The Story of Floating Weeds

A kind of a make-up Endy for Glenda Farrell as this is the third year in a row she has been nominated in this category, losing to Myrna Loy in 1932 and Ginger Rogers in 1933. The nomination for Stepin Fetchit is highly controversial, of course, as picketers protest that the star actor puts his comic gifts to use perpetuating horribly demeaning stereotypes, while supporters argue that Fetchit's persona is in fact subversive of those same stereotypes. The Endy ultimately goes to Karloff because the Endy Committee are cowards.

Original Screenplay:

1. Jean Vigo & Albert Riéra, L'Atalante
2. Robert Riskin, It Happened One Night
3. Charles Bennett & DB Wyndham-Lewis, The Man Who Knew Too Much
4. King Vidor, Elizabeth Hill & Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Our Daily Bread
5. Yasujiro Ozu & Tadao Ikeda, A Story of Floating Weeds

Adapted Screenplay:

1. Irvin S. Cobb, Dudley Nichols & Lamar Trotti, Judge Priest
2. Jo Sewerling, No Greater Glory
3. Eleanor McGeary, The Scarlet Empress
4. Albert Hackett & Frances Goodrich, The Thin Man
5. Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur, Twentieth Century

1934 is the breakthrough year for the screwball comedy, and three of the best examples of the genre see their screenplays nominated, with wins in both categories. This is the first (but surely not the last) win for Ben Hecht, who was nominated in 1932 for Scarface and 1933 for Hallelujah, I'm a Bum.

Non-English Language Film:

1. L'Atalante (Jean Vigo)
2. Liliom (Fritz Lang)
3. Les misérables (Raymond Bernard)
4. A Story of Floating Weeds (Yasujiro Ozu)
5. Street Without End (Mikio Naruse)

Short Film:

1. The Goddess of Spring (Wilfred Jackson)
2. The Grasshopper and the Ants (Wilfred Jackson)
3. The Big Bad Wolf (Burt Gillett)

Unseen Film:

1. Chapaev (Georgi & Sergei Vasilyev)
2. The Goddess (Wu Yonggong)
3. Le grand jeu (Jacques Feyder)
4. Man of Aran (Robert Flaherty)

Film Editing:

1. L'Atalante
2. The Gay Divorcee
3. The Man Who Knew Too Much
4. No Greater Glory
5. Our Daily Bread


1. Boris Kaufman, L'Atalante
2. John J. Mescall, The Black Cat
3. Bert Glennon, The Scarlet Empress
4. Hideo Shigehara, A Story of Floating Weeds
5. Inokai Suketaro, Street Without End

Original Score:

1. Dames
2. The Gay Divorcee
3. Liliom
4. Our Daily Bread
5. The Scarlet Empress

Original Song:

1. "I Only Have Eyes For You", Dames
2. "The Continental", The Gay Divorcee


1. The Black Cat
2. Dames
3. The Gay Divorcee
4. The Black Cat
5. The Merry Widow

Art Direction:

1. L'Atalante
2. The Black Cat
3. Cleopatra
4. The Merry Widow
5. The Scarlet Empress

Costume Design:

1. Cleopatra
2. The Merry Widow
3. Les misérables
4. The Scarlet Empress
5. The Thin Man


1. The Black Cat
2. Cleopatra
3. The Scarlet Empress

Sound Mixing:

1. Dames
2. The Gay Divorcee
3. The Merry Widow
4. The Scarlet Empress
5. Twentieth Century

Sound Editing:

1. Dames
2. The Gay Divorcee
3. The Lost Patrol
4. The Merry Widow
5. No Greater Glory

Visual Effects:

1. The Black Cat
2. Cleopatra
3. Liliom

Song of the Day: Thrasher

Continuing on with Neil Young, this is "Thrasher" from Rust Never Sleeps

I don't have a list of my favorite songs anymore, but if I did, this would be in contention for the top spot.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Song of the Day: Cinnamon Girl

"Cinnamon Girl" by Neil Young, from Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

Had this stuck in my head all day. Enjoy.