August 6, 2010

A to Z

Here's a fun idea I found courtesy of Raquelle at Out of the Past - naming a movie you like/recommend for every letter of the alphabet. I started to compile my list, but I quickly realized that leaving it open to every movie ever made wasn't very interesting or challenging. Therefore, I gave myself a theme to work with, so that in the future I can come up with new themes/rules and see how long I can go without running out or doing repeats (if possible). My restriction on this round was that the movie had to be released during or before 1950. I stayed away from the more famous or obvious choices (as much as I could), and aimed for a mix of decades, genres, and countries. For the impossible letters, I tried to just find a title that included them. And this isn't a definitive list of favorites, but rather just films with my coveted seal of approval - all IMDB-linked for your pleasure. Off we go!

A - Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938)
B - Brute Force (1947)
C - Children of Paradise (1945)
D - Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
E - Ecstasy (1933)
F - Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
G - Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
H - Heiress, The (1949)
I - The Invisible Man (1933)
J - Jezebel (1938)
K - Kid, The (1921)
L - Lifeboat (1944)
M - Midnight (1939)
N - Night Train to Munich (1940)
O - On the Town (1949)
P - Panic in the Streets (1950)
Q - Quai des brumes (1938)
R - Rope (1948)
S - Stage Door (1937)
T - Trouble in Paradise (1932)
U - Bringing Up Baby (1938)
V - Visions of Light (Okay, I'm cheating. This is a documentary from the 1992 about cinematography, but they have extensive coverage of classic Hollywood. There's also a Ginger Rogers and Jimmy Stewart movie called Vivacious Lady that's not on R1 DVD and I saw that it was on TCM but this was before I had TCM but my mom's boyfriend did so we recorded it there but her DVR was messed up so it didn't work. So if I had actually seen that movie and enjoyed it, I'd put in here instead. But alas.)
W White Heat (1949)
X Pandora's Box (1928)
Y Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Z Girl Crazy (1943)


Chris said...

I'm doing something similar with my A-Z list of film recommendations om my blog, but not bothering if it has all the letters.

Hope you make an A-Z of more recent titles ( :

Julie said...

Oh, there are more A-Zs coming...but don't be afraid of the classics!

Chris said...

I guess your are right, I am a little freaked out by stuff before 1950.
But as you can see by my "to see list" on my blog, I have some lined up for the future.

I have only seen 'Rope' from your selection here.

I want to see Hitchcock's Lifeboat, love those kind of stories ( : Ever seen the underrated Lifepod (1993)?, excellent movie with a similar theme. Based on Lifeboat (1944)

Julie said...

Yeah, Lifeboat is definitely for the rest, the movies I've compiled in this list are pretty accessible for the most part. Sure, the mannerisms of the time take some getting used to, but the best films are timeless - I saw several Chaplin films in college classes and even though some were over 80 years old, we were still laughing til it hurt.