There’s an anti-war film for every conflict America’s engaged in, but none more so than the anti-war movies created during the Vietnam era. The Americanization of Emily is mixture of genres, blending and lampooning 1940s romance films through comedy, as well as presenting a harsh critique on the glorification of war and US heroism.
It’s probably good I’m scaling the TCM Top’s down to ten, especially this month. I’ll be providing coverage to all things TCM Film Festival starting next week, so being immersed in movies 24/7 is definitely going to put a damper on any TV watching. Luckily, I would hate for those readers at home to not have an idea of what I would be watching if I were at home (where I usually am the remaining 360 days of the year).
A fellow classic film enthusiast lent me her copy of The More the Merrier which I found awesome and coincidental because it was on my TCM Top 12 way back in November. The More the Merrier is another housing shortage film and I can’t seem to get enough of them. Much like Apartment for Peggy, we follow a young couple falling in love alongside a domineering older man who causes personal kerfluffles along the way. The More the Merrier veers a bit too much into improbability in the third act, but the comedic stylings of Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea and Charles Coburn turn this into a frothy romantic adventure you’ll want to move in with!
It’s safe to say I know a lot about Hollywood; whether it’s reviewing movies or, by extension, reviewing movies about the art of making movies there’s no escaping the glittering pool of the silver screen. It could explain the proliferation of behind-the-curtain features I watch. The problem, though, is hitting the pinnacle of the genre and backpedaling to its eventual inspiration. What Price Hollywood? inspired the best of the Hollywood backstage dramas, most especially both versions of A Star is Born. However, it’s hard to watch this story perfected in the latter film because the flaws of What Price Hollywood? are saliently felt.
It’s Film Class Wednesday, folks. (A regular title is still in the planning phase.) The next few weeks see us exploring screwball comedy starting with Trouble in Paradise. My excitement for watching this was high as I’ve heard only amazing things about it and it’s eluded me for awhile. I infamously had it sent via Classicflix where it got lost in the mail. Prophetic? Well, no matter because I’ve watched it and absolutely adored it! This is one I need to purchase (from the Criterion Collection, no less) ASAP, and so should you!