Father of the Bride (1950)

A camera points to the ground, gliding along to show the chaos of a recent event, the ground littered in detritus. Has the house been looted? Is this the scene of a raucous party? The camera stops on a pair of shoes, panning up to introduce the audience to the exhausted Stanley Banks (Spencer Tracy).…

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The 1960s have come represent a decade in turmoil, and that’s true.  With Vietnam, political and racial unrest, it doesn’t appear too far removed from our current times; but in the heart of the sixties, Beatlemania took over and defined the decade.  A Hard Day’s Night was the Beatles’ first movie (they would come to do five),…

The Girl Most Likely (1958)

The liminal threshold between the 1950s and 1960s seems as distinct as to be a literal crevasse between the two decades, and the clearest divide comes through in the cinema separating the two eras. Narrative styles, definitions of romance, and gender weren’t just changing and reforming for the new era, but the old guard of…

Red Headed Woman (1932)

When I first started Journeys in Classic Film I was immediately drawn to the work of pre-Code star Jean Harlow. (It helped that I’d received a box set of her films for Christmas, too.) But, just five years ago, access to classic cinema was more limited than it is now, and I ended up having…