Bonnie & Clyde: Cinematic Perfection

“I‘m Clyde Barrow. And this is Bonnie Parker. We rob banks.” This line comes early in Bonnie & Clyde, and though short, though obvious, it has a surprising amount to say about the film. Bonnie, impressed by Clyde’s impromptu hold-up of a general store, has agreed to accompany Clyde wherever he decides to go, and they’ve just...

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King Kong (1933)

[Chris Edwards, who writes extensively about silent films on his blog, Silent Volume, has written the following review of King Kong. To see the full programme click on the Dirty Thirties header image above.] “You’ll have to think of a lotta new adjectives when I get back!” That’s Carl Denham’s promise as he storms out of a business meeting and into the...

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Review: Public Enemies

“I‘m John Dillinger.” Johnny Depp matter-of-factly presents himself to would-be girlfriend Billie Frechette early on in Michael Mann’s new up close biography on the infamous American gangster. Later, he elaborates, “I rob banks. I like baseball, movies, good clothes, fast cars. And you.” And there is Public Enemies in a...

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42nd Street and Gold Diggers of 1933

Most musicals and comedies made during the 1930s were escapist fluff, meant to take audiences’ minds away from the troubles of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl for a couple of hours of music and laughter. Fred and Ginger’s dancing at RKO, Bing Crosby’s singing at Paramount, MGM’s Broadway Melody series, the screwball comedies of...

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Road to Perdition

Row Three has been a hotbed for discussion on the merits of graphic novels as source material for film projects, with a palpable tension between those who write for the site and those who comment on it. One of the films that is often brought up as an example of successful adaptation in this vein is Road to Perdition, a film that coincidentally was voted by...

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Modern Times (1936)

[Chris Edwards, who writes extensively about silent films on his blog, Silent Volume, has written the following review of Modern Times. Anyone else wishing to have their marathon reviews published on Row Three may kindly send them my way for consideration. To see the full programme click on the Dirty Thirties header image above.] Charlie Chaplin was the Tramp...

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Miller’s Crossing: What’s the Rumpus?

Miller’s Crossing The reputation of Miller’s Crossing precedes it here on Row Three where virtually everything the Coen Brothers do is canonized as quip-worthy gold. This marathon is an curious endurance test for me on the one hand as I am seeing films by directors that I am, shall we say, less enthusiastic about than most, yet for each, whether Sam...

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The Untouchables

This first film of the marathon sets us amidst the gang warfare of prohibition-era Chicago in what is perhaps one of the most widely seen movies on our list: Brian DePalma’s The Untouchables. If you are in your thirties or older you more than likely saw The Untouchables when it came out in 1987, it was to the 80′s what Pulp Fiction was to the 90′s,...

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The Dirty Thirties Movie Marathon

FEATURING: John Ford. Frank Capra. Howard Hawks. Sergio Leone. The Coen Brothers. Hal Ashby. Steven Soderbergh. Sydney Pollack. Preston Sturges. Robert Altman. Sam Mendes. Charlie Chaplin. Michael Mann. Brian DePalma. Hungry and spent during the Dirty Thirties: this is an American story. A stetson hat, a cup of joe, the dust bowl and the stock market crash, the...

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