Friday, August 17, 2012

Best Cinematography: 1930s

1930: Earth (Daniil Demutsky)
Oscar winner: With Byrd at the South Pole ('29/'30)
Was this film nominated?: No

1931: M (Fritz Arno Wagner)
Oscar winner: Tabu: A Story of the South Seas ('30/'31)
Was this film nominated?: No

1932: Wooden Crosses (Jules Kruger & RenĂ© Ribault)
Oscar winner: Shanghai Express ('31/'32)
Was this film nominated?: No

1933: The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Karl Vash & Fritz Arno Wagner)
Oscar winner: A Farewell to Arms ('32/'33)
Was this film nominated?: No

1934: L'Atalante (Jean-Paul Alphen, Louis Berger, Boris Kaufman)
Oscar winner: Cleopatra
Was this film nominated?: No

1935: The 39 Steps (Bernard Knowles)
Oscar winner: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Was this film nominated?: No

1936: Modern Times (Ira Morgan & Rollie Totheroh)
Oscar winner: Anthony Adverse
Was this film nominated?: No

1937: Lost Horizon (Joseph Walker)
Oscar winner: The Good Earth
Was this film nominated?: No

1938: Grand Illusion (Christian Matras)
Oscar winner: The Great Waltz
Was this film nominated?: No

1939: Gone with the Wind (Ernest Haller & Ray Rennahan)
Oscar winner: Gone with the Wind (Color),
Wuthering Heights (B&W)

Updated: 9/5/14

14 comments:

  1. YAY! I'm so excited to see the rest. I especially LOVE the M, Thin Man and 39 Steps mentions.

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    1. Thanks! Looking forward to doing more of them.

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  2. got to say the 30s and 40s have to be the hardest years for this series. are you going to make like the academy and split colour and b&w?

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    1. Good question. The Academy did that from 1939-56 and from 1958-66. I could do that, but it didn't cross my mind. If I do it, I can update this post with a b&w pick for 1939. What do you think? Should I do both?

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    2. By the way, I just noticed that I haven't seen enough color films from the 40s to do both, but I could do both from 1950-56 and 1958-66.

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    3. Thats what i was going to say actually.
      And hardest because the cinematography was if such a high quality

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    4. I wouldn't separate personally...I think if the cinematography is strong enough to stand on its own then it should compete against all others regardless of color. But that's just me.

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    5. @Toby: Just to clarify: what were you going to say? That it'd be too hard to do both, so I should do one? Or that I should do both for the 50s and 60s?

      @Fisti: I agree. If I were to do both, I'd indicate which was my overall pick. That way you'd know what my sole winner would be.

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  3. Great post! I love the screenshots you selected. I've seen a few of the movies on your list, and I want to see the rest, especially M and The Grand Illusion.

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    1. Thanks! Ooh, M and Grand Illusion are terrific.

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  4. I watched Modern Times the other day, that's a great comedy right there. I'm interested in tracking down M (1931),I keep seeing it crop up on lists.

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    1. Totally agree on Modern Times. Ooh, you should definitely give M (1931) a look Chris. I rewatched it recently, and it's fantastic.

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  5. Awesome post, so glad you chose cinematography as your next series. And great picks here. M... shit man, that film is bloody gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks. We obviously agree on M. :)

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