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A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1943 – The Ox-Bow Incident

“My marriage, or as it was known, ‘The Oxbow Incident’.”

The fact that Woody Allen was doing standup about this movie and people immediately knew what he was talking about over 20 years later is, in my mind, all the validation I need for this one.

And I’m sure there’s some other shit too.

1943 is made slightly more difficult because the film that won Best Picture is a film that came out the year before (and one we talked about already. Yesterday). Outside of that, you’re left with a pretty uninspiring group of films. There are a lot of good ones there, but nothing stands out as, “Wow, that’s the one.” A lot of them are films that deal with the war in some way. Or they’re big classy films like For Whom the Bell Tolls. There’s not too much that stands out as being “the choice” for the year.

Except this one, really. This one stands out for a lot of reasons. Read the rest of this page »

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A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1942 – Casablanca

Casablanca.

I probably could just end the article there, but, these stupid rules I’ve imposed upon myself prevent me from doing so.

It’s one of the greatest movies ever made, everyone will tell you so. One of the most quotable movies of all time. The list goes on and on. It’s the only choice for 1942.

So now… what are we going to talk about? Read the rest of this page »

A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1941 – Citizen Kane

Today and tomorrow are going to be two of the easiest articles I’ve ever written.

I’m making a list of the films I feel are the most iconic films of the year they came out.

This year is 1941.

Citizen Kane came out in 1941.

The end.

I really should end my article here, but I promised I’d at least try to write something. So let’s see what I can come up with for this one. Read the rest of this page »

A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1940 – The Grapes of Wrath

1940 can be a very simple or very difficult year depending on how much thought you want to put into it.

There are a bunch of choices you can rationalize as being the choice. The Great Dictator? Sure. Only I already did Chaplin and wouldn’t have much to add to that article. The Philadelphia Story? Sure. If you like. But I don’t think that represents 1940. Rebecca? Great movie. Won Best Picture. But doesn’t represent the year. Fantasia? Pinocchio? I guess you could. But we already did Disney, and Fantasia was a flop when it came out.

The film that manages to hit all the right notes for me is this one. The Grapes of Wrath is an American classic. Both as a film and a novel. It was one of the biggest moneymakers of 1940, and has remained as one of the greatest films ever made. Read the rest of this page »

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