I can’t even count the number of films where this film is shown on screen to represent a cultural benchmark in a child’s life. This was the film of a lot of people’s childhoods. The way Wizard of Oz is that way for a lot of us. This was the film that was thrilling and exciting for a whole generation of kids. The Spielberg generation. It’s movies like this that got Spielberg to start making movies. I don’t even have to look it up. I know it is.
This was the biggest movie of 1933 and remains one of the most iconic in all of cinema. If anyone was compiling a list of the most iconic shots in all of cinema (which you know this blog is going to attempt to do one of these days), the image from the Pic of the Day would be on it. It’s not even a question.
If you’re looking for a film that defines 1933, you don’t really need to look past this one. (more…)