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1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (1930's)

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People who added this item 326 Average listal rating (182 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7


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Notes: To be honest, even though some older movies are still considered as classics, in fact, they feel rather dated and I’m not always a fan of them (especially comedies like ‘Some Like It Hot’ or ’Breakfast at Tiffany's’). However, some other movies are still as powerful as when they were released decades ago and this movie was definitely one of those. Basically, it is one of the first great war movies and the whole thing was quite impressive to behold. Indeed, it was just terribly realistic and greatly done and even though this flick was very old, I thought the whole thing was still completely spellbinding. It gives such a bleak view on the concept of war and, as a result, this movie belongs to the great anti-war features. I also liked the fact that it didn’t focus on a single character, there is no hero here and that’s the best way to deal with this subject because, in a war, it is never about the individual but always about the group.
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People who added this item 373 Average listal rating (220 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.3


Notes: To be honest, it has been ages since I have seen this flick and I should probably re-watch it at some point. After his first surreal experiment with Salvador Dali with ‘Un chien andalou’, Luis Buñuel was this time working on his own but he still managed to deliver another surrealist cult-classic and, from this point, Buñuel would be the master of the genre through his whole career. At least, this movie had some kind of a plot but it was hardly what Buñuel cared about. Indeed, the whole thing was pretty much a succession of really weird and sometimes pretty messed up scenes and it is hard to imagine a major director trying to bring up something like this nowadays. David Lynch might be the most obvious exception but the fact that he has stopped making movies for already more than a decade shows how hard it is, even impossible, to make something truly surreal in the current movie business. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, even though it might be an acquired taste, I thought it was quite fascinating to behold.
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People who added this item 180 Average listal rating (87 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Earth (1930)


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People who added this item 245 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Little Caesar (1931)


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People who added this item 127 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5


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People who added this item 100 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Limit (1931)


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People who added this item 201 Average listal rating (93 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Tabu (1931)


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People who added this item 1310 Average listal rating (818 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.5
City Lights (1931)


Notes: To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this movie, like all the major masterpieces directed by Charles Chaplin, I should definitely re-watch it at some point. Anyway, I have noticed that, according to IMDb, this movie is supposed to be the best one delivered by this great master but I personally prefer 'Modern Times' and 'The Great Dictator' because I believe they are socially and historically more relevant than this movie which I considered as merely a romantic comedy. Back then, Chaplin was apparently facing some extreme pressure to make the film as a talkie, but his popularity and power in Hollywood were such that he was able to release the film as a silent feature (with recorded music though) at a time when the rest of the American motion picture industry had converted to sound. Just a moment ago, I mentioned that it was merely a romantic comedy but I should add that it is also probably one of the very best one in this genre though. Indeed, it is funny, beautiful and really poetic.
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People who added this item 932 Average listal rating (587 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Dracula (1931)


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People who added this item 1057 Average listal rating (632 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Frankenstein (1931)


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People who added this item 340 Average listal rating (198 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7


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People who added this item 1483 Average listal rating (829 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
M (1931)


Notes: This flick is just a massive masterpiece and it really blew me away the first time I saw it. Basically, in my opinion, it is the ultimate psychopath movie and during the last 80 years(!), they have tried to improve the formula but they never improved on the blue print developped in this feature. The funny thing is that I have always been a little bit dismissive towards the serial killer sub-genre. Indeed, most of them, even such massive classics like ‘The Silence of The Lambs’ and ‘Seven’, are so far-fetched, so over the top, I always have a hard time to really connect with them. This one is different though. Indeed, there are no chases, no shootings, no explosions like you see in your typical US thriller. What you have instead is just a frightening and fascinating psychological study of a sick mind and I thought it was much more interesting to behold. Anyway, to conclude, I think it is a great flick.
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People who added this item 424 Average listal rating (231 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
Vampyr (1932)


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People who added this item 132 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3


Notes: Since Jean Renoir is one of the best French directors ever, I was really curious to check out this flick. It also stars Michel Simon who was back then the best actor in France. Eventually, I thought it was pretty good but not Renoir's best work though. Indeed, in my opinion, the story was a little too simplistic, there was no plot and there were only a few characters developped. I know that many people would said that it is actually the strength of this movie and because it is simple that is why it is so great but I wasn't really blown away by the whole thing. The acting was fine though above all from Michel Simon who was quite hilarious. Eventually, the best thing about this movie was how relevant it is though, even 90 years after it was made. Indeed, the different attitudes of people coming from different social classes, the way norm and values dictate our behavior, it was really spot on here in this movie.
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People who added this item 118 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6


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People who added this item 222 Average listal rating (107 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3


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People who added this item 228 Average listal rating (129 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8


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People who added this item 514 Average listal rating (293 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Scarface (1932)


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People who added this item 1027 Average listal rating (599 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Freaks (1932)


Notes: I have to admit that I was quite blown away by the damned thing. Seriously, I had never seen anything like this before and, while watching this movie, I was really wondering why they never made more movies about this subject. The problem, if they would make a similar movie nowadays, if it would be fake, it wouldn’t really work but, if it would be for real, then most people would be probably outraged by the damned thing. Basically, this movie was made more than 80 years ago, when the technical side was maybe not as elaborate as it is today but, on the other hand, there were no real ‘rules’ or actual censorship so the movie makers could still make pretty much whatever they wanted and get away with anything without much trouble. Coming back to our main feature, after all these years, it is still a really weird movie but, somehow, I think its 'weirdness' was actually positive, in spite of its controversial subject.
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People who added this item 232 Average listal rating (113 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
42nd Street (1933)


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People who added this item 110 Average listal rating (48 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6


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People who added this item 150 Average listal rating (80 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.3


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People who added this item 746 Average listal rating (494 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
Duck Soup (1933)


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People who added this item 200 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.3


Notes: Jean Vigo is one of these mythic movie directors who managed to deliver only one masterpiece (‘L’atalante’) before dying very young. Vigo did also manage to direct a few shorts and this one is probably the most famous one. Well, to beginning with, I just loved this title. I mean, even though this movie was made 60 years before I myself went to junior high-school in France, I completely could identify myself with these kids who felt completely misunderstood by the school and by the establishment in general. In their case, it was actually much worse though since, at least, I didn’t have to sleep there. This movie also displayed the unrest and melancholy that you can experience at this age, when you start to realize that your games are becoming childish and that you discover that the grown-ups around you are not so great after all. So, the approach was definitely quite realistic and I’m pretty sure that this movie must have been a major inspiration for François Truffaut when he made ‘Les quatre cents coups’ 25 years later. However, in spite of Vigo’s realistic approach, there was also a few seriously surrealist moments, the kind of wild combination you would see only back then when they were still experimenting on how to make a movie and these few surrealist bits made the whole thing even more unique and even quite poetic.
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People who added this item 160 Average listal rating (81 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8


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People who added this item 1228 Average listal rating (778 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
King Kong (1933)


Notes: Well, to be honest, it was after all a rather silly story (the fact that I had seen before so many remakes and rip-offs of course didn’t help). Another thing that slightly bothered me was that the damned thing turned out to be such a scream party. Seriously, from the moment Kong finally showed up, it was pretty much a non-stop screaming contest, especially from Fay Wray who basically spent half of the movie screaming her lungs out. Still, there is no denying that this movie was such a huge milestone in movie making history and the general silliness was compensated by some massive ambition. In fact, it might be one of the most ambitious movies I have seen. Especially visually speaking, I was expecting to see an old and clumsy movie but, eventually, I was just impressed by how awesome the whole thing actually looked, even 90 years after its release. Furthermore, as I mentioned before, this movie was also a huge milestone as it was obviously a precursor for all the monsters movies that came afterwards but it was also a huge inspiration for all the bombastic blockbusters that came decades later such as ‘Jurassic Park’ or even the ‘Tranformers’ franchise. To conclude, it is quite fascinating that, even if this movie was basically a B monster with a rather silly plot, eventually, it still did end up being one of the most influential movies ever made.
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People who added this item 154 Average listal rating (88 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4


Notes: First of all, it has been ages since I saw this flick and, to be honest, I have to admit that I don’t remember much about it. In my opinion, it is one of these rather obscure movies that could and/or should be removed from this list. I mean, sure, it is a decent early Buñuel, no doubt about it, but if it would have directed by someone else, I’m pretty sure it would have been completely forgotten by now. Still, it’s interesting that Buñuel would start his career with a hyper-realistic documentary when he will be eventually known as one of the most surrealist directors that ever worked. Anyway, the stuff displayed in this documentary was actually pretty extreme and, somehow, you might hope it was some kind of dark mockumentary but it was apparently the real deal (in fact, this movie was even banned in Spain from 1933 until 1936). Anyway, even if I wouldn’t call it a movie that you have to see at all costs, it was still a decent watch.
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People who added this item 163 Average listal rating (105 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6


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People who added this item 202 Average listal rating (95 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6


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People who added this item 124 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
It's a Gift (1934)


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People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.7


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People who added this item 876 Average listal rating (549 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1


Notes: Since it is such a classic, I really had to watch this movie at some point. Eventually, I ended up with some mixed feelings. Indeed, it is now almost 90 years old, it has obviously become a blueprint for all the romantic comedies that came afterwards and, therefore, it definitely deserves some respect. On the other hand, I can't say I was blown away by the whole thing. Indeed, I did enjoy it and I thought it was entertaining but that's about it, I'm afraid. I mean, Clark Gable was damned charming and provided a decent performance but, honestly, I didn't care much about the story or the characters involved. With the old classics, it can go either way in my opinion. For example, 'Citizen Kane' remains a tremendous and fascinating picture even 70 years after being released but some other movies like this one while they were great when they came out, kind of lost a little bit of their glory after all those years. Of course, it is a matter of taste and some viewers are still huge fans of this movie.
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People who added this item 393 Average listal rating (208 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
L'Atalante (1934)


Notes: Well, even though I really enjoyed this movie, it didn’t have the same impact ‘Zéro de conduite’ had on me. Basically, I was immediately able to relate with his famous short as it was dealing with some rascals in a French junior school. Indeed, it felt so recognizable even if the damned thing had been shot 60 years before I went to such a school myself. Eventually, connecting with these few characters living in a barge was not so obvious, at least, to me. Furthermore, even though this movie has been pretty much universally praised as being a masterpiece, I think it was pretty obvious that it was Vigo’s directing debut as his characters were still barely developed. I mean, we do get slightly more information about Jules (apparently, the guy had been all around the world) and this character was unsurprisingly the most interesting of the bunch. The fact that Michel Simon, most likely the best French actor at the time, delivered another really strong performance probably did help as well. Still, there is no denying that Vigo had a unique directing style and the damned was quite spellbinding to behold. Indeed, it might seem a rather quaint love story but the fact that it takes place on a raggedy even rather filthy barge was quite striking and actually really poetic.
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People who added this item 253 Average listal rating (136 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7
The Black Cat (1934)


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People who added this item 337 Average listal rating (204 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Thin Man (1934)


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People who added this item 319 Average listal rating (168 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3


Notes: Basically, it is one of those classics I knew I should watch at some point but I kept postponing it indefinitely since I was pretty sure I would have a hard time to care for the whole thing. And, indeed, If you are a real movie buff, you have to watch this movie at some point but, man, it remains a tough watch though... I mean, I have to admit it, it was pretty impressive from a technical point of view and it has a huge historical value but it is also seriously boring and quite sickening to behold. Basically, half of the movie is about Adolf and his demented buddies making some dreadful speeches and the other half is about some endless marches involving 1000’s and 1000’s of fanatics in uniform. Like I said before, it was quite groundbreaking at the time and you can imagine that Leni Riefenstahl couldn't resist the temptation of making such a huge production with a virtually limitless budget so she did some pretty impressive stuff visually speaking making the most notorious propaganda feature ever conceived. Still, I felt pretty sick during most of the duration and even their uplifting music couldn’t cheer me up.
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People who added this item 274 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7


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People who added this item 723 Average listal rating (455 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
The 39 Steps (1935)


Notes: I must confess, I'm not a huge fan of his very old British features. I mean, they are old pretty good and entertaining, that's for sure, but except for 'The Lady Vanishes' which really impressed me, none of them actually blew me away and this movie was not an exception. It seems that it is a very popular story since it has been adapted 4 times already and, apparently, this version is the most acclaimed one. Basically, it is one of those many British spy movies Hitchcock made back in those days and even though I enjoyed it, I couldn't shake the thought that he was still rehearsing before creating all his masterpieces he made in the 40's and the 50's. Still, this movie is considered as a major British film of its time so I might re-watch it at some point in the future to make up my mind for good. Anyway, even though it didn't really blow me away, it is still a very entertaining vintage spy feature.
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People who added this item 433 Average listal rating (277 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9


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People who added this item 763 Average listal rating (449 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8


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People who added this item 230 Average listal rating (147 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Captain Blood (1935)


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People who added this item 322 Average listal rating (186 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Top Hat (1935)


Notes: Even if it turned out to be a decent watch, I have to admit that I had a rather hard time to really care about the damned thing. I mean, sure, with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers involved, there were obviously some very good dancing scenes, the songs were not bad and there were even some funny dialogues here and there. Unfortunately, even though I am well aware that it is inherent to the genre, I thought that the story was really fluffy. On top of that, I always get rather bored when a romantic comedy is solely based on a misunderstanding as it is must be one of the most tedious and overused gimmicks in this genre. Anyway, it is pretty obvious that this movie didn’t really work for me but I have to admit that it was actually a very well made feature and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.
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People who added this item 53 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1


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People who added this item 1834 Average listal rating (1179 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.5
Modern Times (1936)


Notes: By now, I have seen all the movies directed by Charles Chaplin and, even though I really love 'The Great Dictator', this movie remains hands down my favorite Chaplin feature. Indeed, even as a kid, I saw the damned thing many times and, already at the time, I thought it was completely marvelous. In my opinion, with this movie, Chaplin managed to find the perfect balance between the funny bits with his usual awesome slapstick, the poetry and also the social relevancy. Back then, sound had already been invented for a while but Chaplin was still perfecting his own brand of movie, using sound only sporadically but the end-result was just tremendous, resulting in a movie completely entertaining and spellbinding to watch. Like I said before, I was very young when I watched it the first time, I really loved it and I think it is a great way to introduce movies to children, instead of the usual animated features.
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People who added this item 227 Average listal rating (137 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
Swing Time (1936)


Notes: First of all, to be honest, I have to admit that I have never been a huge musical fan. As a matter of fact, I recently saw ‘La La Land’ and even though , it was a big critical and commercial success, I still had a hard time to care about the damned thing. Well, coming back to our main feature, since it is a huge classic, I still had to watch it at some point. Well, even though I usually prefer Gene Kelly, I must admit that Fred Astaire was really awesome in this flick. Indeed, together with Ginger Rogers, they had some great chemistry and they gave some really strong dance scenes here. Furthermore, I laughed a few times, above all thanks to the supporting cast which was pretty good. Still, even though I'm well aware that it is inherent to the genre, the plot was just so silly and frivolous and I really had a hard time to care about the story and the characters involved. Still, it is and remains a classic and it is definitely worth a look
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People who added this item 310 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9


Notes: Basically, it is one of those big classics from the 1930's and, to be honest, I’m not really a huge fan of this genre and I had a rather hard time to really care about the whole thing. Indeed, they just don’t make movies like this anymore, such whimsical tales taking place in some idyllic version of the USA. The lead man, this time very well played by Gary Cooper, is completely flawless and virtuous and towards the end, everything is solved and it is as if all the problems in the world have been solved at once. Basically, it is all cute and charming but I guess I’m just too cynical for this material and, on top of that, I actually first saw the really weak and underwhelming remake starring Adam Sandler and that might have ruined this story for me. I have to admit that it was still a sweet and cute tale and thanks to the actors involved, it was still entertaining. Anyway, even though I wasn’t completely blown away by the whole thing, it was still a decent watch.
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People who added this item 299 Average listal rating (191 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8


Notes: To be honest, I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of such classic screwball comedies. Indeed, even though some of them are still really popular, in my opinion, they usually didn't grow old very well. However, this movie was actually an exception and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Obviously, it had all the trademarks of the genre but, even though it might seem really frivolous like the other movies in the genre, I thought it was actually quite sharp and so much satiric. Indeed, in such movies, we are supposed to care about the so-called difficult life of the Rich or Aristocrats but, here, they were all portrayed are completely hysterical and seriously dim-witted and the homeless seemed to be much more sensible. I also liked the idea that if we stopped complaining about our little problems and simply gave the people in need a chance, they would actually grab it with both hands. To be honest, I think it would have better worked if Godfrey didn't come from the same social class as his 'masters' and I didn't care much for the ending which was some typical screwball silly nonsense. Still, I really enjoyed this movie though.
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