Ernst Lubitsch, Repost

Ernst Lubitsch: A Retrospective

There are directors who were huge in their day but just end up falling out of the collective consciousness over time. I have a theory that those that tend to last the longest in the minds of film fans over decades after their death are the ones most influenced by German Expressionism (Fritz Lang, Alfred… Continue reading Ernst Lubitsch: A Retrospective

Best Picture Winner, Repost

The First Quarter Century of the Best Picture Oscar

In May of 1927, in an effort to head off unionization efforts in Hollywood, MGM executive Louis B. Mayer set up the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Within a year, the organization was arranging its first annual award presentation to honor the talent in front of and behind the camera. As Mayer later… Continue reading The First Quarter Century of the Best Picture Oscar