Saturday, March 13, 2010

#38. The crowd (1928)

In detail: IMDB Wikipedia 
Watched: 1
Remained: 1000 to go
Days: 1
Watched on: Monday, March 8th, 2010
Place: You don't want to know

If you think that I'm going to start with the first movie and move straight forward from there to the last one, you have another think coming. Basically, it would be terribly boring (an entire month of 60's experimental films, anyone?). Besides that, it is difficult to watch a movie if you are not in the "right mood". Who wants to watch a tragedy when you are happy and at peace with the world? I not only aspire to watch the 1001 films, I also want to have some fun in the process. That being said, let's start with our first movie, the number 38 on the list: The Crowd by King Vidor.

Now that we are living in a world where a lot of movies about the everyday life are being made every year, it is a little hard to imagine the ruckus that this movie caused at the time. Its own director labeled it as "experimental cinema". My general impression is very good. It's almost a documentary about the daily routine and the stress of modern life. People praise the expressionist scene of James Murray after the accident but I prefer the little scenes at home (like the one with the cupboard). I think that they more than anything show the worn out of a relationship due to routine.

Not a bad a way to start...

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