The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, 1919)

. Director: Robert Wiene Screenwriters: Hans Janowitz, Carl Mayer By Roderick Heath Imagine what it must have been like, to be someone who just bought a ticket to see The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari way back in 1919. Perhaps some ex-soldier just back from the abandoned trenches, curious to see that crazy new film someone …

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Hell’s Angels (1930)

Directors: Howard Hughes, James Whale, Edmund Goulding By Roderick Heath Few movie productions can be described as legendary events, but the making of Hell’s Angels has surely achieved that status. This mythologising reached its zenith with Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (2004), which documented the extraordinary dash and cash expended on Howard Hughes’ colossal industry-crashing project. …

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War Horse (2011)

Director: Steven Spielberg By Roderick Heath There’s something oddly enigmatic about Spielberg’s War Horse as a project—enigmatic because it seems so obvious. It’s an epic, old-fashioned weepie from Steven Spielberg, what needs explaining about that? Therein lies some of the confusion: hasn’t Spielberg spent much of the last decade or so running away from that …

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King & Country (1964)

Director: Joseph Losey By Roderick Heath In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a major tonal shift manifested in cinematic approaches to tales of conflict and warfare. This is especially discernable in those films made in Britain, where the film industry had been sustained through much of the ’50s by high-flying entertainments celebrating the victories …

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