TEN BEST FILMS OF THE 1920s

At this hour on this day, here in order of preference are my choices for the ten best films of the 1920s: 1. BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (Serge M. Eisenstein, U.S.S.R., 1925). One would never guess that Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein heralded from the stage. Thrilling and kinetic, his Battleship Potemkin is purely cinematic.      The film re-creates the […]

TEN BEST FILMS OF THE 1930s

Here, in order of preference, beginning with my favorite, are my choices today of the ten best films of the 1930s: 1. EARTH (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, U.S.S.R., 1930). Cinema’s “poet of the Ukraine,” Aleksandr Dovzhenko, made his lyrical silent Zemlya in response to Eisenstein’s The Old and the New (1929). Selfish peasants—kulaks—resist collectivization. Trying to hold […]