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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Post (Pochta) (1929) Post matures the animated cartoon as a form, vindicating the charge that Mickey Mouse is rudimentary and inarticulate.‐ Close Up
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
No Score Yet The Eternal Prayer (Ad Mosay) (1929) It is about the worst film ever made, indicating absolutely no knowledge of the cinema, even the most elementary, on the part of the makers.‐ Close Up
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
No Score Yet Rubikon (1931) The film with all its faults, induced by the shifting of photographic treatment and the double-narrative, is a very reputable debut.‐ Close Up
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
No Score Yet Perekop (1929) The film is not simply a picture of warfare. The physical struggle is set amid the conflict of class-interests, giving it its full social import. The film, in brief, is inferential and reflective, at the same time it is muscular in its battle-scenes.‐ Close Up
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
No Score Yet The Spy (1931) A direct invitation to murder Soviet officials.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
No Score Yet Stolen Heaven (1931) Off they go the land of dreams on their 20,000 bucks, and we never are told they are anything but respectable, true to the Hays code, the evangelical bible of the movie.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
No Score Yet Son of the Land (Syn Strany) (1931) The chief significance of A Son of the Land is its proof that the process of the Soviet film is a lively one, seldom deteriorating to beneath its norm, but collecting more and more strength -- producing numerous new talents -- as it moves.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
No Score Yet Tretya meshchanskaya (Bed and Sofa) (1927) Room's social comedy is Russia laughing at herself, letting a tickle out of her new morality.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
No Score Yet Penal Servitude (Katorga) (1928) There is another Russian film which must not be neglected: In Old Siberia. It is not the best, but it is one of the most sensitive, and also lacking in arrogance --which is a proof of Russia's adulthood.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
98% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928) [Jeanne d'Arc] is an historical film, but not a costume film; an historical film that is contemporaneous in its universal references. [It] is a religious film, but not a sanctimonious film. Life, it urges, is transcendent. It is a transcendent film.‐ National Board of Review Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
80% Applause (1929) The two major faults of Mamoulian's film are: there is no sustained rhythmic structure, and there is no sense of speech as abstracted sound.‐ Close Up
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
No Score Yet Salt for Svanetia (1930) Kalatazov has established his point-of-view at once in the bold image and stern grand angles. The film, in these, is related to Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc, but being a film of immediate pathos, [the film] is a structure of greater liquidity.‐ Close Up
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
No Score Yet The Millionaire (1931) The movie is a ritual that purges everything it touches -- purges everything of veracity and sense.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
86% Skippy (1931) Redemption is the keynote of every American film. Bourgeois society is a coupon. Skippy puts its bid across through the popularity of young children as players.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
No Score Yet Caucasian Love (Eliso) (1929) This Russian film is assuredly not a great one, but it is a compelling one.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
No Score Yet The New Babylon (Novyy Vavilon) (1929) The problems and their tangents provoked by The New Babylon could fill a book. That is contribution enough. I urge everyone to examine this detaining film for himself.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
No Score Yet Putyovka v Zhizn (Road to Life) (1931) This, remember, is the first Soviet talkie; Potemkin was not the first Soviet film. And yet Road to Life is for the talkie what Potemkin was, in part, for the mute film -- the fulfillment of a first period.‐ National Board of Review Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
No Score Yet The Silent Enemy (1930) I can think of nothing good to say for this production, unless it be the initiative of the group that made it. The film was made independently by people who had nothing better to do and did that badly.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
82% Abraham Lincoln (1930) The fact that it draws tears is rather against it than for it. The pathos of a tremendous social occurrence should not be refined or lachrymose, but revealing. The social occurrence seldom gets a chance here.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
75% Potomok Chingis-Khana (Storm over Asia) (The Heir to Genghis Khan) (1929) An exciting film, which beats any American audience-film. It makes the boasted dramatic technique of America appear a schoolboy's exercise.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
89% Arsenal (1928) Here we have a Russian film that is not didactic but suggestive... an intensive, agonized, poignant, introspective film, conceived not as realism punctuated by symbols but as sustained symbolism.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
No Score Yet Billy the Kid (1930) It is just another western of "the good bad man" who goes good for a girl, a theme and treatment which dates from the first Broncho Billy.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
79% Zemlya (Earth) (Soil) (1930) It extends the message of collectivism farther into the province of the reflective, whither the film the world over must inherently progress. But in moving to the reflective, it becomes too personal a meditation...‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
80% Gabriel over the White House (1933) The picture Gabriel is cheap, tawdry propaganda but not "pointless."‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
98% All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) All Quiet is constructed with some attention to intervals, to time and even emotional quality. But directorial competence is not enough. The temper is lacking. ‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
94% Shanghai Express (1932) The alibi that the film is 'just melodrama' is puerile. ‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
No Score Yet Numbered Men (1930) Incompetent.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
100% The General Line (Generalnaya liniya) (1929) This film is a film of wit, folk-humour, shrewdness, optimism, clarity and point...‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet Turksib (1929) I have called Turksib an ode. It is more than an ode. It is more than an ode, though it does not become the epic its momentum strives after. This is by no means frustration.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
No Score Yet Journey's End (1930) No one can call this reproduction of a play a moving picture.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
75% The Big House (1930) Dialogue cannot carry the mood, the film as a whole is the vehicle. The accusations therefore remain incidents -- passing and unemphatic. Whatever suggestion of social guilt they contain is dissipated by the events of the story, and their treatment.‐ The New Masses
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019