With the Oscars coming up tomorrow, what better way for you to spend part of your Saturday than listening to a friend of mine and I talk about this year’s Best Picture nominees. We discuss their highs, lows, what we think will take home the big award and what we think won’t. There’s time for a few more discussions. Why not make this one of them.
I talk to blogger and silent movie expert Fritzi Kramer about the filmmaking style, the variety of topics it covered, its immersive quality, pre-feature cinema, mainstream Hollywood dramas, the best way for people to get into silent movies, silent actress Pola Negri, and much, much more. You can find Fritzi Kramer at moviessilently.com and on Twitter @MoviesSilently.
It took a while, but we finally reached the end of the 1940s. I’m thankful to say the decade is ending on a good, I might even say fantastic, note. It’s a political drama directed and written by Robert Rossen and starring Broderick Crawford in a role that won him an Oscar for Best Actor. Supposedly based on the life of Louisiana politician Huey Long, All the King’s Men (1949) tells the story of Willie Stark, an idealistic man turned corrupt when he becomes Governor of an unnamed U.S. state. It’s a harsh, hard hitting story that still hits all the right notes, remaining just as relevant as ever. Also nominated for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for John Ireland, Best Supporting Actress for radio veteran but film newcomer Mercedes McCambridge (who ended up taking home the award), and Best Editing for Robert Parrish and Al Clark, this is the Best Picture of 1949.