Broadway

Broadway ★★★

For a film made in 1929, Paul Fejos' Broadway is a technical marvel. In order to combat the static shots typical of early sound films, Fejos developed a special crane that could move the unwieldy camera 600 feet per minute, bringing back the kinetic camera techniques developed during the silent age. 600 feet per minute? Believe me, Fejos needed every foot to traverse the absolutely massive and beautifully designed set featured here - seriously, talk about production design! While the camera was allowed to move free range, this film is still weighed down by a slog of a story. It's stretched out to nearly two hours! Oof. I thought the Technicolor finale would never come, and when it did, it was so washed out that I just wished the film stuck with black and white.