Film addict with a lot of opinions. Always searching for a new favorite. Four featured films rotated monthly.
To start a film with a Carl Panzram quote is to promptly conjure up images of torture, murder, and overall unpleasantness, and that’s exactly what Schramm achieves - and then some! This is the first film in my 2021 Hooptober marathon that made me avert my gaze.
After a tumble from a ladder, sadistic perverted killer Lothar Schramm (played by a future producer of arthouse mainstay Christian Petzold) sees his life flash before his eyes, his cracked skull and injured…
Since I watched the silent 1920 version of this story for a previous Hooptober, I may as well keep up the trend! Apparently Fredric March was anxious about the big, monstrous shoes he’d be filling as Jekyll and Hyde, as John Barrymore had found previous success doing so. March was in good hands, thankfully, and his Best Actor win was well-deserved; what a terrifying powerhouse performance, nailing the virtuous, tortured Jekyll and the predatory, cruel Hyde. The transformation scenes are…
Week 1: Actor - Lillian Gish
Choosing between Lillian Gish and Mary Pickford to kick off FSDO 2018 was an easy choice for me. Nothing against Pickford at all, but I’ve been impressed by Gish’s monumental career (75 years on stage and in films) and curious to dive into her filmography since I got into film in the first place.
My copy of The Wind starts with an introduction by Gish herself,…