Tuesday, January 2, 2024

best classic movie viewings 2023

I watched 254 movies in 2023. Some first-time watched and some re-watches.

The most pleasant surprises among the first time classic movie watches were:

Hangman’s Knot (1952) written and directed by Roy Huggins. Randolph Scott is excellent as always. He's stolen a gold shipment but it's much more complicated than that.

Ernst Lubitsch's wild crazy visually flamboyant 1921 silent comedy/romance The Wildcat (Die Bergkatze) starring the one and only Pola Negri.

Of the re-watches the standouts were:

The Beast of the City (1932), an extraordinarily hard-hitting gangster movie with a cop hero who is as brutal as the worst gangster. Based on a story by W. R. Burnett and stars Walter Huston and Jean Harlow.

Raw Deal (1948), the most admired of Anthony Mann’s films noirs, and with good reason.

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