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RE: The Empire Forum's 50 Greatest PSYCHOLOGICAL DRAMAS - 19/6/2012 4:55:05 PM   

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1. The Crowd (1928)
This is King Vidor's silent masterpiece, in which he turns a cynical eye towards the embodiment of the American Dream.
An interesting look into the darkside of the American dream. It starts of quite fun but things turn rather bleak. Good acting from the leads as well. Brilliant ending. - Beetlejuice!
The pinnacle of director King Vidor's extraordinary career. Though he could turn his hand to glossy tearjerkers (The Champ), action adventure (Northwest Passage) and even big-budget studio filth (Duel in the Sun), he was at his best fashioning erudite social polemics loaded with potent symbolism and laced with irony. That could be in the guise of romantic drama (H.M. Pulham, Esq.) or groundbreaking musical (Hallelujah!), but equally as flat-out propaganda: Our Daily Bread, one of the most startlingly left-wing films ever to emerge from America, drew allegations of communism. A sequel to The Crowd, it's essentially a manual for communal farming, with some tedious melodrama slapped onto the side. The Crowd itself was made during the silent movie's last hurrah - that glorious two year stretch during which Vidor, Murnau, Lang and Lubitsch steadfastly ignored the march of time and of the talkie, creating the sorts of spellbinding, dazzlingly cinematic, technically astounding films the heavy sound-enabled cameras were about to render impossible - at least until Mamoulian's Love Me Tonight. Vidor's film tells the simple story of a young married couple, the American Dream in human form, who fall but rise again during the Great Depression. A flop on release, it's now among the most treasured and admired of all American films, and with good reason. Tragic leading man James Murray is simply spellbinding as John Sims, who's trying to beat the crowd - the vast throngs of identikit workers milling around the metropolis - but finds his work ethic can't match his ambition. Eleanor Boardman is heartbreaking as his wife, who sticks by John even as her family, and the wider world, seeks to bring him down. It's a desperately sad film, but stunningly effective, with Vidor's expressionistic style rendering timeless the realistic story. - rick_7
I've only seen it a couple of times because I find it a bit of a trial - I can't say Vidor particularly impresses me as a director. But as a political work, it's certainly interesting. - elab49
I think the best compliment I can give it is that normally I find with silent films that either the pacing of the film or the soundtrack will make parts of it a slog to get through. In fact, as much as I do really like what I have seen from silent cinema, it is only really with the slapstick comedies and the student prince in old Heidelberg that I havent had this problem somewhere. The Crowd though has joined that list. There is just something so charming about both of the two leads that makes the build up of the relationship such easy viewing, and is what makes the second half of the film so heartbreaking.  - TRM

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RE: The Empire Forum's 50 Greatest PSYCHOLOGICAL DRAMAS - 19/6/2012 5:03:50 PM   

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The Forum's 50 Greatest Psychological Dramas
  1. The Crowd (1928)
  2. Taxi Driver (1976)
  3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  4. Ikiru (1952)
  5. Three Colours: Red (1994)
  6. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  7. The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
  8. The Green Ray (1986)
  9. Fight Club (1999)
  10. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
  11. Oldboy (2003)
  12. Three Colours: Blue (1993)
  13. Bigger Than Life (1956)
  14. Belle de Jour (1967)
  15. Naked (1993)
  16. The Conformist (1970)
  17. Chinatown (1974)
  18. The Wrestler (2008)
  19. Persona (1966)
  20. Wild Strawberries (1957)
  21. The Crying Game (1992)
  22. The Hustler (1961)
  23. The Truman Show (1998)
  24. The Dresser (1983)
  25. The Seventh Seal (1957)
  26. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  27. Donnie Darko (2001)
  28. Breaking the Waves (1996)
  29. The Social Network (2010)
  30. The Insider (1999)
  31. Lady Vengeance (2005)
  32. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
  33. Autumn Sonata (1978)
  34. 8 1/2 (1963)
  35. The Constant Gardener (2005)
  36. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
  37. The Sea Inside (2002)
  38. L'Avventura (1960)
  39. Magnolia (1999)
  40. A Single Man (2009)
  41. Good Will Hunting (1997)
  42. The Blue Angel (1930)
  43. Safe (1995)
  44. The Rules of the Game (1939)
  45. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  46. Gran Torino (2008)
  47. Synecdoche, New York (2008)
  48. The Kite Runner (2007)
  49. Breathless (1960)
  50. Falling Down (1993)

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RE: The Empire Forum's 50 Greatest PSYCHOLOGICAL DRAMAS - 15/6/2014 6:57:04 PM   


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The Red Squirrel would have been perfect on this list.

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