I knew this story already from a devastating Disney short from a few years ago, and this one is also devastating. Very good use of superimposed images to show the poor matchgirl's dreams, as well as the final outcome. Use of subtle trickery for a narrative purpose seems to be a specialty of the British filmmakers of the time.
The print of this on Youtube is GORGEOUSLY hand-painted. The story is a thief stealing something from Ali Baba and then getting caught, I think (I kind of lost track of the narrative toward the end), but with lots of interludes for lavish caravans and pretty ladies dancing. More beautiful than actually good, I think, but it's very nice to look at for ten minutes.
I figured I'd go ahead and watch this before The Avengers comes out, since I had missed it in theatres the year it came out. "Missed" isn't the right word. I heard bad things about it and opted not to go. And yeah, this movie is pretty boring, especially for an action movie. There are only like two and a half actual action scenes in it.
The first hour or so I was kind of bored stiff - there were…
Week 2: 1930s Musicals
Challenge: Watch an unseen 1930s musical.
We're totally in my wheelhouse doing 1930s musicals, so much so that I had to go much more obscure than the Fred/Ginger and Busby Berkeley films many other Challengers are doing (though if you haven't seen those, that's absolutely the way to go). Instead I went for a Pre-Code Lubitsch/Chevalier musical…