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I'm happy that most of my writing now ties to projects, but I still wanted the opportunity to review a whole bunch of odd films that tie to an overt theme. I thought a lot about how I could accomplish that and remembered how much I'd enjoyed my Charlie Chaplin Centennial project in 2014.
So how about the idea of celebrating the centennials of other key players in the movie industry, not just actors but directors, producers and writers, along with anyone else who might have made a substantial impact and deserves to be remembered?
I thought about other criteria I should hold the project to. Beyond remembering people who were notable within the industry, I decided to do so by reviewing a film in their career that was interesting, at least mildly obscure and which (with rare exceptions) I hadn't already reviewed at Apocalypse Later Reviews. I also wanted the titles to be suitably diverse by era and genre.
I did my homework and found 35 such people, two of whom I was surprised to find were still alive: Olivia de Havilland and Kirk Douglas. So there was my list for the year and I planned to post each review on what would have been (or actually would be) the 100th birthday of the person I was remembering. If I kept up to that schedule, I'd have a book at the end of the year and be ready to move onto 1917.
I enjoyed the project immediately and only gradually realised that I'd picked a set of films that also served to illustrate a variety of little chapters of film history like lavender marriages, the Communist witch-hunts and the birth of 3D, not to mention the treatment of actors of colour during the golden era. As the year progressed, the book felt more substantial as a whole than I had initially expected it would and this certainly played into my choices for the 1917 sequel.
To read the reviews here, just click on the posters below or the titles below them. These reviews also interlink if you want to read through them in order.
The Inheritance (1962) for director Masaki Kobayashi