Films byTexts by 1936
FILM
Julien Duvivier, 1936, 101’

Five friends, united first by poverty and then by an unexpected lottery win, abandon Paris to renovate a ruin on the banks of the Marne, transforming it into a ‘guinguette’ (open-air café). They pursue a utopian community, which gradually falls apart.

 

FILM
Sisters of the Gion
Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936, 69’

“Ik heb vaak gefoeterd op de wreedheid van de film zonder in te zien dat die wreedheid ook haar (Mizoguchi-achtige) keerzijde had, namelijk compassie. Tegenwoordig zie ik het licht van de cinema eerder als een ruimte voor verzoening of zelfs boetedoening.”

FILM
Charles Chaplin, 1936, 87’

“Unemployment is the vital question. [...] Machinery should benefit mankind. It should not spell tragedy and throw it out of work.”

Charles Chaplin in a newspaper in 1931

 

FILM
Fritz Lang, 1936, 92’

“The only film I know to which I have wanted to attach the epithet of ‘great’.”

Graham Greene