films seen
8/53
average score
0.93*
nationality
Germany - 79 years old
status
R.I.P. (1902 - 1981)
more info

Plain forgettable

Funny Girl

1968 / 151m - USA
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Musical
1.5*/5.0*
Funny Girl poster

Not a big Wyler fan, Funny Girl is no exception. Simple rise and fall story about a young, aspiring actress who wants to make it as a Ziegfeld girl. The show element of the film is lacking and the romance felt rather flat. The fact that it's stretched to 150 minutes only made it worse.

Big nopes

Ben-Hur

1959 / 212m - USA
Adventure
1.0*/5.0*
Ben-Hur poster
1.0*/5.0*
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress poster

Part of a series of infotainment documentaries about the war, directed by a couple of very big names. That said, none of these docs are very good. Some of the footage is sure to have historic value, but the films itself are low on content and are little more that cheap propaganda. If war isn't your thing, just skip them.

Mrs. Miniver

1942 / 134m - USA
Drama, War
1.0*/5.0*
Mrs. Miniver poster

Old-fashioned, prim and proper. This could've been a prime British classic, only it was directed by a German native and funded with US money. I can't say these film do much for me, certainly not when they're stretched to 2+ hours and try to make a story out of a flower growing competition.

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Mrs. Miniver is a respected young woman in a small British village. She lives there with her husband and three kids, but her life takes a nasty turn when the war starts. Her husband and oldest son join the army, while Mrs. Miniver stays behind. She does her best to contribute to the war effort in her own way.

This is the type of film that relies on the audience liking its characters, otherwise it all falls to pieces. Drama becomes cheap sentiment and the runtime turns into a real hurdle. I didn't care for any of the characters and was bored out of my wits. Then again, it was nominated for plenty of Oscars (and won one too), so I'm not that surprised.

Jezebel

1938 / 104m - USA
Drama, Romance
1.0*/5.0*
Jezebel poster

An old Bette Davis classic. It's another one of these overly talkative 30s drama/romances, where people just drone on forever about the most inconsequential things. The levels of sentimentality and the lack of anything visceral make this a very tough sell for me, but I can't say I was really surprised.

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Julie is a headstrong woman who doesn't really care about people's expectations and opinions. When she arrives at a ball in a bright red dress, she shocks everyone there, including her fiancé. He wants nothing to do with Julie after this, but she's very determined to win him back.

Davis' performance is decent, but her character isn't all that interesting, and neither are the challenges she faces. There's not much depth to the film, the dialogue is predominant and the sentimentality takes away from the dramatic impact. The 30s are one of the weakest film decades out there, not my kind of cinema.

Dodsworth

1936 / 101m - USA
Drama
1.0*/5.0*
Dodsworth poster

Classic romance is never all that romantic. People in these films tended to be rather practical, they had little trouble flirting and cheating, and they could change partners in a matter of seconds. I always find it hard to root for them, or really care who ends up with who at the end, which is kind of the point.

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When Sam Dodsworth finally retires from the automobile industry, he plans to go on a trip to Europe with his wife, and see something of the world. It doesn't take long for the two to figure out that they don't fit well together after all, and they start seeing other people during their vacation.

The characters are rather annoying, there's tons of dialogue to wade through and the cinematography is mostly functional. We're not really seeing all that much of Europe either, so in the end, there wasn't much that appealed to me. I've said it before, but the transition from silent cinema to talkies was pretty damn rough, Dodsworth is just more proof of that.

Irritation overload

Roman Holiday

1953 / 118m - USA
Comedy, Romance
0.5*/5.0*
Roman Holiday poster

The Best Years of Our Lives

1946 / 170m - USA
Drama, Romance, War
0.5*/5.0*
The Best Years of Our Lives poster