SASY Rank – The 1930s

Back again with a little mini-post to offer some extra perspective on the films we’ve seen. In our last SASY Rank post we each listed our 10 favorite silent films from the Sight & Sound list of the 250 greatest movies ever made. As we said then, it was an attempt on our part to give some sort of coherent measurement of how we felt about the silent movies we watched for this blog. In this entry we are ranking the films of the 1930s. The Sight & Sound list contains 21 films from the 1930s, some of which we adored and some of which we really didn’t connect with *cough-Gone-With-The-Wind-cough*. As our respective lists show, French director Jean Renoir clearly made an impression, landing three films in both of our top 10s for the decade. But the big, big winners for both of us are L’Atalante and M, two movies we can safely say you should see immediately if you have not yet done so. But that’s enough discussion about the films; we’ve already yammered about them at length, and a simple click on any of the film titles below will whisk you off to our grandiose scribblings for that film. Happy reading and viewing!

S. and J.’s Top 10 Sight & Sound Films of the 1930s



1. L’Atalante (1934) 1. L’Atalante (1934)
2. M (1931) 2. M (1931)
3. I Was Born, But… (1932) 3. The Rules of the Game (1939)
4. The Rules of the Game (1939) 4. Trouble in Paradise (1932)
5. La Grande Illusion (1937) 5. La Grande Illusion (1937)
6. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (1939) 6. Partie de Campagne (1936)
7. Partie de Campagne (1936) 7. Duck Soup (1933)
8. King Kong (1933) 8. I Was Born, But… (1932)
9. Only Angels Have Wings (1939) 9. Vampyr (1932)
10. Trouble in Paradise (1932) 10. Earth (1930)

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