Henry V (1944, UK, Olivier) – Hey this is fantastic: It starts with the play being staged in the Globe Theatre in front of an audience, who cheers and jeers and laughs at the jokes. It’s all a bit clumsy and self-deprecating. Then it gradually moves out into the real world, still looking cheap, but with Laurence Olivier radiating every single moment he is on the screen. Watched it all. Released in July 1944, when Britain was fighting a war in France that, unlike Agincourt, actually deserved this scene:
The Fighting Rats of Tobruk (1944, Australia, Chauvel) – I’ve been waiting for a really bad war movie to come along, and here it is! Watched: 9 minutes.
I bambini ci guardano (1944, Italy, De Sica) – A bunch of unlikeable Italians have marriage problems. Watched: 18 minutes.
The Mask of Dimitrios (1944, USA, Negulesco) – Peter Lorre researches the life of Dimitrios, a criminal genius who has been murdered but is such a clever character that it’s no surprise that he isn’t dead after all. Considering the silly plot twists of some recent movies, it is actually a bit of a let-down that that is all there is to it. I was hoping that Dimitrios would turn out to be Peter Lorre, who had undergone cosmetic surgery and was retreading his own past just to mess with the minds of his enemies. Watched it all.
None But the Lonely Heart (1944, USA, Odets) – Cary Grant with an atrocious English accent. Watched: 13 minutes.