my "Siri Says" series I ask my telephone to choose a number between 1 and 100, and then I give me my five favorite movies from the year that corresponds with the number. That's you, know, kinda the entire idea behind the series. But when I took stock of the archives of this series back in January I realized that I only had 14 out of 100 years left, and to be quite honest it would have taken Siri half an hour at them odds to come up with a fresh number. So I didn't ask Siri! What I did was write the 14 remaining years down on slips of paper and choose the year from that. See?
At least this much is true! I never could have just written "1935" on a random slip of paper or anything -- that would be the work of a crazy person, and you're obviously, hehe, in the hands of the entirely sane here. Only a sane person would spend two paragraphs and what, a good minute of everybody's lives, detailing all of this in minute detail. So yes, the Movies of 1935 is where we're resting our heads this Monday afternoon, and... meh? Not the greatest year for the movies, save stone-cold masterpiece (the first one in my list below) and several solid-enough flicks after that. Tons of very serious literary adaptations this year (David Copperfield, Anna Karenina, A Tale of Two Cities, Crime and Punishment, Peter Ibbetson, A Midsummer Night's Dream) that feel a little musty now. But I dug up some good stuff...
My 5 Favorite Movies of 1935
(dir. James Whale)
-- released on April 19th 1935 --
(dir. Michael Curtiz)
-- released on December 19th 1935 --
(dir. Karl Freund)
-- released on July 12th 1935 --
(dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
-- released on July 31st 1935 --
(dir. Josef von Sternberg)
-- released on March 15th 1935 --
Runners-up: Top Hat (dir. Mark Sandrich), Mutiny on the Bounty (dir. Frank Lloyd), The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (dir. Henry Hathaway), Triumph of the Will (dir. Leni Riefenstahl), The Raven (dir. Louis Friedlander), The Call of the Wild (dir. William A. Wellman), Magnificent Obsession (dir. John M. Stahl), Mark of the Vampire (dir. Tod Browning), Anna Karenina (dir. Clarence Brown)
David Copperfield (dir. George Cukor), The Wedding Night (dir. King Vidor), Roberta (dir. William A. Seiter), The Informer (dir. John Ford), Alice Adams (dir. George Stevens), Peter Ibbetson (dir. Hathaway), Annie Oakley (dir. Stevens), Dangerous (dir. Alfred E. Green), Sylvia Scarlett (dir. Cukor), Toni (dir. Jean Renoir), An Inn in Tokyo (dir. Ozu)