My Overall Thoughts:
I’ve only seen three of these films and the quality of the films made back then was poor in all aspects of movie making, but it’s still admirable that they started giving out these awards.
(As of now, I have seen each and every Oscar nominated film from 1946 thru the present. Starting with 1945’s nominees, there are movies that I have yet to see, so I will only rank the films that I’ve seen so far and will update as I see the missing films.)
- 5. – The Patriot –
- 4. – Broadway Melody – This movie was sooo boring. Uninteresting plot, terrible dialogue and banal musical numbers. I guess one of the draws of this movie in 1929 was the fact that it was a musical in an era of silent movies.
- 3. – Hollywood Revue – Interesting idea that just doesn’t work as well know as it probably was nearly 90 years ago when it was made. Most of the skits are fine but not really that spectacular. The best one is the one with Laurel & Hardy performing magic and the opne wihich allows us to hear the original rendition of the song Singin’ in the Rain. The whole things drags on a bit too much tho.
- 2. – Alibi – Pretty average film that doesn’t really offer very much. Quite surprised that this is part of the echelon of films that are included in the list of Best Picture nominees. The plot is quite simple and the dialogue is ok.
- 1. – In Old Arizona – Interesting early western that is quite tame, yet still well done for its time.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not at all. I’ve only seen
two three of these, but BM was worse than IOA, guess they were more than amazed at the idea of a musical in the silent era.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!