Theme Month! November 2018: I’ve Been Meaning to Get to That!

We all have odds and ends in our film viewing, movies that we have been meaning to watch but just haven’t for one reason or another. In my case, these are films I have seen before and have been wanting to review, I just never managed to slip them into the schedule. Well, this is their moment to shine!

I am usually researching and gathering information for the next month’s theme but October has been pretty chaotic so I decided to embrace the chaos and get a little messy.

These films will have nothing in common except for one feature: they are all interesting in some way or another. Interesting locations, a change of pace for the star, an unexamined cranny of film history, etc.

I am also working on an absolutely massive review of the 1899 film Méliès made about the Dreyfus Affair. It’s going to be a deep examination of portrayals of anti-Semitism in cinema; quite a dive into the research. I can only manage one or two of these reviews a year (for obvious reasons) and may not have it done in November. However, here are a few more of my deep dive reviews:

Surrender (1927)

Michael Strogoff (1926)

The Great White Silence (1924)

Ben-Hur (1925)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

The Gold Rush (1925)

The Frozen North (1922)

Mabel at the Wheel (1914)

The Captive (1915)



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  1. Marie Roget

    Big second to CaftanWoman’s comment!

    I love your deep dive gif! Most of our guests at last night’s Halloween party resembled the diver after taking turns handing out a record number of fun size candies to trick-or-treaters from 6 to 9:30. The lightening and pirate ghosts we rigged in the front window drew them here like moths to the flame, despite cold temps.

    After the TOTs stopped ringing the doorbell. we watched 1925 Phantom of the Opera, Stan and Ollie’s Habeas Corpus, and then request movie a guest brought, Shadow of the Vampire, which is good campy fun. A great All Hallows Eve was had by all 😀

  2. ostjudebarbie

    can’t wait to see your review of the dreyfus affair film…never knew it existed and i devoted a big chunk of a chapter of my thesis to the dreyfus affair. i tracked the film down online. i think it’s the longest 19th century film i’ve ever seen!!!

    1. Fritzi Kramer

      It’s super interesting! Did you notice the rather kinetic sequence in which the journalists charge the camera? I don’t know if Melies intended it but it is easily one of the most engaging scenes of the 1890s.

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