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Joan Crawford, Polish Films and New Releases: May 2014 in Films

While this is the second month in 2014 where I didn’t average a film a day, I did watch a lot of great films – most of which I saw in theaters! I saw three Orson Welles films at LACMA: Too Much Johnson, The Lady From Shanghai and Mr. Arkadin. At the screening of Too Much Johnson I met Joseph Cotten’s nephew Joe Cotten and we’re slowly becoming good internet friends, so that’s awesome. I also ran into him on the way back to my car at the Orson double (his aunt, Jo’s second wife, Patricia Medina has a great part in Mr. Arkadin). I saw several films directed by women this month and will highlight a few of those after the cut. Female Filmmaker Friday has been going well (I hope you’ve been reading!), I also came up with some handy lists: eight movies that are out now or will be released through August directed by women and 100 movies on Netflix directed by women. Also! If you have Twitter and would be so kind as to retweet this, that would be great.  So use those and watch more movies by ladies! And now, as always, here’s a breakdown of some of my favorite films I watched this month.


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Movie Quote of the Day – The Bride Wore Red, 1937 (dir. Dorothy Arzner)


Anni: Ladies don’t ride in donkey carts.
Giulio: It would be unusual, but great ladies can do unusual things.

Female Filmmaker Friday: The Bride Wore Red, 1937 (dir. Dorothy Arzner)

I’ve been watching my way through Joan Crawford’s filmography (I’m at 57 I think now!) and finally was able to watch this gem from, at the time, the only female director in Hollywood: Dorothy Arzner. The one review I could find of the film from its initial release is not too generous, but I have to say I absolutely loved this film.


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