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Wednesday, 24 May 2000

2017 Centennials


I had so much fun last year celebrating the centennials of important people to film, a project that led to my award-winning fifth book, A Hundred in 2016, that I knew I had to continue in 2017.


So, here's my Centennials 2017 project.

Each review here was posted on what would have been (or in some instances actually was) the one hundredth birthday of someone important to the film industry. The aim is to remember them with an interesting film from their career that, in the process, allows me to explore another aspect of history, whether to cinema, something wider or both.

Some of these people are famous, household names that we grew up watching. Some aren't. And some used to be, but a hundred years is a long time and things change. All, however, are important.

These carefully curated films vary by era, genre and nationality and, together, help to enrich my knowledge and maybe yours too. I'll collate these reviews into a new book, A Hundred in 2017, to be released at the beginning of 2018.

Rating System
1 - Abysmal | 2 - Bad | 3 - Poor | 4 - OK | 5 - Good | 6 - Excellent | 7 - Classic

Latest Review (11 Sep 2017)
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Santo vs. The Vampire Women 1962 5 5 Alfonso Corona Blake IMDb

All 2017 Centennial Reviews
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
5 Fingers 1952 6 5 Joseph L Mankiewicz IMDb
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T. 1953 5 6 Roy Rowland IMDb
Behind Locked Doors 1948 4 4 Budd Boetticher IMDb
Blanche Fury 1948 5 5 Marc Allégret IMDb
Blood on the Moon 1948 5 5 Robert Wise IMDb
The Blue Veil 1951 5 5 Curtis Bernhardt IMDb
Chicken Every Sunday 1949 5 5 George Seaton IMDb
Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady? 1968 2 2 Don Weis IMDb
Emperor of the North Pole 1973 5 5 Robert Aldrich IMDb
The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery 1966 4 4 Frank Launder & Sidney Gilliat IMDb
Helter Skelter 1949 4 4 Ralph Thomas IMDb
Hotel Berlin 1945 6 6 Peter Godfrey IMDb
It Always Rains on Sunday 1947 6 6 Robert Hamer IMDb
The Leopard Man 1943 6 6 Jacques Tourneur IMDb
The Naked Kiss 1964 6 6 Samuel Fuller IMDb
The Night Walker 1964 5 5 William Castle IMDb
O, My Darling Clementine 1943 4 4 Frank McDonald IMDb
Pool of London 1951 6 5 Basil Dearden IMDb
The Ringer 1952 5 5 Guy Hamilton IMDb
Santo vs. The Vampire Women 1962 5 5 Alfonso Corona Blake IMDb
Stay Hungry 1976 5 4 Bob Rafelson IMDb
That Obscure Object of Desire 1977 6 5 Luis Buñuel IMDb
The Time Travelers 1964 5 5 Ib Melchior IMDb

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