Wednesday 24 May 2000

2020 Centennials

I enjoyed celebrating the centennials of important people to film, a project that led to my award-winning fifth book, A Hundred in 2016, so much that I knew I had to continue in 2017. I'm enjoying this series, so I'm back for the 2020 edition, year five for me. Let's see if I can write more than last year.

So, here's 2020 Centennials.

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 2020, to be released at the beginning of 2021. Hopefully.

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

Latest Review (16 May 2020)
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Hell is Empty 1967 4 4 John Ainsworth IMDb

All 2020 Centennial Reviews
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery 1975 4 3 Dean Hargrove IMDb
Vicki 1953 6 5 Harry Horner IMDb
Buck Rogers 1939 3 3 Ford Beebe & Saul A. Goodkind IMDb
Gunfight at Comanche Creek 1963 5 5 Frank McDonald IMDb
Nights of Cabiria 1957 7 7 Federico Fellini IMDb
Sorcerer 1977 6 6 William Friedkin IMDb
Hell is Empty 1967 4 4 John Ainsworth IMDb

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