My Top 3 Films From 2nd Year Film and TV Studies
Today I want to share with you my top three films that I’ve seen on my course so far this year. I study Film and TV so I’ve seen a lot of material, but I’m going to share my three favourites that were new to me. I won’t give away too much about each film because I think you should watch them yourselves!
Mildred Pierce (1945)
I’m really getting into film noir at the moment. I was formally introduced to the genre last year and I just can’t get enough! I love the suspense that they create and Mildred Pierce is also expertly crafted. I love a film noir that has a conniving woman because it makes a change from more outdated representations of women from the films of decades gone by. Boy, does Mildred Pierce have one! Not Mildred herself but her daughter Veda- played by Ann Blyth. In my opinion she steals every scene she is in and trumps herself with her cunning ways every single time! Of course, Joan Crawford also portrays the titular character in a way that only she could.
The Band Wagon (1953)
Now, I’m a HUGE fan of musicals but oddly had never seen The Band Wagon. I love watching Fred Astaire perform so I don’t know why I hadn’t seen it before. I’ll admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the score on first viewing. The songs were familiar but they weren’t my favourite. Little did I know that they would turn into ear worms! Director Vincente Minnelli’s use of colour creates a stunning visual also. I would definitely recommend this one for a rainy day! Who wouldn’t enjoy a musical about staging a musical?
Not the film about the creepy clown but a film about what it means to have ‘it’. Before I continue, I must mention that the film is silent. But that shouldn’t put you off! In my opinion, there is still a place for the artistry of silent cinema in 2020 (and I’m not just saying that because I study film). Clara Bow’s personality in the film is completely infectious, even without words! She seems to jump off the screen and into your heart. I always tell people that old doesn’t necessarily equal bad/boring and I think that this film definitely proves that. If you’re looking for something fun to watch, this is it!
So, there you have it! I hope that you’ll go away and watch these films on my recommendation. You never know, you might discover a new favourite genre! Let me know in the comments if you’ve seen any good films recently. I could do with some recommendations!