Saturday, April 5, 2008
A quick call out to readers, mockers and passerby:
I am teaching a course on movies and melodrama in the fall, and I'm starting to assemble a list of films to watch or re-watch over the late spring/summer for syllabus prep. There are several movies I know I want to look at again, and will probably use for the course (although nothing's set in stone yet): Rebecca, Gaslight, all the Douglas Sirk that's available, Preminger films like Fallen Angel, Bonjour Tristesse, and Daisy Kenyon. I'm looking forward to diving into the oeuvres of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford (especially after the Siren's great pieces on her). I'm also curious to think about how the genre interacts with other genres, like the political film (Advise and Consent), the horror movie (arguably all of them, but especially those of the 1930s, 40s and 70s, like Hangover Square or Carrie), and the musical (Love Me or Leave Me, A Star Is Born, The Red Shoes). But I throw the question out to you all: are there melodramas I absolutely have to watch? Favorites of yours that I haven't mentioned? Offbeat or obscure films I might have overlooked?