A little short film about a padre that meets his constituents traveling in a small airplane. Very simple mildly fun documentary done by some guy named Stanley Kubrick, doing his first film. And judging by this, you wouldn't think he'd have what it takes to make it into the big times.
The Slappiest Days of Our Lives 1951
Some French dudes pasting together random American 1920s (and maybe 30s) slapstick clips from Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Monty Banks, Billy Bevan, etc, trying to make a narrative feature, and practically failing at that. They did however get license as a 'quota quickie' in the UK because Peter Sellers, in one of his earliest gigs for cinema, did the English voiceovers for this mess. And I can't say it helped much. Sure, a lot of the gags from the original movies were funny, but this attempt exploiting other peoples efforts wasn't really working for a 1951 release.
Citizen Kane 1941
I'm sorry. I know it's a cliché, but watching this film along with it's contemporary releases, Citizen Kane (1941) really DOES stick out unlike anything else at the time. The unique performances, lighting/shadows, claustrophobic sets, experimental filming, not to mention the narrative structure, blah, blah blah.... you all know this. Others can tell you a lot more about that.
The film has received so much praise that there is almost a backlash to it. I think people seeking it out…
The Lady Vanishes 1938
"Cricket, sir. Cricket!"
This is one of the funnier Alfred Hitchcock films and up there with The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and The 39 Steps (1935) as Hitchcock's best British work of the 30s. The pacing so different. Taking it's time for a seemingly irrelevant opening portion other then to get to know some of the people and get entertained with slapstick and naughtiness before the suspense elements slowly starts taking over when the train start rolling. And…