Five Brides 1929

five brides

The followers of ∗Petlura capture a village. The gang commander threatens to kill everyone if people don’t give them five hostage girls in wedding dresses. Under the pressure of the rich Jews fathers give away their daughters to the drunken officers. Fortunately, a detachment of partisans comes in and frees the village.

∗Symon Vasylyovych Petliura was a publicist, writer, journalist, Ukrainian politician, statesman of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, and nationalist leader who led Ukraine’s struggle for independence following the Russian Revolution of 1917

writing credit: David Maryan

directed by Alexander Solovyov

cinematography: Albert Kyun

production design: Yosif Shipnel

Tamara Adelgeym, Amvrosi Buchma, Yu. Koshevskaya, Matvei Lyarov, Anna Mesherskaya, I. Mindlin, R. Rami-Shor, Stepan Shagaida, Tatyana Tokarskaya, Z.Tsiss, D. Tyurchin



The Woman One Longs for 1929


Also known as Die Frau, nach der man sich sehnt (original title)

The Three Lovers

The Woman Men Yearn For

A must for Marlene Dietrich fans – the movie has English subs

Director: Curtis Bernhardt (as Kurt Bernhardt)
Writers: Max Brod (book), Ladislaus Vajda
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Fritz Kortner, Frida Richard

Southern France, the present. About to marry, Charles Leblanc glimpses beautiful Stascha with her autocratic older companion, Karoff. They meet shortly after on a train. Stascha confesses she and Karoff murdered her husband, and asks for his help to escape from Karoff. She introduces Leblanc as her cousin, and the three go to an alpine hotel for a frantic New Year’s eve party. The police arrive next morning. Karoff draws a gun and kills Stascha, leaving a distraught Leblanc cradling her body

Director: Curtis Bernhardt (as Kurt Bernhardt)
Writers: Max Brod (book), Ladislaus Vajda
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Fritz Kortner, Frida Richard

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Ko-Ko’s’s Conquest 1929

Ko ko;s conquest

The Fleischers had been producing sound cartoons since 1924 by this point, almost always efforts that would evolve into their Screen Songs when they did this very late Ko-Ko silent. In fact, they would make only half a dozen more and end the series after a dozen years.

I suspect this had been planned for the last of the series a a sentimental effort. It does not even star Max in the role of Ko-Ko’s artist, but Dave Fleischer — who was also the model for Ko-Ko. Dave shows off a model and tells Ko-Ko he got it for saving a town from a flood, and Ko-Ko winds up in a melodramatic situation in which, with Fitz’s connivance he saves a beautiful blonde girl from a melodramatic captor. There are the usual surrealistic gags, including a very nice one in which the villain throws knives at him into a wall, and Ko-Ko escapes by climbing them like a ladder.

Ko-Ko was the most successful silent cartoon character after Felix the Cat. Neither would survive the coming of sound, although the Fleischers would use him occasionally over the next decade. Their future lay with characters like Betty Boop and Popeye. Still, it’s good to see Ko-Ko go out with a fine effort like this.

by boblipton (New York City)

Director: Dave Fleischer
Star: Dave Fleischer


Eternal Heart 1929

eternal heart

Also known as

Fue no shiratama and Das unverwuestliche Herz

The great Kenji Mizoguchi once said that Ozu and him made movies by hard work. “But Shimizu is a genius.” Born in 1903, the same year as Ozu, Hiroshi Shimizu directed his first film at 21 and is credited with directing 163 films during a career that ran from 1923 to 1959

Eternal Heart (also known as Undying Pearl) is Shimizu’s oldest surviving film, but his 56th directorial effort. It tells the story of Toshie (Emiko Yagume, who appeared in a number of Ozu’s pre-war films) who works as a secretary and is in love with her fellow co-worker Shozo. But the young man is more interested in Toshie’s sister Reiko who wears Western clothes and seems generally more appealing to him. Toshie selflessly promotes the relationship while being courted by her elderly boss Katayama. When Reiko begins flirting with other men because she grows increasingly bored with her marriage, Toshie tries to fix the relationship but ultimately fails. Never fully realizing what kind of feelings Toshie harbors for him, Shozo leaves Japan for the United States – alone.

Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
Writers: Kan Kikuchi (story), Tokusaburo Murakami
Stars: Jun Arai, Satoko Date, Yôko Fujita

A Straightforward Boy 1929


A straightforward boy

A kidnapped boy proves to be more than his abductor can handle.
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Writers: O. Henry (story “The Ransom of Red Chief”), Tadao Ikeda |
Stars: Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Takeshi Sakamoto




Red Heroine 1929

red heroine

Red Heroine was a smash hit on release and a prime example of the martial arts explosion of the late 20s (setting the template for later revivals), but with a crucial twist: in place of the typical, manly hero we have a swashbuckling woman. At first she’s a helpless abductee, then an unstoppable killing machine, fighting to stop a tyrannical warlord ravaging the countryside and enslaving numerous (very) scantily-clad young women.

Initial release: 1929
Director: Wen Yimin
Cinematography: Yao Shiquan
Cast: Wen Yimin, Fan Xuepeng, Wang Juqing, Shu Gohui, Sao Guanyu

The Last Attraction 1929

The last attraction

Based on a story by Marietta Shaginyan. A circus is travelling the roads of the civil war. The actors perform for the Reds and for the Whites alike. Then the circus is requisitioned and the performers are now subordinate to a Red Army political department. Thus the side-show becomes a propaganda carriage and the young tight-rope walkers Serge and Masha will sort out the political situation, conscientiously join the Red Army and take part in the battle against Denikin.

Directed by Ivan Pravov, Olga Preobrazhenskaya
Writing Credits: Marietta Shaginyan (story), Viktor Shklovsky (script)
Cinematography by Aleksej Solodkov, Anatoliy Solodkov
Film Editing by Nikolaj Borovishki
Art Direction by Aleksei Utkin

Ivan Bykov as Kurapov
Yelena Maksimova as Polly
Raisa Puzhnaya as Masha
Naum Rogozhin as Klim Visloguby
A. Sashin as Serge
Leonid Yurenev as Vanichka