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Films In 1931

LE MILLION (René Clair, 1931)
In the last year we have been fortunate enough in Melbourne to see two of the three classic films made by Rene Clair in the early 30's. Sous le Toits de Paris and A Nous la Liberte. Now we have the t… Read more

MIFF is pleased to announce that it has secured the talents of one of Australia's leading exponents of traditional Chinese music to accompany its screening of Love and Duty. Wang Zheng-Ting, who init… Read more

MAIDENS IN UNIFORM (Leontine Sagan, 1931)
Leontine Sagan's groundbreaking 1931 ... girls-school melodrama stands as one of the ... most passionate films about sexuality ... evermade. Like most classics, this now ... legendary film has over t… Read more

TABU (F. W. Murnau, 1931)
... ... It's hard to imagine a more unlikely pairing than that of F.W. Murnau and Robert Flaher­ty. Mumau was a mystic, theoretician and fatalist; Flaherty, an optimist, a dreamer, an authentic n… Read more

The Sea of Ravens (Jean Epstein, 1931)
Jean Epstein's short documentary filmed on the Breton island of Sein, which film preservationist and cinephile Henri Langlois called “one of the most beautiful documentaries in the history of Frenc… Read more

THE SMILING LIEUTENANT (Ernst Lubitsch, 1931)
A guards officer (Chevalier at his leering inimitable peak) is torn between a ravishing violinist, Franzi (the exquisite Colbert) and plainish Princess Anna (spirited Hopkins) whom our hero's been fo… Read more

THE TALE OF THE FOX (Wladyslaw Starewicz, 1931)
Completed in 1931 Starewicz's masterly puppet animation was arguably the worlds first animated feature, preceding Disney's Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs by some seven years. Whilst often referred t… Read more

Then Came Happiness (, 1931)
Short domestic drama from Lever and Kitchen brings new relevance to the term soap-opera. ... Read more

THREEPENNY OPERA (G. W. Pabst, 1931)
A genial adaptation lull of criticism and social satire, of the famous Brecht &ndash: Weill opera which was based on John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera," and the works of Francois Villon. ... The plot, w… Read more

VAMPYR (Carl Dreyer, 1931)
Inspiration for the story of Vampyr is credited to Sheridan le Fanu's "In a Glass Darkly". but only one story 'Carniilla" bears any relationship to the film. Rather than from any particular literary … Read more

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