Take Me To Your Cinema
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I've been a lifelong Marx Brothers fan (From my earliest memories), owning all their work on DVD imported from the US. I could debate with myself all day about which of their 13 films is the best ('A Day At The Races'?). But I can say with no doubt that most of their films come with certain baggage.
Due to the commercial neccesities of the time and due to the radical nature of their comedy they usually peppered the popular songs of the day throughout the films, to keep people happy. At the time, this formula was boxoffice dynamite but some of these songs have not aged well and I almost always fastforward through them (Other songs are still masterpieces, 'Cosi-Cosa' for example). Also sometimes the plots, subplots and supporting talent isn't up to the match of The Brothers' firecracker humour. Fast forwarding through this material isn't really possible so wouldn't it be wonderful to have a collection of these films with all the killer and none of the filler?
These edits should be a fun diversion for me, from more time consuming and challlenging edits. This 13 film project will be a long time in the making. I'll be editing through their filmography in chronological order...
1 - The Cocoanuts (1929) - Released
2 - Animal Crackers (1930) - Released
3 - Monkey Business (1931)
4 - Horse Feathers (1932)
5 - Duck Soup (1933)
6 - Night at the Opera (1935)
7 - Day at the Races (1937)
8 - Room Service (1938)
9 - At the Circus (1939)
10 - Go West (1940)
11 - The Big Store (1941)
12 - A Night in Casablanca (1946) - Released
13 - Love Happy (1949) - Released
... starting now with 'The Cocoanuts'. This and their last full movie 'Love Happy' will require the most editing for similar reasons. They both have some of The Brothers' best material but they are both drowning under a weight of subpar musical numbers and boring minor characters. This means I don't watch them as often as I'd like. Of course the 3 films they made between 1933 and 1937 will require only a minimal ammount of editing as the casts are strong, the plots are engaging, the music is sensational and of course the comedy is matchless.
There will be less of this...
...and much more of this...
As I said, I've started with 'The Cocoanuts' but I welcome any suggestions and thoughts for all fourteen films as I plan on having them all under this thread. I'll post a sample video soon.
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