The Golden Age of Hollywood

Almost eighty years ago, Paramount released 'Applause' starring Helen Morgan. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian this film proved to be more than I expected for such an early musical and talkie. Admittedly, the acting is a bit weak in some scenes but after all, it is a very early talkie. The thing that surprised me was the innovative filming techniques such as shadows a la noir and varying depth of field focus and camera angles not often seen in 1929 films.
The copy of the film which runs for 80 minutes is in quite good quality in the version I saw and certainly is worth the watch and Helen Morgan is too.


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Comment by Bill on August 19, 2011 at 8:07am
Your message serves as a reminder that I have not watched this film for more than two years, so I have put it back on my list of things to watch.  Thanks for the comment.
Comment by MisterMamoulian on August 19, 2011 at 2:35am
Mamoulian's debut and a great example of innovation. Unfortunately, I have not seen this film yet...
Comment by Catherine on July 27, 2009 at 4:43pm
Bill, this movie is terrific - groundbreaking for it's time! Being from NYC, I loved the NY scenes of the Brooklyn Bridge, subways...incredible - how did they manage to lug all that new-fangled equipment on location? One of my most treasured favorites. Thanks for your post on this one!

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