EFC II #189 – Duck Soup (1933)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#189 – Duck Soup (1933)
Dir. Leo McCarey
Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern, Raquel Torres, Edgar Kennedy

The one hundred and eighty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a madcap comedy from the four Marx Brothers, Duck Soup.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s considered a comedy classic, and while it took me a while and more than one viewing to really “get into it,” I think it holds its place as such quite handily.

 

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EFC II #188 – Sons of the Desert (1933)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#188 – Sons of the Desert (1933)
Dir. William A. Seiter
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, Mae Busch, Dorothy Christy

The one hundred and eighty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a Laurel and Hardy comedy, Sons of the Desert.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Nah. But it didn’t put me off seeing more of their films.

Luke: No, it didn’t feel as good as the Laurel and Hardy films I grew up, even though it was a very enjoyable film at times.

EFC II #172 – Land Without Bread (1933)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#172 – Land Without Bread (1933)
Dir. Luis Buñuel
Starring: Abel Jacquin, Alexandre O’Neill

The one hundred and seventy-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Luis Buñuel’s documentary about poverty in the Spanish mountains, Land Without Bread.

Recorded in August 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely not, there’s some merit there but based purely on principle, I hate the lack of integrity behind this film.

EFC II #171 – She Done Him Wrong (1933)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#171 – She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Dir. Lowell Sherman
Starring: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Gilbert Roland, Noah Beery Sr.

The one hundred and seventy-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the Mae West vehicle and shortest ever Best Picture Oscar nominee, She Done Him Wrong.

Recorded in August 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, even as a Cary Grant fan there wasn’t much to be too entertained by, I think this film certainly had its time, but it hasn’t well for my tastes.

EFC II #163 – Zero for Conduct (1933)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#163 – Zero for Conduct (1933)
Dir. Jean Vigo
Starring: Gérard de Bédarieux, Louis Lefebvre, Gilbert Pruchon, Coco Golstein, Jean Dasté, Léon Larive

The one hundred and sixty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Jean Vigo’s initially banned short film about a boys boarding school, Zero for Conduct.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Not for me, there wasn’t enough to it, though it showed the spark of Vigo’s potential.

EFC II #87 – King Kong (1933)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#87 – King Kong (1933)
Dir. Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cadot, Frank Reicher, Sam Hardy, Noble Johnson, Steve Clemente, James Flavin

The eighty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, perhaps the most iconic monster movie ever made, with pioneering special effects for its time, King Kong.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes.

Luke: Yes, it’s a technical marvel for its time, but a great ride too.