Happy New Year, movie lovers! Last year, I made a resolution to watch a new movie every day, which lasted longer than most resolutions, but still fell apart pretty quickly. Since it was a lot of fun, I decided to give it another go, and am giving myself 365 days to fall in love with more movies. Some, like today's feature, will be movies I know and love well, while others will be new to me.
Saturday, January 1, 2022
365 Days: #1 Drôle de drame (1937)
Botanist Irwin Molyneaux, who doubles as a crime writer incognito to support his wife's demands for social standing, finds himself the target of a murder investigation after his sanctimonious cousin wrongly suspects him of murdering his wife, while a serial killer of butchers targets him for the influence his crime novels have had on him.
I acquired this movie in 2016 as part of an effort to collect every Marcel Carné-Jacques Prévert collaboration I could find, that stemmed from my obsession with Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis), a movie that started me on my mad movie collecting adventure. This movie was based on the novel, His First Offence by Joseph Storer Clouston. While I have been unable to obtain that novel, this movie inspired me to seek out some of his other works, and I have just begun to read one of his most popular novels, The Lunatic at Large. I'm only on Chapter 3, but I am already enjoying his wit and well crafted storytelling.
Every frame of this satirical film is a true delight, and I never tire of watching it. The actors give top notch performances and the music adds just the right feel to scenes. At some point, I will cover it more thoroughly, as this is a hidden gem that deserves greater recognition. For this 365 Days project, posts will necessarily be brief in order to keep up my madcap adventure. While I may be hard pressed to offer any insightful commentary on such a schedule, hopefully those of you who choose to follow along may also discover some movies you love.