I'm still here on the earthly plane, in case anyone was wondering. It was disappointing to come to the cruel realization that it was not feasible to complete my daily movie mission when I was just beginning a glorious celebration of cinema with French February. I had some fabulous French movies lined up that I just wasn't able to dedicate the time to enjoy. I suppose I was determined to attempt this impossible task for the second year in a row because my underlying motivation was to reclaim some personal time, in addition to making some headway in watching the many movies I've collected but not yet seen. Perhaps some of you cinephiles can relate. So many movies, so little time.
Fortunately, some of my work demands have recently decreased, allowing me more time to indulge myself in the Pre-Code Paramount collection of films on The Criterion Channel. This is a wonderful collection of fascinating films from this era. While I've seen the majority of these films, I would gladly revisit all of them again. I recently discovered This is the Night, which has an unfaithful wife (Thelma Todd) trying to cover up a planned romantic getaway to Venice with her lover (Roland Young) from her javelin throwing husband (Cary Grant in his film debut), who has returned home sooner than expected from the Olympics. This is a funny, lighthearted film that provides a nice getaway from these dark times. Some of the pre-code delights include the chauffeur accidentally disrobing the unfaithful wife on a number of occasions, and a man who is tricked into buying what he believes are naughty cards of Parisian beauties.