Films byTexts by 1941
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Orson Welles, 1941, 119’

Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; “Rosebud”.

 

FILM
Josef von Sternberg, 1941, 95’

Mother Gin Sling operates the finest gambling house in Shanghai. Only when the newly arrived landowner Sir Guy Charteris threatens to make her close shop, she decides to return the favor.

 

Coolie: “You like-ee Chinee New Year?”

 

FILM
John Ford, 1941, 118’

How Green Was My Valley tells of the Morgans, a hard-working Welsh mining family living in the heart of the South Wales Valleys during the 19th century. The story chronicles life in the South Wales coalfields, the loss of that way of life and its effects on the family.

 

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Preston Sturges, 1941, 90’

Sullivan: I want this picture to be a... document. I want to hold a mirror up to life. I want this to be a picture of dignity... a true canvas of the suffering of humanity.

LeBrand: But with a little sex in it.

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Preston Sturges, 1941, 94’

“Once long ago, as a teenage cinephile, I found myself sitting in front of Sturges’ The Lady Eve (1941). I had been told it was a masterpiece but, as is the case with every cinephile, I needed to be personally convinced of its greatness – so I waited for the epiphany to arrive.