June 1940: The Mortal Storm

The Mortal Storm. Frank Borzage. 1940.

This is the first war film in this blog series, and I assume that there’ll be a lot more, but perhaps not before December 1941? It’s the first one that touches on the war in Europe at all, except for a throw-away line in His Girl Friday.

Anyway, this isn’t quite the war movie I was expecting. It’s a movie about Germans, and the ones that aren’t Nazis are portrayed very positively indeed. So it’s an anti Nazi film, but with more pacifist overtones than would follow once Hollywood became a part of the war effort.

For all its good intentions, it’s a kinda pedestrian film? The actors mostly just stroll through the movie without making much impression. (But I did enjoy the old woman at the farm while the Nazis were looking for that guy. So stoic.) There’s nothing particularly exciting about the cinematography.

So it’s more about the idea of the movie than the film itself, and I was watching it with ever-increasing detachment.

(Except the final chase scene, which was thrilling, of course.)

Popular movies in June 1940 according to IMDB:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
sc-tt0032811.jpg 3373 7.9 The Mortal Storm
sc-tt0031359.jpg 2717 7.4 Gaslight
sc-tt0032520.jpg 2363 7.3 The Ghost Breakers
sc-tt0032285.jpg 1789 7.1 Brother Orchid
sc-tt0032840.jpg 394 7.1 New Moon
sc-tt0033169.jpg 314 6.8 Tom Brown’s School Days
sc-tt0032901.jpg 218 6.2 Phantom Raiders
sc-tt0033117.jpg 834 5.7 Susan and God

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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