Arena Games

Notable moments in pre-Code Hollywood: The Sign of the Cross (1932), in which Cecil B. DeMille re-created in sadistic detail the excesses of the “Arena Games” in Nero’s Rome. Highlights include gladiator vs. bear wrestling matches, Amazonian women beheading pygmies, and sexy Christian martyrs getting served up to crocodiles, lions, and gorillas for the entertainment of spectators.

Galloping Horse

Early photography was used for one thing: To freeze time. You’ve probably heard the story of how in 1872, California Governor Leland Stanford hired early photographer Eadweard Muybridge to capture still shots of a galloping horse to settle the bet of whether all four feet would ever be simultaneously in the air.

It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night 1934 – Director: Frank Capra Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond Wealthy financier Alexander Andrews is so offended by his daughter Ellie’s decision to marry the playboy King Westley that he holds her prisoner on his yacht whilst he arranges an annulment.  Ellie isn’t easily cowed – she dives overboard, swims […]

Suspicion

  Suspicion [Cary Grant as a villain, so wrong that it becomes right, just like Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West]