hi sabrina. you're right, where's gold diggers of 38. i'm intigued in your opinion on rohmer's la collectioneusse, i think it is in the outstanding tradition of the de laclos and the enlightenment moralist and thinkers, so when you watch it, tell me what you think. cheers from mexico!
Well, I guess Gold Diggers of 1938 is *technically* Gold Diggers in Paris, and it's not *technically* directed by Berkeley even though he staged the musical numbers. But! I do wish it was on Mubi. I look forward to discussing La Collectionneuse, and oooh, I think Laclos is a mighty fine writer. Cheers from way up north!
you're right. i find berkeley's work so outstanding that even the movies which he didn't directed but the choreography parts, belongs to him as far as those parts are the ones that deserves memory, a place in film history. in some way, it's the realization of the avant-garde pursuit of pure cinema. precode hollywood was really remarkable with musicals and gangsters, quite a pair!
i've watched public enemies, the golden age of the gangster films, and i enjoyed so much. that insight about musical directors in movies like cagney in footlight parade and warner baxter at 42nd street, as a smooth evolution of the gangster, really opened my eyes to the affinities between both genres. nasr's documentary is such a piece, don't miss it; greets!