Why B-Movies Never Won Oscars | How To See B-Movies with Dave Kehr

 

The term « B » movie has come to mean low-budget films, but originally it meant something very specific in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Although the films were never designed to break the box office or win Oscars, there are many enjoyable and stylistically sophisticated filmmaking techniques to reclaim from this era. MoMA Film Curator Dave Kehr explores the films of the Republic Pictures Library, recently restored by Martin Scorsese and Paramount.

Films shown: The Plunderers. 1948. USA. Directed by Joseph Kane Train to Alcatraz. 1948. USA. Directed by Philip Ford Valley of the Zombies. 1946. USA. Directed by Philip Ford Hell Fire. 1949. USA. Directed by R. G. Springsteen The Inside Story. 1948. USA. Directed by Allan Dwan Storm Over Lisbon. 1944. USA. Directed by George Sherman City That Never Sleeps. 1953. USA. Directed by John H. Auer I’ve Always Loved You. 1946. USA. Directed by Frank Borzage Accused of Murder. 1956. USA. Directed by Joseph Kane Trigger, Jr. 1950. USA. Directed by William Witney Driftwood. 1947. USA. Directed by Allan Dwan S.O.S. Tidal Wave. 1939. USA. Directed by John H. Auer The Flame. 1947. USA. Directed by John H. Auer Night of the Living Dead. 1968. USA. Directed by George A. Romero Casablanca. 1943. USA. Directed by Michael Curtiz

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