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1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009)

A look at the movies in the year 1939, considered by many to be one of the greatest years in film history.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Narrator (voice)
Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Film Critic and Historian
Thomas Schatz Thomas Schatz ... Himself - Author of 'The Genius of the System'
F.X. Feeney F.X. Feeney ... Himself - Film Critic and Historian
Scott Eyman Scott Eyman ... Himself - Author of 'Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer'
Jeanine Basinger Jeanine Basinger ... Herself - Author of 'The Star Machine'
Aubrey Solomon Aubrey Solomon ... Himself - Author of 'The Films of Twentieth Century-Fox'
Molly Haskell ... Herself - Author of 'Frankly, My Dear'
George Cukor ... Himself (archive footage)
Rudy Behlmer ... Himself - Author of 'Inside Warner Bros.'
Francis Lederer ... Himself (archive footage)
A.C. Lyles ... Himself
Joseph McBride ... Himself - Author of 'Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success'
Frank Capra ... Himself (archive footage)
Howard Hawks ... Himself (archive footage)
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A look at the movies in the year 1939, considered by many to be one of the greatest years in film history.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1939: El gran año de Hollywood See more »

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New Wave Entertainment See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Available on the Gone with the Wind (1939) Ultimate Collector's Edition and Scarlet Edition Blu-Ray releases, as well as the Ultimate Collector's Edition DVD. See more »

Connections

Features Dodge City (1939) See more »

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Fluff and no substance with plenty of bore
17 July 2009 | by jibbajabba-5See all my reviews

I fell asleep twice. The greatest year of movies? It was more like attending a college lecture. No passion. No excitement. The director brought no sense of style or storytelling to a vast canvas known as 1939.

No info here that you couldn't get on Google or Wikipedia, in fact that might be more informative.

Barely a whisper about Hattie McDaniel's historic Oscar win. Apparently Ingrid Bergman is no big deal either. WIZARD OF OZ could have been the centerpiece but again, it just breezes by.

HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT.

Classic year, boring documentary. Maybe someday someone will pay the proper respect to the greatest year in cinema...1939.


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