Best of… Series – 1927 – Hindle Wakes

Hindle Wakes (Maurice Elvey, 1927)

Wow, just wow. The beauty, realism, and troubles of a new flirtatious romance have rarely graced the screen as poignantly as they do here. We begin with the uncertain meeting of previous acquaintances as they drift through the crowded theme park where each was seeking a moment of freedom. What follows is cute head nuzzles, hand-holding, and eventually shared kisses back-dropped by a remarkable light show, all edited in a poetic and accurate fashion with one of the best musical scores I’ve ever heard. (Who cares if it was added decades later!) Then, jumping to the final quarter of the film, we witness ahead-of-its-time treatment of both female strength under heavy burden and the handling of a mistake, all resulting in a heartbreaking conclusion. A dull third quarter is the only thing preventing this from perfection.

And as shown early on with a shot of female factory workers’ feet as they run into the locker room, quickly change shoes, and run out all in beautiful synchronized fashion, Elvey isn’t afraid to put the camera wherever he wants it. We find it lingering on a hand touching the small of a back, on numerous park rides, and hovering high above a dance floor for several minutes. We also witness a gorgeous mixture of light and shadows on the home streets of our protagonist. Enjoy.  9.75/10

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4 Responses to “Best of… Series – 1927 – Hindle Wakes”

  1. Cool! I’ve desperately wanted to see another one of his films — I saw The Transatlantic Tunnel (1935) and for its premise it was visually stunning and quite fun. He was EXTREMELY prolific (as you probably know) but so few of his films are available…. This one has been on my list for a while.

    • chrisfilm Says:

      I actually did not know. I thought maybe he was a one-hit-wonder. I’ll check out The Transatlantic Tunnel!

  2. It isn’t a “good” film per se — just fun… A sci-fi movie about a tunnel across the atlantic… even if it’s “bad” it’s worth watching.

    • chrisfilm Says:

      Well, in my attempt to get up to 10 movies seen from each year, 1935 is lacking, so I might just have to give it a go anyway.

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