CineSavant Column

Tuesday January 1, 2019


The holidays are wrapping up, and even if you’re adversely affected by the partial government shutdown, you may feel lucky simply to have survived 2018.

With a bit more time on my hands, I’m gearing up for more reviews than normal in January: I’ll be playing catchup with some December titles as well.

Wanna go to a premiere? I believe that Steve Finkelstein rounded up this 1933 newspaper ad from theater owner Sid Grauman, who apparently wanted to make sure the grand opening of a certain blockbuster didn’t play to an empty house. Three dollars and thirty cents doesn’t sound like much, but it did if you were making $35 a week. I understand that, in addition to the movie and a lavish prologue stage show, RKO erected a full-sized bust of Kong in the forecourt of the Chinese Theater.

A nod to a pair of good review sites: ‘Vienna’ over at Vienna’s Classic Hollywood dropped me a friendly, flattering line today; I checked out her page again, and also moved on to Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings — both feature reviews and opinions from interesting viewpoints (in other words, with thoughts I hadn’t considered).

Thanks for reading, thanks as ever, and Happy New Year ! — Glenn Erickson