Classics

  • William K. Howard – Johnny Come Lately (1943)

    William K. Howard1941-1950ClassicsDramaUSA
    Johnny Come Lately (1943)
    Johnny Come Lately (1943)

    James Cagney stars in this Oscar-winning smalltown drama as an ex-reporter turned drifter who arrives in a town where corruption is rife. Jailed for vagrancy, on release he meets up with Vinnie McLeod, editor of the local paper and one of the few honest citizens in town.Read More »

  • Teinosuke Kinugasa – Yukinojo henge AKA An Actor’s Revenge (1935)

    Teinosuke Kinugasa1931-1940ClassicsDramaJapan
    Yukinojo henge (1935)
    Yukinojo henge (1935)

    Quote:
    Here is the 1935/1936 original version of “An Actor’s Revenge”, which was hugely popular at that time and a high point in Kazuo Hasegawa’s career. In fact, he even chose to remake this film as his 300th film work, helmed by Kon Ichikawa.

    The original film has 3 parts and runs 310 mins long, released. However, like most pre-1945 jidaigeki, it has been seized and re-edited by GHQ during the occupation era. And now, only this truncated version which runs only 97 mins exists.Read More »

  • Peter Gorski & Gustaf Gründgens – Faust (1960) (HD)

    Peter Gorski1951-1960ClassicsFilm BlancGermanyGustaf GründgensPerformance
    Faust (1960)
    Faust (1960)

    imdb user comment:
    In 1957 Gustaf Gründgens staged a new production of Goethe’s Faust in which he once again played Mephisto, a part he had played since 1932. The brilliant production was a huge success and ran for a couple of years. In 1959 Peter Gorski captured the performance on film in his directorial film debut. Basically it is a registration of the production, but Gorksi did manage to accentuate the details of the acting by using enough medium and close-up shots which give a view on the acting you normally would not able to see in a theater.Read More »

  • Jean-Luc Godard – À bout de souffle AKA Breathless (1960) (HD)

    Jean-Luc Godard1951-1960ArthouseClassicsFrance
    À bout de souffle (1960)
    À bout de souffle (1960)

    Quote:
    Petty thug Michel panics and impulsively kills a policeman while driving a stolen car. On the lam, he turns to his aspiring journalist girlfriend Patricia, hiding out in her Paris apartment. When Patricia learns that Michel is being investigated for murder, she begins to question her loyalties.Read More »

  • Zoltan Korda – Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)

    1951-1960ClassicsDramaUnited KingdomZoltan Korda
    Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)
    Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)

    In South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son, only to find his people living in squalor and his son a criminal. Reverend Misimangu (Sidney Poitier) is a young South African clergyman who helps find his missing son-turned-thief and sister-turned-prostitute in the slums of Johannesburg.Read More »

  • George Sidney – Anchors Aweigh (1945)

    1941-1950ClassicsGeorge SidneyMusicalUSA
    Anchors Aweigh (1945)
    Anchors Aweigh (1945)

    Quote:
    The movie was written by Natalie Marcin and Isobel Lennart and directed by George Sidney.It won the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture. In 2001, Kevin Spacey purchased this Oscar statuette at a Butterfield & Butterfield auction and returned it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Anchors Aweigh was also nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gene Kelly), Best Cinematography, Color (Robert Planck, Charles P. Boyle), Best Music, Song (for Jule Styne (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics) for “I Fall in Love Too Easily”), and Best Picture.Read More »

  • Michael Anderson – The Naked Edge (1961)

    Michael Anderson1961-1970ClassicsThrillerUnited Kingdom
    The Naked Edge (1961)
    The Naked Edge (1961)

    Synopsis:
    After a man is murdered and a large sum of money disappears from an office, Donald Heath (Ray McAnally) is convicted of the crime based on the testimony of his colleague, George Radcliffe (Gary Cooper). George’s wife, Martha (Deborah Kerr), starts to become suspicious of her husband when, after the crime, he invests money in a business venture and begins to act strangely. When a blackmailing letter arrives from Jeremy Gray (Eric Portman), Martha risks her life to find out the truth.Read More »

  • Salah Abouseif – Bayn el samaa wa el ard AKA Between Heaven and Earth (1959)

    Salah Abouseif1951-1960ClassicsEgyptThriller
    Bayn el samaa wa el ard (1960)
    Bayn el samaa wa el ard (1960)

    Plot:A variety of different people who don’t know each other get trapped in a hung elevator. When they begin to realize that their chance in being rescued is minimal, they start looking back at their lives differently. Meanwhile, a man is trying to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of the same building.Read More »

  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz – The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

    Joseph L. Mankiewicz1941-1950ClassicsFilm BlancRomanceUSA
    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

    Synopsis:
    ‘In 1900, strong-willed widow Lucy Muir goes to live in Gull Cottage by the British seaside, even though it appears to be haunted. Sure enough, that very night she meets the ghost of crusty former owner Captain Gregg…and refuses to be scared off. Indeed, they become friends and allies, after Lucy gets used to the idea of a man’s ghost haunting her bedroom. But when a charming live man comes courting, Lucy and the captain must deal with their feelings for each other.’
    – Rod Crawford (IMDb)Read More »

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