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Gregory Peck stars in this classic adaptation of Mark Twain's short story of the same name. When American sailor Henry Adams (Peck) comes across two wealthy brothers who have, with the help of the Bank of England, developed a single note with a value of one million pounds, he finds himself part of an unusual wager.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway star in Arthur Penn's lauded crime drama based on the true story of outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. In the 1930s, car thief Clyde (Beatty) teams up with Bonnie (Dunaway), the daughter of one of his victims, and together they become notorious bank robbers and Depression-era folk legends. They form a gang with Clyde's brother, Buck (Gene Hackman), Buck's wife, Blanche (Estelle Parsons), and gas station employee C.W. (Michael J. Pollard). When one of their robberies goes wrong, Clyde commits a murder and, with the police hot on their trail, the gangsters find themselves constantly on the run. The film received ten Oscar nominations, winning awards for Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actress for Parsons.
Cheeky comic Charlie Drake plays a budding playwright, whose lifetime work is bought up by a top London impresario (John Le Mesurier), who intends to turn it into a massive stage flop for tax reasons. But, in a plot twist which prefigures Mel Brooks' 'The Producers', the show is hailed as a comic masterpiece and becomes a huge success.
Following 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962), director David Lean continued his epic phase with this adaptation of Boris Pasternak's novel. During World War One, Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif) studies to become a doctor in Moscow. He marries his childhood sweetheart Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin), but is attracted to dressmaker's daughter Lara (Julie Christie), herself engaged to young revolutionary Pasha (Tom Courtenay). Lara is also conducting an affair with government official Komarovsky (Rod Steiger). Yuri and Lara's paths cross again in the aftermath of the Bolshevik revolution, and the two begin a passionate affair.
Young Harry Faversham, born into a distinguished military family, automatically joins the army with three close childhood friends - Durrance, Willoughby and Burroughs. Feeling that he is unsuited to the life, and newly-engaged to Ethne, he resigns his commission, only to be accused of cowardice by his friends. Each sends him the traditional white feather in contempt; the fourth is plucked from Ethne's fan. Realising the disgrace he has brought to himself and his family, Harry sets out alone to the distant war to redeem himself.
A classic tale of cowardice and bravery, with sweeping battle scenes, this is a bold military epic, with its evocative locations making full use of the then-emergent Technicolor process.
In the late 1960s the world of exploitation cinema was changing fast, and by the time The Devil Rides Out appeared in 1968 its stiff upper-lip approach alienated American audiences.
The film was directed by Terence Fisher in a traditional style, albeit with more explicit references to Satanism and black magic than would have been permissible in the late 1950s.
A favourite of leading man Christopher Lee, The Devil Rides Out is now seen as a classic, compromised only by its unfinished special effects and some misjudged re-voicing.
Ten years after fighting together in World War 1, Alf Stokes and James Twelvetrees meet again when they find themelves both working for aristocratic Lord Meldrum and his family.
There's a battle of wills as honest James continually tries to put a stop to Alf's devious plan of pilfering the Meldrum's fortunes, embroiling his daughter and the house's chamber maid, Ivy, in his dodgy dealings.
There's certainly no shortage of naughtiness going on in this household with both Ivy and Miss Poppy vying for James's attentions. Then there's the (not so) Honourable Teddy whose efforts to have his way with any passing 'downstairs' staff, gets him into serious trouble. Even the head of the house, Lord Meldrum, is not unsullied as he's having a secret-ish affair with a married woman.
With shenanigans a-plenty both above and below stairs, this is one hoot of a comedy.
Richard Attenborough stars as a scientist haunted by his past in this 1950s drama from director Don Chaffey. Trying to escape his guilt after accidentally killing his fiancee's brother, Peter Watson (Attenborough) changes his name and takes a rooms in a delapidated boarding house. There, his mental health rapidly deteriorates, and his fellow lodgers call the police after his erratic behaviour causes concern. But when Watson begins brandishing a gun, and a police sergeant is injured, matters quicky come to a head.
The most powerfully erotic movie ever made!
Nominated for two Academy Awards, and exuding a sexual energy unlike any film before or after, this is the scintillating classic that shocked a nation... and altered the face of an art form.
He is a 45-year old American living in Paris, haunted by his wife's suicide. She is a 20-year-old Parisian beauty engaged to a young filmmaker. Though nameless to each other, these tortured souls come together to satisfy their sexual cravings in an apartment as bare as their dark, tragic lives.
Caught up in the frenzied beat of a carnal dance they cannot seem to stop, these unlikely lovers take their passion to erotic heights - and depths - beyond anything they could ever have imagined.
A highly influential British thriller set aboard a speeding train with a host of mysterious passengers, a hotbed of intrigue, crooks, blackmail victims, good guys and bad girls in every carriage. Films like 'Murder on the Orient Express' and 'The Lady Vanishes' owe much in style to this early British film and it was remade as 'Sleeping Car to Trieste' in 1948.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton star in this Oscar-winning, epic retelling of the life and loves of the Egyptian queen. Desperate to hold onto her throne in the face of Roman expansion, Cleopatra (Taylor) employs all her charms in an attempt to secure an alliance with Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison). When Caesar is subsequently murdered, however, a vulnerable Cleopatra quickly turns her affections to popular Roman general Mark Antony (Burton).
But although the relationship initially fares well, it's not long before the once proud general, now emasculated by the queen's charms, is reduced to a shadow of his former self that presages the doomed lovers' ultimate fate.
Collection of British comedies from the 1930s. In 'The Last Coupon' (1932) a miserly coal miner becomes a bit of a spendthrift after a big win on the football pools. In 'His Wife's Mother' (1932) a newly-married young man gets into trouble with his mother-in-law after being caught kissing another girl.
After stubborn, aging Southern widow, Miss Daisy, crashes her car into the neighbour's fence, her son insists on hiring her a driver.
At first, the self-sufficient Miss Daisy is reluctant to accept the services of her chauffeur, Hoke, but his quiet, wise and tolerant nature slowly wins her over.
As the years pass the unlikely friends develop a deep mutual respect and admiration, and slowly build a relationship that transcends their differences.
Charlie Chaplin's last appearance as The Tramp was made as a silent film despite sound having been used for several years (there are a few scenes with sound). It is an attack on the lack of humanity in modern industry and shows the tramp's struggle with factory machinery, poverty and starvation in the Depression years. With Paulette Goddard.
Alfred Shaughnessy directs this classic British musical spin-off from the 1950s popular music show. The film follows an aspiring young singer who catches the '6.5 Special' train to London. Much to her delight, she finds the train is filled with various famous performers including Lonnie Donegan, Dickie Valentine, Petula Clark and Joan Regan who use the duration of the journey as rehearsal time.
Alabama in the 1930s. The children Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Phillip Alford) play in the street, while their lawyer father Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) defends a black man accused of raping a young white woman. The controversial nature of the trial, taking place in the racist culture of the Deep South, leads the local townsfolk to turn against Finch and sees his family become the victim of a series of terror attacks. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' won Oscars for Peck and screenwriter Horton Foote.
Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure tale of a young boy in 19th century India. Despite living on the streets of India, Kim (Dean Stockwell) is actually the son of a British army officer. When his birthright is discovered, he is taken in by the British administration and sent to school. His rebelious nature and his ability to pass as a native Indian eventually lead him to becoming a spy. Kim links up with a lama from his past and a wild adventurer called Mahbub Ali (Errol Flynn) in an attempt to thwart a revolution and stop an invasion of India.
A Western spoof in which a prim girl (Jane Fonda) hires a once-famous gunman to protect her father from the gunman's evil twin brother (both played by Lee Marvin). Unfortunately the man she hires is now a drunken bum and no match for his tin-nosed twin. When her father is killed, she takes it upon herself to track down the murderer. With musical interludes from Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye.
Classic Boulting Brothers comedy in which a young couple, soon to marry, find that their wedding arrangements are the business of everyone but themselves.
Adaptation of the controversial Broadway show created by Kenneth Tynan. The film features a selection of sex-themed sketches, dances and musical numbers, mostly performed in the nude.
A semi-documentary based on the lives of two friends living on the remote Shetland island of Foula. It shows their struggles with the harshness of isolation and the everyday hurdles of love and survival. In 1978 director Michael Powell added a new (colour) introduction and epilogue to the film which was re-titled `Return to the Edge of the World'.
Nestor (Jack Lemmon) is a bumbling Parisian policeman who manages to get the sack after raiding a house of ill repute at which his boss is in attendance. Looking for work, he is taken on by streetwalker Irma La Douce (Shirley Maclaine) as her business manager, and soon finds himself falling in love with her. Determined to keep Irma faithful, Nestor disguises himself as an elderly English lord and becomes her sole client. All goes well, until Irma confesses her love to Nestor - not for him, but for his aged alter ego!
One of the most successful of the George Formby films, and his first major film role after leaving the music halls. Assistant chimney sweep George Shuttleworth (Formby) is laughed at by his friends when he dreams of winning the Isle of Man's TT Motor Cycle Race.
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