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Marlene Dietrich stars as Helen, a former nightclub entertainer married to an American scientist, Edward Faraday, who has been diagnosed with radium poisoning. To earn money for her husband's European cure, Helen returns to the stage billed as "The Blonde Venus" and is an overnight success.
She also finds herself powerfully attracted to a dashing politician named Nick Townsend who is captivated by her and offers financial support. Townsend moves Helen and her son into a beautiful apartment, and when Edward returns unexpectedly from Europe to find his child and unfaithful wife gone, he demands she relinquish the boy to him.
As a woman torn between her husband, her lover, her career and her child, Dietrich turns in a dazzling performance that makes this one of the screen goddess's most popular films.
In black & white.
Who is stealing virgins and turning them into shop-window mannequins? What is the meaning of the gigantic hairy finger found at the scene of the latest crime? What clues can the mad professor or his deathly pale and impossibly buxom sister provide to the hopeless Detective Bung?
Join the Carry On team, including Charles Hawtrey, Bernard Bresslaw and Joan Sims as they chill your spine in this hair raising spoof of a horror movie.
Working out of South Africa, Allan Quartermain is hired to track down the missing brother of Sir Henry Curtis, who had entered the region looking for the fabled King Solomon’s Mines. He agrees to help for a share of the treasure – but has little hope of them returning as they are venturing into unsafe territories.
The party includes Irish adventurers Kathy O’Brien, her father, Patrick O’Brien and British gents Curtis and Commander Good, who are all seeking to uncover the truth about King Solomon’s Mines.
When their guide, Umbopa brings them safely through the desert, they get captured by natives, led by Twala and Gagoo. A sinister plot is then uncovered and the expedition hangs in the balance…
In black & white.
Magistrate Brutus Poskett (Will Hay) believes that his stepson Bobby (John Mills) is a clean-living 15-year-old... when in fact he is 21 and enjoys leading the life of Riley! Brutus has his eyes opened when Bobby takes him to a music hall, unaware that his mother - Brutus' wife - is also there, out for an excursion with an old friend who might just let Bobby's secret out of the bag!
A collection of classic features from the iconic British film studio. 'Calling the Tune' (1936), directed by Reginald Denham and Thorold Dickinson, is set during the early years of the gramophone and follows an unlikely love story between the daughter of a music salesman and a musician who believes he was cheated by her father. 'Lease of Life' (1954), directed by Charles Frend, stars Robert Donat as a parson confronted with the news that he's dying who reflects on his achievements in life and how best to spend the time that remains to him. 'Lorna Doone' (1934), directed by Basil Dean, is set on the 17th century English moors and sees John Ridd (John Loder)'s plans for revenge against a local criminal family meet complications when he falls in love with Lorna Doone (Victoria Hopper), a member of the family. In 'Return to Yesterday' (1940), directed by Robert Stevenson, creative couple Robert Maine (Clive Brook) and Carol Sands (Anna Lee) must choose between a low profile career in the English theatre and the glamour of Hollywood.
Rome burns. Nero fiddles. Christianity rises. And moviegoers turned out in throngs for this years-in-the-making film colossus boasting eight Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) and featuring 110 speaking parts, 30,000 participants and a filmed-on-location panoply of marching legions, magisterial pageantry and massive spectacle that includes the martyrdom of Christians thrown to the lions before cheering Coliseum throngs.
Robert Taylor plays the Legion commander whose love for a Christian slave girl crosses the divide between Empire and a sect with a higher loyalty. Presiding over all is Nero.
He is Caesar, madman, murderer - an imperial ruler of the spectacular, and spectacularly doomed, glory that was Rome.
Mike Nichols' directorial debut is an adaptation of Edward Albee's controversial stage play, starring husband-and-wife Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. George (Burton) is a foul-mouthed, drunken university professor married for two decades to the equally foul-mouthed, drunken Martha (Taylor), whose father is the president of George's college. When younger married couple Nick (George Segal) and Honey (Sandy Dennis) are invited round for a nightcap, they witness a marathon of bickering and verbal abuse. The film won five Oscars, including Best Actress for Elizabeth Taylor and Best Supporting Actress for Sandy Dennis.
Classic silent drama from legendary director F.W. Murnau. A South Pacific pearl fisherman falls in love with a girl who has been declared 'Taboo' by her tribe. Shot in Tahiti.
Orson Welles directs and stars in this noir tale of Nazi war criminals hidden away in small-town America. Officer Wilson (Edward G. Robinson), of the United Nations War Crimes Commission, is on the trail of Franz Kindler, a Nazi leader responsible for the atrocities of the Holocaust. Following Kindler's former associate Konrad Meinike (Konstantin Shayne) to Harper, Connecticut, Wilson thinks he's found his target adopting the new identity of Charles Rankin (Welles), a local school teacher with plans to restore the town clock to its former glory. Wilson stays around to investigate, while Rankin's wife Mary Longstreet (Loretta Young) becomes increasingly distrustful of her partner's suspicious behaviour...
Hitchcock-directed comedy thriller. When a young woman is found strangled on the seashore, Robert Tisdall (Derrick De Marney) is quickly identified as the chief suspect in the case. The young man protests his innocence, but it seems that only Erica Burgoyne (Nova Pilbeam), the eighteen-year-old daughter of the local police constable, is prepared to believe him. Together, the unlikely duo set out to find the real killer. An early blueprint for such Hitchcock classics as 'To Catch a Thief' and 'North by Northwest'.
A classic Hitchcock chiller based on the novel by Joseph Conrad. In Thirties London, unbeknown to his wife Sylvia (Sylvia Sidney), cinema manager Karl Verloc (Oscar Homolka) is acting as a paid saboteur. After Karl's cutting off of London's electricity supply fails to create the havoc his employers hoped for, Karl is charged with delivering a bomb to Piccadilly Circus. However, the police are already on his trail.
Double bill of films starring Jessie Matthews. In 'The Man from Toronto' (1932), widow Leila (Matthews) and Canadian bachelor Fergus (Ian Hunter) are left a fortune - on the condition that they marry. In 'Head Over Heels' (1937), singing star Jeanne (Matthews) is hurt when charming Marcel (Louis Borel) drops her in favour of a famous film star. However, radio engineer Pierre (Robert Flemyng), who is secretly in love with Jeanne, helps her to become a star herself...
Star-studded, epic adaptation of Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel based in Rome during the time of Nero. Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor), a commander in the army, returns to the city and falls in love with a Christian girl called Lygia (Deborah Kerr). However, as he is a pagan, she rejects his suit and refuses to have anything to do with him. Meanwhile, Nero (Peter Ustinov) burns down the city, blames it on the Christians, and prepares to feed them to the lions.
Alfred Hitchcock described this, his third feature, as the first to display the patented Hitch 'touch' (it was also the first to feature a cameo by the director). The foggy streets of London have fallen prey to the 'Avenger' - an unknown killer whose victims are all blonde women. When a handsome lodger (Ivor Novello) arrives at a local boarding house, his suspicious behaviour leads to him being accused of the crimes and hotly pursued by a lynch mob out for justice. But is he really guilty? Composer Nitin Sawhney provides a new musical score for this version of the film.
Five young Berliners spend a Sunday visiting the country. Nothing of note happens, but in its close attention to the small details of everyday life 'People on Sunday' is a significant landmark in the traditions of European realism. Written and directed by Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann (all of whom would later, following Hitler's rise to power, develop successful careers in Hollywood), this edition features a newly recorded soundtrack by Elena Kats-Chernin.
An episodic tale of an average working class family in the interwar years. Narrated by Laurence Olivier and directed by David Lean, the story traces the melodrama caused by illicit affairs, family bereavement, the first ripples of women's liberation and political instability in the country during the General Strike. It highlights the fact that these internal wranglings are all happening in one house in an average street, and that each average house has its own dramatic stories to tell. Adapted from Noel Coward's stage play.
An unexploded bomb goes off in Pimlico, uncovering documents which reveal that this part of London in fact belongs to Burgundy in France. An automonous state is set up in a spirit of optimism, but the petty squabbles of everyday life soon shatter the Utopian vision of a non-restrictive nation. This Ealing classic earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.
It's Christmas 1940 and the people of Everytown, unprepared and ill-equipped, find themselves at war against an enemy who has been planning such a conflict for years.
The land is devastated by the horrors of aerial bombardment as the war drags on for thirty years, causing a period of despair, with feudal tyrants ruling a downtrodden populace suffering famine and pestilence.
Can the human race rise above its desperate circumstances and build a scientific Utopia?
In black & white.
Director John Ford's classic tale of a childhood spent in a turn-of-the-century Welsh mining village. Focusing on one family and their six sons, the action is seen through the eyes of young Huw (Roddy McDowall), and charts the everyday struggles of the local community. Nominated in the same year as 'Citizen Kane', 'The Maltese Falcon', 'The Little Foxes' and 'Suspicion', 'How Green Was My Valley' won the Oscar for Best Picture and also earned Ford the award for Best Director.
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.
Fred Zinnemann directs this award-winning adaptation of Robert Bolt's historical play. Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) has to wrestle with his conscience when he is appointed Lord Chancellor of England by King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw). The King wishes More's support in his decision to divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon, in favour of Anne Boleyn (Vanessa Redgrave). When More refuses and resigns from his office, he falls foul of a plot by Thomas Cromwell (Leo McKern) to remove him permanently. The film won six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Scofield) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material from Another Medium.
Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight star in John Schlesinger's Oscar-winning drama based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy. Texan dishwasher Joe Buck (Voight) dreams of making it big in New York. Convinced that he can make his fortune providing sexual favours for wealthy women, he makes the move to the Big Apple. Unfortunately, the first woman he beds down with, Cass (Sylvia Miles), doesn't have any money to speak of, and borrows some of his. At this point, sleazy street-hustler Enrico 'Ratso' Rizzo (Hoffman) enters the frame, offering to become Joe's 'manager'. The only engagement he can arrange is with a gay Christian (John McGiver), but Joe and Ratso soon become close friends, fantasizsng to each other about the millions they are going to make. The film won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, while both Hoffman and Voight were nominated for Best Actor.
The high-society Howard household is in for a suprise when it hires the multi-talented Richard (Michael Wilding) as a servant. Not only does he possess a perfect aristocratic style, he also plays boogie-woogie piano and sports an old Etonian tie. What is his secret? How can such a perfect exemplar of upper-class elegance have ended up working in service? A smitten Judy Howard (Anna Neagle) determines to find out.
Allan Moyle directs this cult 1980s tale of teenage rebellion on the streets of New York. Nicky (Robin Johnson), a punk rock wannabe with an attitude to match, and Pamela (Trini Alvarado), the lost and lonely child of a rich but distant father, meet in a New York mental institute. Despite the vast contrast in their personalities and upbringings, the two girls click and hatch a plan to escape. While on the run the pair duly indulge in punk rock excess, forming a band, The Sleez Sisters, and earning the attention of DJ Johnny DeGuardia (Tim Curry). With fame and a better life beckoning, can the girls stay true to themselves and each other?
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