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Singin' in the Rain (1952)
An American in Paris (1951)
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
On the Town (1949)
Classic wartime propaganda thriller based on a short story by Graham Greene. During the Second World War, a platoon of German paratroopers plan to place a signalling device in an English village in preparation for an upcoming invasion. Disguised as British troops, all goes according to plan until vigilant local postmistress Mrs Collins (Muriel George) has her suspicions aroused by some clues left by the Germans. Unfortunately, respected villager Oliver Wilsford (Leslie Banks), the man who she informs of her suspicions, is actually a fifth columnist in league with the enemy. With the Germans now aware that the game is up, they quickly revert to their back-up plan and take the entire village hostage. As they try to maintain an appearance of normality in the village, the Germans soon find themselves beset by the heroic attempts of the villagers to raise the alarm to the outside world.
Sinister events bring together a writer (David Soul) fascinated with an old hilltop house, a suave antiques dealer (James Mason) whose expertise goes beyond bric-a-brac and the dealer's mysterious, pale-skinned "partner" (Reggie Nalder).
The solid supporting cast of vampire victims and fighters includes Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, Elisha Cook, Ed Flanders, George Dzundza, Lance Kerwin, Geoffrey Lewis and Marie Windsor. It's hard to keep the undead down. And so easy to be scared in Salem's Lot.
George Sanders returns as Simon Templar, aka 'The Saint', for the final time in this 1940s crime drama. When a stamp enthusiast is killed before he gets the chance to hand his valuable collection over to his daughter, Elna (Wendy Barrie), Templar heads to Palm Springs in his place to deliver it to her. With the help of former criminal turned detective Clarence 'Pearly' Gates (Paul Gilfoyle), The Saint must protect Elna from a mob of murderous thieves.
British drama about a speedway racer, starring Dirk Bogarde. Bill Fox (Bogarde) is a factory worker in 1930s England who quits his job to become a motorbike rider. Success goes to his head, and he leaves his wife (Sandra Dorne) for socialite Pat (Renee Asherson), but when tragedy strikes on the track he returns to his wife, and joins a union to fight for riders' rights.
A compilation of opera and ballet highlights featuring artists including Bryn Terfel, Cecilia Bartoli, Anne Sofie von Otter, Jose Cura, Simon Keenlyside and Agnes Letestu. The repertoire comprises: Verdi's Il Trovatore: Gypsy Chorus (Royal Opera House), Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake: Entrance of Swans - Act 2 (Paris Opera Ballet), Mozart's The Magic Flute: Queen of the Night aria - Act 2 (Royal Opera House), Puccini's La Boheme: Che Gelida Manina! (Teatro Real); Bizet's Carmen: Habanera (Glyndebourne), Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream: Divertissement - Act 2 (Pacific Northwest Ballet), Puccini's Gianni Schicchi: O Mio Babbino Caro (Glyndebourne), Strauss's Die Fledermaus: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka (Glyndebourne), Rameau's Zoroastre: Entr'acte: Ouverture/A Mes Tristes Regards - Act 2/Scene 1 (Drottningholm Theatre), Rossini's La Cenerentola: Signora Altezza - Act 1 (Glyndebourne), Bellini's Norma: Casta Diva (De Nederlandse Opera), Balanchine's Jewels: Emeralds - Final (Paris Opera Ballet), Cecilia and Bryn at Glyndebourne and Mozart's Die Zauberflote: Pa-pa-pa-pa duet (Glyndebourne).
A double-bill of Gracie Fields musical comedies. In 'Sally in Our Alley' (1931), Sally Winch (Fields) is a plucky young woman hailing from Lancashire but hard at work in a cafe in the East End of London. Despite her outwardly jolly demeanour and endless singing, Sally hides a dark secret in her heart - the man she loved died in the First World World War and she can't stop loving him. But in truth George isn't dead, he was terribly injured and though ashamed of his condition now wants her back. All would be well but for Sally's scheming room-mate who decides she wants George for herself... In 'Looking On the Brightside' (1932), Fields stars as manicurist Gracie, who falls in love with songwriting hairdresser Laurie (Richard Dolman). When Laurie gets a glimpse of the big time he starts forgetting his roots, and the girl who loves him. He sets his sights on a famous singer - but in the end he realises what matters and returns to Gracie.
Classic Ealing comedy in which a group of bank robbers struggle to silence the eccentric old lady who discovers their crime. Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) lives alone in King's Cross with her parrots. She has been led to believe that the group of men renting rooms from her, Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness), the Major (Cecil Parker), Louis (Herbert Lom), Harry (Peter Sellers) and One-Round (Danny Green), are classical musicians. However, when one of the group's cases gets caught in the door and opens to reveal, not a musical instrument, but a plethora of banknotes, the virtuous Mrs Wilberforce vows to go to the police with the identities of the men. The criminals agree that the old lady has to be killed to silence her, but will this be as straightforward as it sounds?
Ray Liotta plays Henry Hill, easily influenced and keen to live the good life. When he joins up with the local Mob family, all his dreams seemingly come true.
But living a life of crime, as Henry soon finds out, can be very dangerous. Especially when the guys in your crew, the Goodfellas, are psychotic and can't be trusted.
Covering a 30-year stretch in the lives of three key Mafia figures, this bold, unpredictable classic was one of the most powerful films of the 90's.
King Vidor's first Technicolor film tells the story of Robert Rogers, celebrated Indian fighter and leader of Rogers' Rangers. Set in 1759, the film follows the adventures of a young artist (Robert Young) and his roughneck friend (Walter Brennan) who, after a drunken escape from the angry father of the former's fiancee, join up at Crown Point to take off with Rogers (Spencer Tracy) and his band of veteran Indian fighters. Originally intended to be the first part of two, the film does not feature the adventurers in the Northwest Passage as this was to be covered in the unmade next instalment
Harrison Ford is prison escapee Dr Richard Kimble, a Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife and determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the one-armed man who actually committed the crime.
Tommy Lee Jones is Sam Gerard, an unrelenting bloodhound of a US Marsh They are hunted and hunter. And as directed by Andrew Davis, their nonstop chase has one exhilarating speed: all-out.
So catch him if you can. And catch 11-on-a-scale-of-ten train wreck (yes, the train is real), a plunge down a waterfall, a cat-and-mouse jaunt through a Chicago St Patrick's Day Parade and much more. Kimble doesn't stay in one place very long!
For generations the Stoner and Smith families have lived and worked on the canals. But now this idyllic way of life is threatened - the younger generation long to break away and discover life outside the barges. Ted Stoner (Robert Griffith) dreams of living in a big town but his girlfriend, Mary Smith (Jenny Laird), is more of a traditionalist - will their very different dreams tear them apart?
William Fitch (Will Hay, in his last film) is a disbarred barrister now summoned to court to face charges of sending begging letters. Falling back on his legal skills, Fitch manages to make mincemeat of the cross examining lawyer, Claude Bobbington (Claude Hulbert), and is found not guilty. However, this lucky streak does not last for long; a madman Fitch helped put in prison years earlier has now escaped, and is out for revenge. Fitch turns to Claude for help, but the pair fail to convince the constabulary that there is a real threat to Fitch's life, and are forced to track down the convict themselves.
Cult Australian biker film made in the 1970s. After one of their number witnesses the assassination of a leading ecological campaigner, members of the outlaw biker gang the Gravediggers Motorcycle Club - led by The Undertaker (Sandy Harbutt) - start getting killed off one by one. When undercover cop Stone (Ken Shorter) infiltrates the group in an attempt to track down the murderer, he manages to gain some hard-earned credibility with the bikers, and even some respect.
Dennis Hopper directs and stars in this American cult classic. Bikers Billy (Hopper) and Wyatt (Peter Fonda), having just smuggled a huge amount of cocaine across the border from Mexico to LA, sell their haul to the mysterious Connection (Phil Spector) and take off on their bikes in the hope of reaching New Orleans in time for the Mardi Gras festival. After being arrested in Texas for joining a street parade without having the required permit, they meet civil rights lawyer George Hanson (Jack Nicholson) who decides to join them on their journey.
Double bill of 1940s classics from Ealing Studios. In 'The Foreman Went to France' (1941), after his bosses have sold three machines for making fighter cannons to a French company, an English factory foreman (Clifford Evans) travels to France in 1940 in order to engineer the smuggling of the vital machinery out of the country before the invading Germans can get their hands on it. Whilst in France he meets two British soldiers (Tommy Trinder and Gordon Jackson) who agree to help him as it soon becomes a race against time. In 'Fiddlers Three' (1944), a couple of sailors (Trinder and Sonnie Hale) are on shore leave and decide to visit Stonehenge. Whilst there they rescue a damsel in distress (Frances Day) and all three get struck by lightning at midnight. This transports them back in time to ancient Rome and they find themselves slaves who very soon are on their way to the arena and the mouth of a lion.
This horror story stars George C. Scott as a music teacher who loses his family in a car accident and moves to Seattle in hopes of starting a new life in a grand old mansion.
Unfortunately, his new home turns out to be haunted by the troublesome ghost of a murdered child bent on revenge after 70 years of torment.
David Lean directs this classic adaptation of Dickens's novel about a young orphan who develops 'great expectations' after a mysterious benefactor pledges to sponsor his transformation into a gentleman. Pip (Anthony Wager) is visiting the graves of his deceased parents when he finds himself confronted by an escaped convict, Magwitch (Finlay Currie). Unfortunately for Pip, Magwitch isn't the only frightening adult he becomes acquainted with. When Miss Havisham (Martita Hunt), an eccentric old woman still dressed for the wedding at which she was abandoned by her groom years ago, seeks a playmate for her charge, Estella (Jean Simmons), it is Pip who is sent for. The boy quickly falls in love with Estella, though his hopes seem forlorn due to the gap in social standing between the two. When an older Pip (John Mills) discovers that he has a benefactor, he feels that Estella may be won, but has he read the situation correctly?
To commemorate Bette Davis' 100th birthday, this 6-disc collection from Warner Brothers features some of her best films, including:
When Richard the Lionheart (Ian Hunter), rightful King of England, is captured and held to ransom in Austria, his wicked brother, John (Claude Rains), sets himself upon the throne. Lone knight Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) dares to defy John, and sets out to pay the ransom by stealing from the wealthy as they pass through Sherwood Forest. He is aided by his band of merry men as he takes on the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Melville Cooper) and his henchman, Sir Guy of Gisborne (Basil Rathbone).
Early 1960s crime drama starring Sean Connery as Paddy Damion, a thief who is recruited by a mobster (Alfred Marks) to oversee his money collection. Paddy is no thug but takes the job because his partner (Kenneth Griffith) has been injured in a robbery and he feels obligated to support him. Marks is actually the puppet of criminal mastermind Zhernikov (Herbert Lom), who has the image of a respectable businessman, but is in fact manipulating the local mobsters for his own ends. Also in the mix are the beautiful Anya (Yvonne Romain), wannabe singer and Zhernikov's mistress, to whom Paddy immediately takes a shine, and Sayers (John Gregson) the dedicated cop trying to crack open organised crime.
Classic collection of the early films of Alec Guinness. In the classic Ealing comedy, 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (1949), young Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) vows to take revenge on his family, the D'Ascoynes, when he learns how they disinherited his mother. Working his way into their trust, Louis begins to bump off his distant relatives (all played by Alec Guinness) one by one, but complications set in when Edith D'Ascoyne (Valerie Hobson), the widow of his first victim, falls in love with him.
In 'Last Holiday' (1950), Guiness plays an agricultural salesman who finds out he has a short time to live. Taking a final holiday, he realises that he was actually a more interesting person than he allowed himself to be. In 'The Man In The White Suit' (1951), eccentric Sidney Stratton (Alec Guiness) is a laboratory cleaner in a textile factory, who invents a material that will neither wear out nor become dirty.
Initially hailed as a great discovery, Sidney's astonishing invention is suffocated by the management when they realise that if it never wears out, people will only ever have to purchase one suit of clothing. In 'The Captain's Paradise' (1953), Guinness stars as Mediterranean ferryboat Captain Henry St. James, who believes in the notion of 'a girl in every port'.
For Henry has a wife on both sides of the water. There is Maude (Celia Johnson) in Gibraltar and Nita (Yvonne DeCarlo) in Tangiers. Everything is perfect as long as neither woman decides to visit the other port.
In 'Barnacle Bill' (1957), Guiness plays retired Navy Captain Ambrose, who buys a decrepit amusement pier in 'Sandcastle-On-Sea' planning to turn it into a going concern. But when the local council object to the idea, planning to close the pier down, Ambrose has to use some lateral thinking to save the day.
James Stewart stars as Elwood P. Dowd, a wealthy alcoholic whose sunny disposition and drunken antics are tolerated by most of the citizens of his community.
That is, until Elwood begins to claim that he has a friend named Harvey who is an invisisble six foot rabbit. Elwood's snooty socialite sister, Veta, determined to marry off her daughter Myrtle to a respectable man, begins to plot to keep Elwood's lunacy from interfering.
Collection of all four films directed by Jean Vigo. 'L'Atalante' is a 1930s French romantic drama following river barge captain Jean (Jean DastÚ), who marries young country girl Juliette (Dita Parlo). Juliette joins the captain on his ship, L'Atalante, but soon grows restless and wishes to see Paris. Jean acquiesces and takes her to a cabaret in Paris where a peddler makes advances to her and arouses her husband's jealousy. When she sneaks off to the city he sets sail without her and it is up to the drunken old first mate, Jules (Michel Simon), to make amends and find Juliette. Also included are the director's two documentary shorts, 'A Propos de Nice' (1930) and 'Taris' (1931), and his comedy-drama short set in an oppressive boarding school, 'Zero de Conduite' (1933).
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