William A. WellmanWings is the first film to win the Academy Award® for Best Picture. Featuring a meticulous restoration and a newly recorded soundtrack based on the original score. This timeless story of love and loss follows two men who go to war and the girl they leave behind. Popular Twenties “It” girl Clara Bow stars with Richard Arlen, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Gary Cooper in a legendary cameo appearance.
Edward D. Wood Jr.An all time B-movie classic explodes on the screen in all its cheesy glory! Ed Wood (Plan 9 From Outer Space) directs screen legend Bela Lugosi in a bizarre tale of a mad scientist who, along with his servant Lobo (the gigantic Swedish wrestler Tor Johnson, in a role he was born to play), attempts to create an army of superhuman mutants. Features the famous scene in which Lugosi "wrestles" with a giant rubber octopus. There are thrills (and laughs) aplenty in this enduring and endearing camp masterpiece.
Edward D. Wood Jr.Glen is in love with Barbara. Beautiful, kind, loving and sophisticated. Barbara is everything a man could want or need in a woman. But what if that man's wants and needs ran to the extreme? Glen has a terrible secret which threatens to destroy all of his hopes for a happily-ever-after with his lady. Glen or Glenda? unashamedly follows the torment of a man trying to hide his true nature from those who would judge him. Legend Films is proud to bring you this cult hit - which boasts as the first full-length feature by Ed Wood, Jr. - now expertly restored and in color!
Richard QuineWilliam Holden and Nancy Kwan star in this soul-searching look at an East-meets-West romance. He's a struggling American artist who's down on his luck. She's a beautiful Chinese prostitute who captures his heart. The scenery is as spectacular as the colorful and exotic streets of Hong Kong in this wonderfully warm story about the strength of true love.
Jean-Pierre LefebvreThis film, a kind of sketch, is directed with total freedom, without any concession to any kind of censorship. It seeks to remind the viewer that voyeurism stems from the way we look at things and human beings, not from the things and human beings themselves.
Norman TaurogThe year was 1960. A payola scandal shocks the music world. Movie fans are introduced to glorious Smell-O-Vision. The 50-star flag is adopted. And in G.I. Blues, Elvis adopts an on-screen persona he knows well in real life – a singin' G.I. in West Germany. Eager to open a stateside nightclub after his hitch in khakis, he takes part in a wager to raise the dough he needs. The bet: he can melt the iceberg heart of a willowy dancer (Juliet Prowse). But all bets may be off when real love intervenes...
Roberto RosselliniKarin, a displaced Lithuanian in Italy, escapes the internment camp by marrying an Italian fisherman, a prisoner of war, whom she met in the camp on the other side of the barbed wire. He promises her a great life on his home island of Stromboli, a volcanic island located between mainland Italy and Sicily. She soon discovers that Stromboli is very harsh and barren, not at all what she expected, and its very traditional and conservative inhabitants treat this strange, foreign woman with hostility and disdain.
Gillo PontecorvoThe Battle Of Algiers tells the story of the life-and-death struggle between the French colonial government of Algeria and the Algerian Liberation Front, the FLN, who wanted the French out and were willing to set off bombs to do it. The French sent in their elite Paratroopers with the order to use Any Means to break the insurgent - torture included. It’s a true story, done on location with many of the FLN appearing in it, including the producer who was an FLN leader. This film is a passionate yet completely impartial record of struggle which led to Algeria’s Independence.
Billy WilderTwo worthy Academy Award® nominees from 1950's Sunset Boulevard – actor William Holden and director Billy Wilder – reteamed three years later for the gripping World War II drama, Stalag 17. The result was another Best Director nomination for Wilder (his fourth), and the elusive Best Actor Oscar® for Holden. Holden portrays the jaded, scheming Sergeant J.J. Sefton, a prisoner at the notorious German prison camp, who spends his days dreaming up rackets and trading with the Germans for special privileges. But when two prisoners are killed in an escape attempt, it becomes obvious that there is a spy among the prisoners. Is it Sefton? Famed producer/director Otto Preminger tackles a rare acting role as the camp's commandant; actor Robert Strauss won a Supporting Actor nomination for his role as "Animal."
Joseph McGrathCelebrating fifty years, this brazen and wild social satire is relevant as ever. Rich, bored Peter Sellers adopts street vagrant Ringo Starr as his son and they set out to prove a theory: people will do anything for money.
Rudolph MatéAn impending collision with a runaway star signals the destruction of Earth. The government refuses to listen to scientists, but private industrialists finance the building of a spaceship, which will carry a limited number of people to another planet to begin a new civilization. As doomsday approaches, they race against time and the panic of those who will be left behind. The potential pulverizing impact of the collision, the massive tidal waves and devastating earthquakes, and the final cosmic smashup make a chilling panorama of disaster. The balance between human and planetary drama is excellently maintained as the movie builds to its fascinating, unforgettable climax.
Roger CormanTHE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is a hilarious cult classic featuring Jack Nicholson (Batman, Chinatown, The Shining) in one of his earliest roles. Things are not looking so good for Mr. Mushnick and his quaint flower shop in Skid Row, as he & his misfit employees sell only a few carnations a day. After Seymour messes up yet another order, Mr. Mushnick has had enough. In order to save his job, Seymour brings in a unique plant that he has created and raised himself. Reluctantly, Mr. Mushnick agrees to give Seymour one week to get the plant looking healthy in order to attract new customers to see his exotic new creation. When Seymour realizes that not only can the plant talk, but also that it craves human blood, things quickly spin out of control. Watch as the chaos unfolds in this original cult classic from legendary filmmaker Roger Corman.
Gregory La CavaMy Man Godfrey is one of the top Screwball Comedies of all time- a story of a wealthy New York family in the 1930's that brings in Godfrey, a destitute and "Forgotten Man" as their butler. William Powell plays the leading role brilliantly, and gives the family a madcap ride they will never forget. My Man Godfrey was the first film to receive Oscar® nominations in all four acting categories, including stunning performances by William Powell and Carole Lombard. Presented here beautifully restored and in color for the first time, this is the definitive edition of My Man Godfrey.
Blake EdwardsThe U.S.S. Sea Tiger is on it's last legs until the submarine captain and his ingenious (if slightly unethical) supply officer scavenge the parts and supplies needed to get their dry-dock sub back into WWII action. However, a bevy of beautiful nurses comes aboard, causing hijinks in the hot pink sub. The inimitable pairing of Grant and Curtis, as the irascible captain and his sleazy subordinate, make the film a true classic.
Roberto RosselliniA well-to-do English couple travel to Naples after inheriting a villa - as the cracks in their tepid and conventional marriage start to appear they drift apart both emotionally and physically with increasing bitterness. Starring Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders as the increasingly estranged couple, Roberto Rossellini's Journey to Italy represents a shift away from Italian neo-realism to a more nuanced examination of life's complexity.
Jack NicholsonJack Nicholson returns as private eye Jake Gittes in this atmospheric Chinatown follow-up that's hit upon "the elusive sequel formula for somehow enhancing a great original" (Mike Clark, USA Today). Much has changed since we last saw Jake. The war has come and gone; 1948 Los Angeles teems with optimism and fast bucks. But there's one thing Jake knows hasn't changed: "Nine times out of ten, if you follow the money you will get to the truth." And that's the trail he follows when a routine case of marital hanky panky explodes into a murder that's tied to a grab for oil--and to Jake's own past.
Billy WilderA cave collapse in New Mexico traps a man, and all eyes turn toward the tragedy... including those of Charles "Chuck" Tatum (Kirk Douglas), a washed-up newspaper reporter who sees the incident as a ticket back to his former days at the top of the journalism heap. As the media circus begins to swirl around the trapped man's plight, Tatum takes command of the situation, embellishing the unfolding drama and prolonging the rescue effort … while feeding stories to the nation's reporters clamoring to cover the event. He's become the self-anointed mastermind behind what soon becomes a national media sensation - and he's desperately determined to milk it for all it is work. Celebrated director Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, The Apartment) mixes gritty cynicism with a superb cast - Douglas, Jan Sterling (The High and the Mighty), Robert Arthur (Just For You), Frank Cady (The Bad Seed) - in this powerful, fascinating study of the dark side of the human soul.
Daniel SchmidMeet the inhabitants of the "Casa di Riposa" in Milan, the world’s first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896. In his documentary film Tosca’s Kiss, which has developed an underground cult following over the years and is a favorite among opera and music lovers worldwide, director Daniel Schmid has captured a world in which these wonderful singers (many of whom had significant careers on the opera stage) re-live and re-enact their triumphant roles of the glorious past. Tosca’s Kiss is a touching and often hilarious film on the subject of aging and the power and timeless capacity of music to inspire.
Martin RittAnthony Quinn and Sophia Loren star as longtime widower Frank and recently widowed Rose, lonely hearts who discover something special in The Black Orchid, a sensitive comedy romance directed by Martin Ritt (Norma Rae, Murphy's Romance). What they discover is each other - and a love that restores joy in their lives. Yet before they can say "I do," Frank's daughter says "No you don't!" With all the heart and courage they possess, Frank and Rose work to win over his daughter and to rescue Rose's son from a path that has him headed for reform school. Love may be better the second time around... but for Frank and Rose it's also a lot more complicated!
Michael GornickThree more creepy tales from horror maestros George A. Romero and Stephen King. In 'Old Chief Wood'nhead' a wooden cigar-store Indian comes to life and avenges the store-owner's death; in 'The Hitchhiker' a rich woman is terrorised by a hitcher; in 'The Raft' a group teenagers out swimming find themselves under attack from a mysterious craft.
Ken AnnakinIt was a race to the finish... if only they could finish. It's "Monte Carlo or Bust" as Tony Curtis, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore lead a riotous road rally in this 1920s-era delight. Curtis is a distracted playboy racing the irrepressible Terry-Thomas for ownership of an auto plant, and trying to win the attentions of beautiful Susan Hampshire along the way. Cook and Moore play a team of bumbling British officers who survive every peril by the skin of their teeth (and the seat of their pants!). And Gert Frobe (Goldfinger) is the escaped convict more interested in smuggling than driving. Hang on for a fall-down-funny, knock-down-everything caravan of comedy where the laugh's the limit!
Robert AltmanFollowing 24 characters through 5 days in the country music capital, Robert Altman's 1975 epic presents a complexly textured portrayal (and critique) of American obsessions with celebrity and power. Among the various stars, aspirants, hangers-on, observers, and media folk are politically ambitious country icon and his fragile star protegée, a self-absorbed rock star who woos a lonely married gospel singer, a talentless waitress painfully humiliated at her first singing gig, a runaway wife with dreams of stardom, and a campaign guru who is trying to organize a concert rally for an unseen presidential candidate. Featuring the award winning song, “I’m Easy,” Nashville is regarded one of the greatest American films ever made.
Basil DeardenOliver Reed and Diana Rigg head an impeccable cast in The Assassination Bureau, a spirited caper inspired by a book co-written by Jack London. Reed plays Ivan, the self-confident chief of an association of hitmen for hire, who will refuse no well-paid offer - especially the lucrative challenge of an aspiring reporter (Rigg). Reasoning that a running cat-and-mouse duel with his henchmen will rid the organization of incompetents, Ivan agrees to become the object of a nonstop hunt. The game is afoot... and Europe is the playground!
Michael RadfordOne of the most moving and poetic films ever made, Michael Radford’s epoch-making IL POSTINO (aka The Postman) is now presented in a stunning restored version. Telling the fictional story of the real-life Nobel laureate poet Pablo Neruda’s exile to a tiny island off Italy where, being a high-profile figure, he receives such huge quantities of mail that the local post office must hire an extra postman: Il Postino. Though shy and poorly educated, our postman (Massimo Troisi) is so intrigued by Neruda (Philippe Noiret ‘Cinema Paradiso’) that he devises ploys to engage the attention of the great poet. The unlikely duo become friends as Neruda is charmed by the fresh simplicity of the postman whose love for poetry he then applies to woo local beauty, Beatrice (Maria Grazia Cucinotta ‘The World is Not Enough’). Framed by an unforgettable Oscar-winning score by Luis Bacalov, the duo’s on-screen charm, coupled with Radford’s unobtrusive yet inspired direction, make this an undi
Robert De NiroDirected by acclaimed Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro ('Goodfellas,' 'The Godfather: Part II') and adapted from Chazz Palminteri's successful one-man play, 'A Bronx Tale' is a character-driven crime drama. Growing up in the Bronx in the 1960s, an adolescent is torn between his working-class father and a violent yet charismatic crime boss.
John FordA tired American ex-boxer returns to his native hamlet in Ireland to win the hand of a spirited young woman. He is confronted by strict local customs and the woman's belligerent brother. Set in the verdant Irish countryside, this lively film has beautiful scenery, brilliant repartee, and local charm.
Jerry LewisJerry Lewis directed, co-wrote and starred in this riotously funny movie that set a new standard for screen comedy and inspired the hit remake. Lewis plays a timid, nearsighted chemistry teacher who discovers a magical potion that can transform him into a suave and handsome Romeo. The Jekyll and Hyde game works well enough until the concoction starts to wear off at the most embarrassing times, and the professor begins to suffer hilarious symptoms of his personality split. Co-starring Stella Stevens.
Sydney PollackIn Sydney Pollack's critically acclaimed suspense-thriller, Robert Redford (SPY GAME) stars as CIA Agent Joe Turner. Code name: Condor. When his entire office is massacred, Turner goes on the run from his enemies…and his so-called allies. After reporting the murders to his superiors, the organization wants to bring Condor in – but somebody is trying to take him out. In his frantic hunt for answers, and in a desperate run for his life, Turner abducts photographer Kathy Hale) Faye Dunaway, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR), eventually seducing her into helping him. Every twist leads Condor to the end of his nerves…and will take you to the edge of your seat. With nowhere to turn and no one to trust, Turner realizes his most dangerous enemy may be closer than he ever feared. And as he zeroes in on the truth, he discovers there are some secrets people would kill to keep.
Joy Batchelor & Johan HalasThe first feature-length British animated film to be given a theatrical release, this landmark 1954 adaptation brilliantly conveys all the horror and humour of George Orwell’s scathing satire on the corruption of Communist ideals and the Soviet Union’s slide into totalitarianism. Animal Farm remains an outstanding achievement for award-winning animators John Halas and Joy Batchelor; actor and singer Gordon Heath narrates, and the characters are voiced by Maurice Denham.
Inspired by the dream of Old Major, a prize boar, the overworked animals of Manor Farm rise up against their negligent, drunken human owner and drive him out. Led by two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, they establish their own self-sufficient farm, but as the farm flourishes it begins to slide into dictatorship…
Walter HillA battle of gigantic proportions is looming in the neon underground of New York City. The armies of the night number 100,000; they outnumber the police 5 to 1; and tonight they're after the Warriors—a street gang blamed unfairly for a rival gang leader's death. This contemporary action-adventure story takes place at night, underground, in the sub-culture of gang warfare that rages from Coney Island to Manhattan to the Bronx. Members of the Warriors fight for their lives, seek to survive in the urban jungle and learn the meaning of loyalty. This intense and stylized film is a dazzling achievement for cinematographer Andrew Laszlo.
Federico FelliniFellini is unanimously named by film critics and filmmakers as one of the greatest directors of all time and his 8 1/2 is considered a masterpiece and one of the most important films ever made. It won two Oscars including Best Foreign Film. A film director (a magnificent Marcello Mastroianni) is struggling to find the creativity required to deliver his next movie and consequently is being harassed by his producers, colleagues as well as his wife (Anouk Aimée) and his mistress (Sandra Milo). In order to escape his tormentors, the director retreats in dreamy recollections of his life and lovers, until fantasy and reality merge in the director's mind - and on the screen - in a dazzling spectacle ending in a triumph of optimism.
Alejandro JodorowskyAlejandro Jodorowsky is one of world cinema's most fabled iconoclasts. In 'The Holy Mountain', Jodorowsky plays The Alchemist, a guru who guides a troupe of pilgrims on a quest to ascend the Holy Mountain in search of spiritual enlightenment.
Brian Desmond HurstChristmas is not a time of celebration for the tight-fisted Ebenezer Scrooge (Alistair Sim). Scrooge turns aside all charity, treats his overworked clerk Bob Cratchit (Mervyn Johns) with contempt and regards all kindness as 'humbug'. One night, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley (Michael Hordern), his late business partner.
Steve RashBuddy Holly laid the foundations for a generation of popular music with his ground-breaking combination of country music and rhythm & blues. This film tells his story from its explosive beginning to its tragic end with Gary Busey giving an electrifying performance as the young genius from Lubbock, Texas, who changed the tune of rock 'n' roll history. Young Buddy's studious appearance gave no hint of the new music which was about to take the world by storm. His unique brand of rock 'n' roll catapulted him and the Crickets to national stardom in just three short years with hits such as ''That'll Be The Day'' and ''Peggy Sue''. Despite opposition from the mainly redneck Texas community, his mother who nagged him to get a proper job and his girlfriend who wanted to tame him, by the age of 22, Holly had it all but the trials and tribulations of fame began to take its toll and his brilliant career ended in tragedy all too quickly. The Buddy Holly Story is one of the best biopics ever produce
Cy EndfieldZULU is one of the great movies, an epic adventure of courage in the face of incredible odds. Based on a true story it tells the amazing tale of 100 British soldiers who stood fast against an overwhelming force of 4,000 of the Zulu nations mightiest warriors in the defence of Rorkes Drift in 1879. Superbly photographed in Technirama, few other movies have grippingly captured the tension and terror of combat as wave upon wave of warriors is unleashed on the tiny garrison. Set amongst stunning South African scenery, ZULU is a landmark action film and a fitting tribute to some of the most magnificent acts of heroism in the history of warfare. Michael Caine’s role as the arrogant but courageous Lt. Bromhead brought him international fame, and there are powerful performances from other great British actors including Stanley Baker and Jack Hawkins.
Emile De AntonioProduced at the height of the Vietnam War, Emile de Antonio's Oscar-nominated 1968 documentary chronicles the war's historical roots. With palpable outrage, De Antonio assembles period interviews with journalists, politicians, and key military personnel and international newsreel and archival footage to create a scathing chronicle of America's escalating involvement in this divisive conflict. The savage and horrific images speak for themselves in perhaps the most controversial film of de Antonio's career, and the film he cites as his personal favourite.
Robert AltmanIn this hilarious black comedy from iconic director Robert Altman, infamous Hollywood studio executive Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins, 'The Shawshank Redemption') receives death threats from an anonymous writer whose script he rejected - but can he figure out which one before they make good on their promise?
Edward SobolThis delightful Christmas special stars the brilliant comedy team of Abbott and Costello as they perform on The Colgate Comedy Hour. The show also features Margaret Whiting, The Nicholas Brothers, Buster Shaver and Olive and Tom and Jerry. Included are skits, singing, dancing and commercials. In color for the first time, digitally re-mastered and restored!
Blake EdwardsJulie Andrews made a bid to change her squeaky clean image with this elaborately mounted WWI musical. Lili Smith (Andrews) is a popular British music hall singer who is regarded as a femme fatale and has been known to throw a bit of striptease into her act. However, Lili has a secret: she's actually a German spy, and the uncle she dotes upon is really Von Ruger (Jeremy Kemp), a fellow espionage agent and her contact for the Huns. In hopes of gaining valuable information, Lili begins using her feminine wiles on Maj. William Larrabee (Rock Hudson), a top American pilot. However, Lili soon discovers that she's falling in love with Larrabee and can't find the courage to betray him; Larrabee discovers Lili's secret, but he refuses to turn her in.
Richard QuineWilliam Holden portrays a screenwriter with a script deadline in three days. When he asks secretary Audrey Hepburn to help concoct ideas, she acts out a potpourri of preposterous plots. Beautifully shot on location in Paris by famed cinematographer Claude Renoir.
Michael CurtizA mother's love can lead to murder! Joan Crawford delivers an Academy Award-winning performance as a woman clawing her way to success to provide her daughters with everything she lacks, a woman named Mildred Pierce. Dying of gunshot wounds, Monte Beragon (Zachary Scott) croaks the name "Mildred." The police believe he has named his murderer ... and Pierce confesses to the crime. Now, as her story unfolds, the police learn of a woman who divorces her philandering husband, takes a job as a waitress and does anything to achieve success--only to be betrayed by the daughter she adores.
Charles LamontOur exclusive film anthology is taken from Shirley Temple's personal collection. Capturing the first work Shirley ever did in show business, these rare short films, made in 1932, are the ones that launched her to stardom. Shirley presents them here, for the first time - expertly restored and presented in beautiful color! Contains seven wonderful short films - Kid 'in Hollywood, Glad Rags to Riches, War Babies, Kid 'in Africa, The Kid's Last Fight, Pie Covered Wagon, and Polly Tix in Washington.
UnknownThe best moments from the most comical duo in film history: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy! This compilation features some of the funniest scenes from the comedies that made this pair into household names. See Stan and Ollie sing “Good Ole’ Summertime” in the freezing winter weather, watch them bumble their way through a hostile jail takeover, and be witness as hijinks ensue when Stan and Ollie’s twin brothers, Bert and Alf, unknowingly come to town. Legend Films is proud to present these classic moments in comedy, now restored and presented in color for the very first time!
Franklin J. SchaffnerConvicted murderer Henri Charriere, known as ‘Papillon’, is transported to French Guiana to serve his sentence in a work camp. Determined to escape, Papillon forms an unlikely relationship with the frail but notorious forger Louis Dega, who reluctantly joins in the attempt. Despite the brutal conditions and constant threats of betrayal, Papillon leads a desperate escape off the island.
Don SiegelSteve McQueen delivers a powerful, gripping performance as a defiant loner whose skills as a soldier make him invaluable to his struggling platoon. In the heat of battle during World War II, McQueen and his fellow soldiers find themselves severely outnumbered as they hold off a Nazi advance along the Siegfried Line in France. Using only their ingenuity and bravery, they must bluff the Germans in order to buy some time…and save their lives. Don Siegel directs the explosive action led by an all-star cast, including Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, Harry Guardino, James Coburn, Nick Adams and Bob Newhart. If they can fool the enemy long enough for reinforcements to arrive, victory is theirs.
Stanley DonenJo Stockton can only get to Paris to meet with the beatnik founder of "empathicalism" (a idea that implores you to "put yourself into others shoes" in order to 'empathize' with them) if she agrees to model a line of ultra-chic fashions for photographer Dick Avery. Paris provides the backdrop for this blend of Gershwin music and Givenchy fashion.
David LynchFrom revered filmmaker David Lynch, and starring John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins, The Elephant Man is an extraordinary and intensely moving true story of bravery and humanity. John Merrick (John Hurt) is The Elephant Man, forced into circus sideshows and spurned by society because of the disfiguring disabilities he was born with. Rescued by a well meaning surgeon (Anthony Hopkins), he tries to escape a life of prejudice and cruelty as he tries to fit into a world ruled by Victorian sensibilities. Beautifully shot in black and white by the incomparable Freddie Francis, The Elephant Man is an unforgettable story of human dignity and survival.
Alfred HitchcockCary Grant plays John Robie, reformed jewel thief who was once known as "The Cat," in this suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller. Robie is suspected of a new rash of gem thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera, and he must set out to clear himself. Meeting pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly), he sees a chance to bait the mysterious thief with her mother's (Jessie Royce Landis) fabulous jewels. His plan backfires, however, but France, who believes him guilty, proves her love by helping him escape. In a spine-tingling climax, the real criminal is exposed.
Peter BogdanovichThe year is 1936. Orphaned Addie Loggins (Tatum O'Neal, in her film debut) is left in the care of unethical traveling Bible salesman Moses Pray (Ryan O'Neal, Tatum's dad), who may or may not be her father. En route to Addie's relatives, Moses learns that the 9-year-old is quite a handful: she smokes, cusses, and is almost as devious and manipulative as he is. They join forces as swindlers, working together so well that Addie is averse to breaking up the team — which is one reason that she sabotages the romance between Moses and good-time gal Trixie Delight (Madeline Kahn). Later, while attempting to square a $200 debt that Addie claims he owes her, Moses runs afoul of of a bootlegger (John Hillerman) and is nearly beaten to death by the criminal's twin-brother sheriff. Painfully pulling himself together, Moses gets Addie to her relatives, whereupon she adamantly refuses to leave his side. Photographed in black-and-white by Laszlo Kovacs, the film was made largely on location in Kansa
Yasujiro OzuA constant fixture in critics' polls, Yasujiro Ozu's most enduring masterpiece, 'Tokyo Story', is a beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret. From the simple tale of an elderly husband and wife's visit to Tokyo to see their grown-up children, Ozu draws a compelling contrast between the measured dignity of age and the hurried insensitivity of a younger generation. The later films of Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu are marked by a striking uniformity of theme and form. These are stories of family life involving inevitable rupture, as things change, daughters marry, widowers grow old. Ozu films this bittersweet natural progression in his unmistakably controlled, minimal style, typified by head-on shots with the camera at the height of a seated observer.
Vittorio De SicaHeralded as the greatest film ever made on release, winning an Oscar in 1949 and topping the Sight and Sound film poll in 1952, De Sica's seminal work of Italian neorealism has had an impact on cinema worldwide from release to the present day, with filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray and Ken Loach claiming the film as a direct influence on their own films. Bicycle Thieves tells the story of Antonio, a long unemployed man who finally finds employment putting up cinema posters, for which he needs a bicycle. His wife pawns all the family linen to redeem the already pawned bicycle and for Antonio salvation has come, until the bicycle is stolen. Antonio and his son take to the streets in a desperate search to find the bicycle, which will keep them away from poverty and humiliation, but amidst a sea of bicycles and without proof, the search is fruitless. Bicycle Thieves tells us much about the position of Italians in post-War, post-Fascist Italy, as well as the relationship between father and so
Federico FelliniFellini is one of the most original and creative minds of the 20th Century, unanimously ranked one of the greatest directors of all time, his iconic masterpiece, La Dolce Vita is always at the very top of polls. It's a spectacular and acutely relevant soul-searching portrait of celebrity-obsessed culture in which Mastroianni plays a tabloid journalist who yearns to write seriously, but gets his sensationalist gossip stories by non-stop partying and sleeping with socialites; this apparent sweet-life - "la dolce vita" - both excites and repels him.. One of the most influential movies of all time, it finally gets the release it deserves in this new restored HD version filled with iconic images of the 1960s such as the mesmerizing sequence of Anita Ekberg's frolicking in the Trevi Fountain. Not only did "Dolce Vita" and "Felliniesque" become modern-day words, but it also coined the term "paparazzi" (after the hero’s persistent photographer sidekick)
Giuseppe TornatoreWinner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, Cinema Paradiso tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director, returning to his native Sicilian village for the funeral of his old friend Alfredo. He was the projectionist at the local Cinema Paradiso where Salvatore spent the happiest times of his childhood and developed his love of film. To the fatherless young boy Alfredo became a father figure who guided and loved him. His return also brings back poignant memories of his teenage love, Elena, whom he had to leave in order to pursue his dream.
Vincente MinnelliSuperstar Barbra Streisand headlines this magical musical directed by Vincente Minnelli, adapted from the Alan Jay Lerner Broadway show. Chain-smoking kooky Daisy consults psychiatrist Chabot to help her stop smoking, only to discover she has amazing ESP powers. While under hypnosis, she reveals her former life as Melinda, an 1840 English coquette. What follows is a comedy/drama/fantasy love triangle unlike any other.
Michael CurtizCasablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you're wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one, especially Victor's wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart. Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more - personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance.
Sergio LeoneDirected by Sergio Leone, this epic Western re-established the genre, and still stands as one of the greatest, artistic films of all time. Henry Fonda stars as Frank, a ruthless murderous psychopath who feels no remorse, even after annihilating Mrs. McBain’s (Claudia Cardinale) entire family. Charles Bronson plays The Man, a harmonica wielding loner who will never forget how his brother was savagely tortured. The Man joins forces with Cheyenne (Jason Robards), the man wrongfully accused of murdering Mrs. McBain’s family, to put an end once and for all to Frank’s reign of terror.