Le silence de la mer: Stranger in the House
In his first feature, Jean-Pierre Melville found subtly radical ways to adapt Vercors's underground French novel about quiet resistance against the German occupation.
On the Road with Zatoichi
He massages, he gambles, and he’s great with a blade. Who is this blind swordsman, anyway?
To Be or Not to Be: The Play’s the Thing
Ernst Lubitsch’s World War II–era high-wire act is a profound take on the absurdity cruelty of civilization and a perfect black comedy to boot.
Purple Noon: In Broad Sunlight
In René Clément’s sparkling but menacing anti-noir, the Mediterranean setting is as seductive as Alain Delon’s baby blues.