The Lady Eve: Sweet Revenge
Hollywood has never produced a comedy more acutely witty, more sexually playful, or more unexpectedly moving than this flawlessly engineered masterpiece by Preston Sturges.
The Story of Temple Drake: Notorious
Often credited with inciting full enforcement of the Hays Code, this harrowing melodrama is one of the few Faulkner adaptations that successfully evokes the writer’s distinctive ambience and unsettling contradictions.
The Killers: A Decisive Reversal of Values
The Sword of Doom: Calligraphy in Blood
Red River: The Longest Drive
Howard Hawks was both a skillful Hollywood craftsman and a deeply personal artist, and this western of uncommon wit and grandeur is among his greatest and quirkiest films.
Blithe Spirit: Present Magic
The Lady Vanishes: All Aboard!
Beauty and the Beast: Dark Magic
The Mikado: Celluloid Savoy
High and Low: Between Heaven and Hell
Akira Kurosawa’s propensity for adapting European classics—Dostoyevsky (The Idiot), Shakespeare (Throne of Blood), Gorky (The Lower Depths)—earned him a label, both abroad and at home, as the most “Western” of Japanese directors, even thoug…