The Incredible Shrinking Man: Other Dimensions
This uncanny tale of existential anxiety stands out as the most rigorously pared-down American science-fiction film of the 1950s.
To the Tune of Mortality: “The Gondola Song” in Ikiru
A ballad from the 1910s becomes a precarious way station between life and death in Akira Kurosawa’s portrait of an ordinary man’s final days.
The Irishman: The Wages of Loyalty
Sprawling across more than half a century of American history, Martin Scorsese’s crime saga combines epic ambition with a mood of isolation and dissolution.
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 Master’s First Steps
In the string of early-career triumphs that established him as the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock captured his native England with a tactile immediacy.
Echoes of Tarkington
Unlike his adaptations of Shakespeare and Kafka, Orson Welles’s take on a Pulitzer Prize winner by Booth Tarkington is remarkably faithful to its source.
The Age of Innocence: Savage Civility
Martin Scorsese brought his trademark attentiveness to the intricacies of social custom to this devastating adaptation of an Edith Wharton novel.
Othello: In Pieces
The result of a tumultuous production, Orson Welles’s eccentric take on Othello infuses the play with a convulsive rhythm and disorienting sense of abstraction.
Barry Lyndon: Time Regained
In this lavishly mounted epic, Stanley Kubrick captures the ghostly ephemerality of a vanishing world with paradoxical immediacy.
The Asphalt Jungle: “A Left-Handed Form of Human Endeavor”
John Huston’s meticulously calibrated crime film combines nail-biting suspense with a mood of Chekhovian regret.
Cat People: Darkness Betrayed
Cloaked in chiaroscuro and innuendo, this stylistically innovative creature feature leaves its greatest horrors to the imagination.
Kwaidan: No Way Out
Masaki Kobayashi takes on broken vows and the unreality of the past in his sensual and spooky four-part adaptation of Lafcadio Hearn’s Japanese folktales.
Moonrise Kingdom: Awakenings
Two precocious youngsters try to carve out a corner of the world just for themselves in Wes Anderson’s alternately melancholy and boisterous tale of growing pains.
The Killers: A Decisive Reversal of Values
The Sword of Doom: Calligraphy in Blood
The Secret Heart of Judex
Georges Franju evokes the surreal silent serials of Louis Feuillade while constructing his own personal cinematic paradise.
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.
Things to Come: Whither Mankind?
The prophetic voice of H. G. Wells resonates throughout this singularly ambitious, spectacularly designed vision.