Look at That Girl
Depth, beauty, curiosity—what gave luminous French star Danielle Darrieux staying power across eight decades? Critic Farran Smith Nehme looks for the answer in two films from opposite ends of her career.
Now You Has King of Jazz
This spectacular and technically ambitious Hollywood musical is a priceless window onto American pop culture’s view of itself in the 1930s.
The Philadelphia Story: A Fine, Pretty World
A haughty socialite is torn between the affections of three men in George Cukor’s blissful comedy of manners.
His Girl Friday: The Perfect Remarriage
A feast of whip-smart banter, Howard Hawks’s protofeminist take on newsroom politics is the most grown-up of all remarriage comedies.
Here Comes the Angel of Death
Alexander Hall’s 1941 film showcased Robert Montgomery’s star power and, with its premise of a death revoked, provided much-needed comic relief to war-worried audiences.
It Happened One Night: All Aboard!
Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable’s effortless banter is pure magic, but Frank Capra’s comedy is rooted in the reality of the times.
Jane Wyman and All That Heaven Allows
Time has added some latter-day ironies to All That Heaven Allows, and not just the revelation that its star Rock Hudson was gay. There’s also the political career of Ronald Reagan, the ex-husband of Hudson’s costar, Jane Wyman—built on the gos…
The Uninvited: Spirits by Starlight
This delicately creepy Hollywood horror movie lives up to its reputation as a classic of the genre.
Autumn Sonata: Mothers, Daughters, and Monsters
Ingmar Bergman plumbs the depths of a fractured family and gives Ingrid Bergman a shocking star role.
The Man Who Knew Too Much: Wish You Were Here
Both sparkling and suspenseful, Alfred Hitchcock’s benchmark thriller is the perfect getaway, and it set the scene for much of the master’s later work.
This Happy Breed: Home Truths
Noël Coward and David Lean created a patriotic diptych with their first two films: In Which We Serve, from 1942, about the bravery and sacrifice of British sailors and those who love them, and the 1944 This Happy Breed, on the indomitable spirit of …