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Seven Samurai
One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, SEVEN SAMURAI (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira…
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Chinatown
A landmark movie in the film-noir tradition, CHINATOWN stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to…
Bicycle Thieves
Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award-winning BICYCLE THIEVES, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a…
Charade
In this equally thrilling and romantic classic, Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) falls for the dashing Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) while on holiday in the French Alps. Her newfound romance is interrupted, however, upon her return home, when it is revealed…
Cleo From 5 to 7
Agnes Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman's life, CLEO…
Murder on the Orient Express
Famous detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) is on the Orient Express, but the train is caught in the snow. When one of the passengers is discovered murdered, Poirot immediately starts investigating. Winner of the Best Supporting Actress (Ingrid Bergman) and…
Rashomon
This riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts of a man's murder and the rape of his wife,…
Three Days of the Condor
In Sydney Pollack's critically acclaimed suspense-thriller, Robert Redford 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…
Breathless
There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinema.…
L'avventura
Michelangelo Antonioni invented a new film grammar with this masterwork. An iconic piece of challenging 1960's cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L'AVVENTURA concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the…
Catch-22
Oscar winner Mike Nichols superbly directs this cinematic adaptation of Joseph Heller's scathing black comedy about a small group of pilots in the Mediterranean in 1944. There are winners and losers, opportunists and survivors. Separately and together they are nervous,…
The 400 Blows - Les quatre cents coups
Francois Truffaut's first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), THE 400 BLOWS sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut's own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty…
S.O.S. Titanic
In the early hours of April 15, 1912, a young wireless operator on the R.M.S. Carpathia heard a faint distress signal. Unbelievably, it came from the R.M.S. Titanic, which was then making her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.…
Indiscreet
In this classic romantic comedy Cary Grant plays Philip Adams, a suave American diplomat who pretends to be married in order to preserve his bachelor status. Ingrid Bergman is Anna Kalman, a glamorous leading lady of the London stage who…
Summer With Monika
Inspired by the earthy eroticism of Harriet Andersson, in the first of her many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this sensual and ultimately ravaging tale of young love. A girl (Andersson) and boy (Lars…
To Catch a Thief
In this suspenseful and glamorous classic from Alfred Hitchcock, the always debonair Cary Grant plays John Robie, a reformed jewel thief. Robie is suspected of a new rash of gem thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera, and…
The Italian Job
Charlie (Michael Caine) is out of jail and planning the heist of the century. Aided by top criminal mastermind Mr Bridger (Noel Coward), Charlie sets off with a team of villains and to lift $4,000,000 from under the noses of…
That Touch of Mink
Love arrives with a splash when a handsome and eligible tycoon (Cary Grant) and a beautiful working woman (Doris Day) meet over a curbside mud puddle. He's enchanted by her small town ways; she's captivated by his romantic, debonair manner.…
His Girl Friday
In this undeniable gem of Hollywood's golden age, Walter, a hard-boiled newspaper editor, discovers that his ex-wife and former employee, Hildy, is set to marry a wet-blanket insurance salesman. Walter, certain that this is the wrong move for a strong-willed…
8 1/2
Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 ( Otto e mezzo ) turns one man's artistic…