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The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933, Alexander Korda)

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As a rule, Hollywood upholds masculinity; patriarchal status quo finds few enemies in the decades-spanning annals of tough-guy action pictures and virile romances. 836 more words

Best Picture Oscar Nominees

The Last Command (1928, Josef von Sternberg)

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Josef von Sternberg’s touchstone masterpiece The Last Command is built on a sort of meta-narrative; because it is very much a movie about moviemaking, specifically about Hollywood moviemaking, it sometimes seems — like another, much later Paramount production, … 1,325 more words

National Film Registry

Wild Strawberries (1957, Ingmar Bergman)

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Dreams, they say, are the mind’s way of dealing with images that would be disturbing or incomprehensible without the kind of ghostly logic that ties them together in our unconscious. 688 more words

IMDB Top 250

Shadow of a Doubt (1943, Alfred Hitchcock)

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Saboteur had been Alfred Hitchcock’s first truly American thriller; casting the U.S. from California to New York as a travelogue equivalent to the urban England and rural Scotland of The 39 Steps, it firmly established that the suspense director could transplant his scrappiest, breeziest sensibility to Hollywood. 3,100 more words

AFI 400 Nominees

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, Woody Allen)

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The first thing to note about Hannah and Her Sisters is how lovingly directed it is. As ever, Woody Allen’s visual sense is immaculate — you can go to New York and it’ll be beautiful but it’ll never look this good — as is his unusual, elastic blocking of scenes. 1,301 more words

AFI 400 Nominees

Yellow Submarine (1968, George Dunning)

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Psychedelia and pop-art can be so keyed into their times that they lose all resonance within a matter of years. The incredible gift of screenwriter Lee Minoff and director George Dunning was to reach into the excess of the universe surrounding them and pull out something of sobering beauty. 1,634 more words

EW Greatest Book

A Hard Day's Night (1964, Richard Lester)

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Richard Lester’s output would evoke thoughts of physically manifested arm-waving freedom even if he hadn’t early on unleashed something called The Running, Jumping and Standing Still Film. 2,611 more words

Best Screenplay Oscar Nominees