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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

Melvin and Howard (1980, Jonathan Demme)

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Jonathan Demme’s Melvin and Howard — a California/Nevada travelogue of sorts — is less about the real events it dramatizes than about the world in which those events took place. 1,155 more words

AFI 400 Nominees

Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang)

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H.G. Wells thought it was silly and dumb and a step backward for science fiction. American critics of its day found its dramatics hackneyed and soulless. 887 more words

IMDB Top 250

The Crying Game (1992, Neil Jordan)

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The Crying Game opens on an extended shot of a Ferris wheel at a fairground in Northern Island, where its tragic and chaotic events are set into irrecovable motion. 761 more words

Best Screenplay Oscar Winners