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Gandhi (1982)

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Gandhi (1982) The title character is AFI’s #21 hero portrayed on film by Ben Kingsley (in essentially his big screen debut) whose performance earned him his first (of two) Best Actor nomination and only Oscar (though he’s also received two Supporting nominations). Best Director Richard Attenborough beat Spielberg and his film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Spielberg later directed Attenborough in Jurassic Park (1993). The film [...]

Story of Three Loves The (1953)

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Story of Three Loves The (1953) Co-directed by Vincente Minnelli (Gigi (1958)) the middle segment & Gottfried Reinhardt the first and third segments with some adaptation and writing credited to George Froeschel (Mrs. Miniver (1942)) this three part film tells different stories thinly connected by at least one person from each as a passenger on an ocean liner: three time Oscar nominee James Mason twice nominated Leslie Caron and three time [...]

Lorna Doone (1922)

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Lorna Doone (1922) Directed by Maurice Tourneur father of Jacques this silent film version of the R. D. Blackmore novel features Madge Bellamy in the title role. The film begins by introducing us to the notorious Doone family a band of outlaws with their own hidden camp that terrorize the roads in a particular area. Young Lorna (Mae Giraci) meets a boy John Ridd at the water fountain in town. When he hears that she’s riding with her mother [...]

Stratton Story The (1949)

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Stratton Story The (1949) A true story of a baseball player Monty Stratton played by James Stewart who was inspired by his wife Ethel (June Allyson) to continue to try to play after losing a leg in a freak hunting accident. Frank Morgan and Agnes Moorehead as Ma Stratton also star; several Major League baseball players from the time also appear as themselves. Directed by (four time Best Director Oscar nominee) Sam Wood it won the Best Writing [...]

Gentleman Jim (1942)

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Gentleman Jim (1942) A favorite early boxing movie and incredibly it’s a true story. Errol Flynn portrays Jim Corbett (Alan Hale his brother) who became the first heavyweight champion of the world under the new Marquis of Queensberry rules. Ward Bond does an excellent job portraying his rival the champ. Alexis Smith and Jack Carson are among those also in the cast. Directed by Raoul Walsh. Purchase this DVD now at or buy the DVD collection [...]

The Razor’s Edge (1946)

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The Razor’s Edge (1946) A man’s search for the meaning of life is captured in this Darryl F. Zanuck production directed by Edmund Goulding and screenwriter Lamar Trotti’s (Wilson (1944)) interpretation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel. The film was nominated for Best Picture (and B&W Art Direction-Interior Decoration) by the Academy and won Anne Baxter an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category; Clifton Webb (Laura (1944)) [...]

Sayonara (1957)

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Sayonara (1957) The story is about the restrictions placed upon American servicemen stationed in Japan during the Korean War – “there will be no sanctioned fraternization between Americans and the natives” – and racism. Red Buttons as Joe Kelly and Miyoshi Umeki (later TV’s Mrs. Livingston on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father) as Katsumi in her film debut earned Supporting Actor/Actress Oscars (their only [...]

Comedians The (1967)

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Comedians The (1967) This drama produced and directed by Peter Glenville (Becket (1964)) and written by Graham Greene (The Fallen Idol (1948)) takes far too long to make its point that in life everyone’s an actor playing a part everyone’s a fraud when held up to the light etc.. Halfway through the film it starts to look somewhat like Casablanca (1942) with Richard Burton in the Humphrey Bogart role. Later references are made – [...]

I Remember Mama (1948)

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I Remember Mama (1948) “Is good!” Actually it’s great! Based on a true story about a family of immigrants from Norway who settled in San Francisco at the turn-of-the-20th century this heartwarming comedy-drama features an unforgettable Academy Award nominated performance from (five-time Best Actress nominee) Irene Dunne as the titled Mama the center of this extended family and the film. It’s narrated by the [...]

Bohème La (1926)

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Bohème La (1926) La Boheme (1926) Directed by King Vidor and based on the Henri Murger novel (Life in the Latin Quarter) this above average silent stars Lillian Gish and John Gilbert (among others) as starving artists that live in the same apartment building in Paris’s Latin district Bohemia in 1830. It’s primarily a love story between these two main characters he’s a writer named Rodolphe while she’s a seamstress named [...]
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