Improvisation on a noir theme: The jazz of François Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player
Terror, suspense, and the power of suggestion in The Haunting
All-American loneliness and “a universe of yearnings” in The Member of the Wedding
The Natural is a sports movie that swings for the fences—and knocks it out of the park
Tinseltown meets the Great White Way: Classic musicals that thrived on stage and screen
Dark, sexy, funny: What makes Out of Sight the best film version of an Elmore Leonard novel
Faith and faithfulness in John Huston’s Wise Blood
Purple Noon: A superior take on The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Incredible Shrinking Man: A cinematic nightmare both all-American and Kafka-esque
Love amid the treetops: the lyrical abandon of Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan’s Tarzan and Jane
Gleaming surfaces and twisted depths: Laura’s mirror-world of wayward desire
The primal pull of Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter
Cocktails, wisecracks, and murder: The Thin Man’s married couple for the ages
The Heiress: William Wyler unveils the psychological ferocity of Henry James’s Washington Square
Five chilling true-crime classics that capture primal American fears
Peter Ustinov’s Billy Budd: Elemental conflict in a vivid tapestry of life at sea
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