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Classics

The genre formally known as "Nostalgia", we determine "Classics" to be all titles that now pre-date 1990(!), but donít hold us to itÖ

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Long Day's Journey Into NightLong Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Dir. Sidney Lumet
Feat. Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards Jr.
Screen version of Eugene O'Neill's play about family life, love and losers drinking and tearing each other apart in leafy New England.
VarietyVariety (1925)
Dir. E.A. Dupont
Feat. Emil Jannings, Lya de Putti
A cautionary fable of romantic treachery set in the since-vanished vaudeville world, lent depth through its sophisticated visual style. Emil Jannings (BLUE ANGEL), once hailed as the greatest actor in the world, simmers with hurt pride as an ageing acrobat whose mistress falls for their fellow trapeze artist.
Magnificent Ambersons, TheMagnificent Ambersons, The (1942)
Dir. Orson Welles
Feat. Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Dolores Costello
Following up CITIZEN KANE, Orson Welles again drew a bead on the American rich, chronicling the dynastic squabbles of a turn-of-the-century Mid-Western family. While Welles was forced to shorten the film drastically, it remains one of his more subtle masterpieces.
Seven Days in MaySeven Days in May (1964)
Dir. John Frankenheimer
Feat. Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster
Kirk Douglas stumbles upon a conspiracy led by General Burt Lancaster, to bring down the US President (who goes and signs treaties with the Russkies). Dir. Frankenheimer lands square in his favourite paranoid zone: Cold War politics, covert surveillance and questionable loyalties.
Village of the DamnedVillage of the Damned (1960)
Dir. Wolf Rilla
Feat. George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn
The original, superior version of John Wyndham's novel 'The Midwich Cuckoos', about a brood of malevolent blue-eyed kiddies born in an English village, recently the site of strange phenomena.
Bad Seed, TheBad Seed, The (1956)
Dir. Mervyn LeRoy
Feat. Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones
A taut, gripping drama about a spoilt, psychotic child who has murdered her classmate. The juicy dialogue and Patty McCormack's wicked performance make this unforgettable.
Big Heat, TheBig Heat, The (1953)
Dir. Fritz Lang
Feat. Glenn Ford, Lee Marvin
Pugnacious cop Glenn Ford turns up the heat on civic corruption in this iconic film-noir from dir. Lang's 50s period. When a detective's suicide uncovers a trail of slime that leads right to the mayor's doorstep, Ford bullishly goes it alone against City Hall and a casually brutal Lee Marvin (likes throwing…