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Classics

The genre formally known as "Nostalgia", we determine "Classics" to be all titles that now pre-date 1990(!), but don’t hold us to it…

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Alexander's Ragtime BandAlexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
Dir. Henry King
Feat. Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche
Irving Berlin contributes over two dozen songs as well as the screenplay for this rousing story of the history of (white) jazz music from ragtime to swing.
Dinner for OneDinner for One (1963)
Dir. Heinz Dunkhase
Feat. Freddie Frinton, May Warden
A classic two-hand comedy sketch staged by German TV in its original English language (written by British author Lauri Wylie), with a short introduction in German. The 18-minute single-take recording features British comedians Freddie Frinton and May Warden, and went on to become a New Year's Eve perennial…
I Never Sang For My FatherI Never Sang For My Father (1970)
Dir. Gilbert Cates
Feat. Melvyn Douglas, Gene Hackman, Dorothy Stickney
Gene Hackman plays a widowed college professor in New York wanting to get out from under the thumb of his aging father yet guilty about his plans to abandon him when he remarries and moves to California. Both leads were Oscar-nominated, as was the screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on his own stageplay.
Trail of the Lonesome Pine, TheTrail of the Lonesome Pine, The (1936)
Dir. Henry Hathaway
Feat. Fred MacMurray, Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda
This pioneering colour film is an engaging old-fashioned Western tale of loyalty, family and romance set against an age-old feud between two Kentucky families. Tensions boil over with the prospect of a railroad being built through their respective lands. In fact, the fifth filmed adaptation of the popular…
Long Day's Journey Into NightLong Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Dir. Sidney Lumet
Feat. Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards Jr.
Faithful and masterful adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's play about family life, love and losers drinking and tearing each other apart in leafy New England over a fateful summer's day in 1912. Hepburn was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. Music score by André Previn.
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.