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Classic

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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Pawnbroker, ThePawnbroker, The (1965)
Dir. Sidney Lumet
Feat. Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger gives a career-best performance as a Jewish pawnbroker whose new life in Spanish Harlem conjures haunting images of his Nazi prison camp past. Grim but powerful stuff.
Hunchback of Notre DameHunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
Dir. William Dieterle
Feat. Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton is perfectly cast in this beautifully expressionistic version of the classic.
Iron Horse, TheIron Horse, The (1924)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. George O'Brien, Madge Bellamy
An early silent western presenting an idealised portrayal of the development of the first American transcontinental railroad. Its romantic, mythologising style influenced the entire Western genre to come.
HolidayHoliday (1938)
Dir. George Cukor
Feat. Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn
Sparkling Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn duet stands as tall as its famous successor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY. The drawbacks of life in high society are again illustrated with pathos and humour.
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.