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.
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.
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.
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…