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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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Friendly PersuasionFriendly Persuasion (1956)
Dir. William Wyler
Feat. Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins
Gary Cooper headlines this sentimental yet atmospheric and beautifuly crafted drama about a Quaker family in southern Indiana whose pacifist beliefs are tested by the American Civil War. Awarded the Palm D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival 1956.
For Me and My GalFor Me and My Gal (1942)
Dir. Busby Berkeley
Feat. Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, George Murphy
A Busby Berkeley-directed musical that provided the first real "adult" role for a nineteen-year-old Judy Garland. Gene Kelly co-stars in his film debut as her fellow vaudeville actor who was suddenly drafted into World War I.
Force of EvilForce of Evil (1948)
Dir. Abraham Polonsky
Feat. John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor
Fascinating film noir in which crooked lawyer John Garfield turns on the mob to finance his gambling debts. This fiercely masculine morality tale is an acknowledged antecedent to the work of Scorsese. The director was soon blacklisted and would not make his second film until 1970.
White DogWhite Dog (1982)
Dir. Samuel Fuller
Feat. Kristy McNichol, Paul Winfield, Burl Ives
A little-seen but widely heralded drama from cult director Samuel Fuller about the struggle of an African-American dog trainer to retrain a stray dog that has been trained to attack and kill black people. The film boldly begs the question as to whether racism is a treatable problem or an incurable condition.
People on SundayPeople on Sunday (1929)
Dir. Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer
Scripted by a young Billy Wilder, this pivotal silent film harnessed the nascent talents of many other German film-makers that would come to make their mark in Hollywood. A landmark hybrid of drama and documentary that follows the lives of a group of Berlin residents on a summer's day during the interwar…
Balcony, TheBalcony, The (1963)
Dir. Joseph Strick
Feat. Shelley Winters, Peter Falk, Lee Grant
Fascinating adaptation of Jean Genet's play set in a fictional country, where Shelley Winters plays the Madam of a brothel that satisfies the erotic fantasies of her customers while oblivious to a revolutionary uprising in the streets.
Kiss of the VampireKiss of the Vampire (1963)
Dir. Don Sharp
Feat. Clifford Evans, Noel Willman, Edward de Souza
An ominous and highly-regarded Hammer horror in which a honeymooning couple are stranded in Bavaria where they become embroiled in the initiation rites of a diabolical creed. Originally intended to be the third movie in Hammer's Dracula series, it instead explores vampirism as a social disease afflicting…