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Drama Classics

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The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari

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The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari
(1919) [E]


Arguably the First GREAT Horror Film ever made Francis and his friend Alan visit a fair in the small German town of Holstenwall where a sideshow is run by the mysterious Dr Caligari. Caligari is exhibiting a Somnambulist, Cesare; who has slept for 23 years and knows the secrets of the past and...  More


 
The Birth Of A Nation

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The Birth Of A Nation
(1915) [M]


D.W. Griffith's spectacular silent masterpiece is available for the first time on DVD. The most successful silent film ever, The Birth of a Nation remains America's most controversial cinematic landmark.  More


 
The Battleship Potemkin

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The Battleship Potemkin
(1925) [PG]


After the success of Strike (1924), Sergei Eisenstein was commissioned by the Soviet government to make a film commemorating the uprising of 1905. Eisenstein's scenario, boiled down from what was to have been a multipart epic of the occasion, focussed on the crew of the battleship Potemkin. Fed...  More


 
Ben-Hur

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Ben-Hur
(1959) [PG]


Having swept the board at the Academy awards, Ben Hur achieved an outstanding feat in film history, winning eleven Oscars in 1959 including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. After a ten month production schedule and a then massive $15 million budget, this 1950's epic movie has always...  More


 
Histoires Extraordinaires (Tales Of Mystery And Imagination) (Spirits of the Dead)

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Histoires Extraordinaires (Tales Of Mystery And Imagination) (Spirits of the Dead)
(1968) [MA]


Three of Europe's finest filmmakers - Roger Vadim, Louis Malle and Federico Fellini - direct compelling remakes of Edgar Allan Poe stories. Louis Malle's take on "William Wilson" features Alain Delon as an officer troubled by a mysterious doppelganger; Roger Vadim's journey into supernatural...  More


 
Lift To The Scaffold (L'Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud)

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Lift To The Scaffold (L'Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud)
(1957) [PG]


Whether the face of Jeanne Moreau, or the mournful trumpet of Miles Davis, this film is forever etched into the memory of all who have watched it. Narrative centres around a bungled crime of passion, but the lingering memories of the film stem from the black & white photography, the creeping...  More


 
Badlands

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Badlands
(1973) [M]


Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek are Kit and Holly in this incredible debut feature film from elusive writer/director Terrence Malick. South Dakota, 1959. Kit and Holly are adrift in a double fantasy of crime and punishment, a headlong flight from nowhere, to nowhere. They're playing make-believe...  More


 
12 Angry Men

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12 Angry Men
(1957) [G]


Heralded as one of the all-time great classics, "12 Angry Men" focuses on a jury's deliberations in a capital murder case. A 12-man jury is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old Latino accused in the stabbing death of his father, where a guilty verdict...  More


 
The Third Man (50th Anniversary Edition) (2 Disc Set)

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The Third Man (50th Anniversary Edition) (2 Disc Set)
(1949) [PG]


Orson Welles stars as Harry Lime, and Joseph Cotten plays his childhood friend, Holly Martins, in this all-time classic thriller scripted by Graham Greene and directed by Carol Reed. Martins searches for Lime through the seedy underworld of postwar Vienna and gets caught up in a web of love,...  More


 
Straw Dogs (2 disc set)

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Straw Dogs (2 disc set)
(1971) [R]


Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.  More


 
The Duchess of Duke Street - BBC TV  (Disc 1 of 5)

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The Duchess of Duke Street - BBC TV (Disc 1 of 5)
(1976) [PG]


London at the turn of the century is a city of horse-drawn cabs, gas lighting, great wealth and even greater poverty… and it's a city of opportunity for scullery maid Louisa Trotter, who rises to become hostess, entertainer and friend of princes and kings. Beautifully presented in a...  More


 
The Old Man And The Sea

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The Old Man And The Sea
(1958) [PG]


Based on the classic, Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The story of an aging, life-long fisherman attempting to find himself, and hopefully a fish, on a fishing trip in the gulf waters off Cuba. After spending most of his life alone, and losing his only...  More


 
Don't Bother To Knock

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Don't Bother To Knock
(1952) [PG]


Jed, an airline pilot, (Widmark) is resting in a hotel when he notices Nell (Monroe), a young woman babysitting for a wealthy couple. As Jed gets to know Nell better he realizes that the woman is not as stable as perhaps she should be. A unique thriller featuring a rare dramatic performance from...  More


 
The Silver Fleet

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The Silver Fleet
(1943) [G]


Jaap van Leyden is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaberates with the Germans because it is the easiest course to follow. Later a childs rhyme reminds him of his patriotic duty, but how best to resist the Nazis without endangering his wife and fellow workers?...  More


 
The Red Shoes (1948)

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The Red Shoes (1948)
(1948) [G]


The Powell and Pressburger classic is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made. The winner of two Academy Awards in 1948, for Hein Heckroth's Art and Set Direction, and Brian Easedale's music score, THE RED SHOES is the story of young ballerina Vicky Page (Moira Shearer), who...  More


 
The Diary Of Anne Frank

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The Diary Of Anne Frank
(1959) [G]


An extraordinary portrayal of humanity set during one of history's most inhumane periods, The Diary Of Anne Frank features Millie Perkins as the insightful 13-year-old biographer of her family's two year hiding in an Amsterdam attic. At first, the strong-willed teenager embraces her fugitive...  More


 
Captain Blood

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Captain Blood
(1935) [PG]


It's hard to imagine a better film project for the yet-untried Errol Flynn to have made his starring debut than ''Captain Blood''. Based on the novel by Rafael Sabatini, it is the story of an English surgeon wrongly condemned to prison. Flynn, playing Dr. Peter Blood, escapes and leads a revolt...  More


 
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
(1939) [PG]


A remake of the 1923 Lon Chaney classic silent movie, this version of the Victor Hugo tragedy gained two Oscar nominations for its sound recording and musical score. Charles Laughton was at the peak of his box office draw when he donned the mountain of Quasimodo make-up, and gave probably the...  More


 
The Long Hot Summer

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The Long Hot Summer
(1958) [PG]


Ben Quick arrives in Frenchman's Bend, after being kicked out of another town for allegedly burning a barn for revenge. Will Varner owns just about everything in Frenchman's Bend and he hires Ben to work in his store. Will thinks his own son, Jody, who manages the store, lacks ambition and...  More


 
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
(1965) [M]


Alec Leamas, a British spy is sent to East Germany supposedly to defect, but in fact to sow disinformation. As more plot turns appear, Leamas becomes more convinced that his own people see him as just a cog. His struggle back from dehumanization becomes the final focus of the story. Based on the...  More


 
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte

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Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte
(1964) [M]


Bette Davis delivers a powerhouse performance as Charlotte Hollis, a reclusive spinster still mourning the savage murder of the man she loved some 37 years ago. When the state wants her property in order to construct a new highway, to help her resist Charlotte turns to her worldly cousin, Miriam...  More


 
The Tamarind Seed

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The Tamarind Seed
(1974) [M]


Judith (Julie Andrews), an attractive widow, is holidaying in Barbados where she meets the charming and handsome Feodor (Omar Sharif) the russian military attache to Paris. A friendship develops but unbeknown to Judith, Feodor uses his position to conceal his position as Second-in-Command of the...  More


 
Sunday Bloody Sunday

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Sunday Bloody Sunday
(1971) [M]


A Jewish doctor, Daniel Hirsh (Peter Finch) and a middle-aged woman, Alex Greville (Glenda Jackson) are both having affairs with the same male artist, Bob Elkin (Murray Head). Not only are Hirsh and Greville aware that Elkin is seeing the other but they actually know each other as well. Despite...  More


 
Call Northside 777

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Call Northside 777
(1948) [M]


Henry Hathaway directs this perfect film noir with Stewart in a great role as a reporter on the search for truth and finds himself right in the middle of the re-opening of a ten year old murder case. Lee J. Cobb and Richard Conte also star.  More


 
A Man Escaped

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A Man Escaped
(1956) [G]


Based on a true story, 'A Man Escaped' is set in a Nazi prison in France in 1943. Fontaine is a Resistance fighter sentenced to death, and the film reconstructs his escape plan. Director Bresson won the Best Director award at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. French dialogue  More


 
Equus

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Equus
(1977) [R]


Sidney Lumet's Oscar-nominated adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Tony Award-winning play erupts on the screen with the same power and passion as the stage original. Richard Burton gives one of his best performances ever in this elegant and provocative tale of myth and madness. What would drive Alan...  More


 
Bonnie And Clyde

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Bonnie And Clyde
(1967) [M]


Adrift in the depression-era Southwest, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker embark on life of crime. They mean no harm. They crave adventure - and each other. Soon we start to love them too. But nothing in film history has prepared us for the cascading violence to follow. Bonnie and Clyde turns...  More


 
In The Heat Of The Night

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In The Heat Of The Night
(1967) [M]


While traveling in the deep south, Virgil Tibbs, a black Philadelphia homicide detective, becomes unwittingly embroiled in the murder investigation of a prominent businessman when he is first accused of the crime - and then asked to solve it! Finding the killer proves to be difficult, however,...  More


 
Went The Day Well?

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Went The Day Well?
(1942) [PG]


Snug little Bromley End seemed safe from World War II, and the villagers welcomed the lorry loads of Royal Engineers rolling onto their quiet green acres. They didn't know they were disguised German parachutists installing radar apparatus to disrupt England's entire network. Nor did they suspect...  More


 
Elmer Gantry

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Elmer Gantry
(1960) [PG]


Featuring Burt Lancaster in a brilliant, Best Actor Oscar-winning performance, Elmer Gantry is an unforgettable screen drama by writer/director Richard Brooks (In Cold Blood, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof). Handsome, opportunistic, immoral. Travelling salesman Elmer Gantry (Lancaster) is all this and...  More


 
 
 

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