The Orphan's Unseen Classics
I started this year-long project to improve my knowledge of classic American films. The films were selected from cross-referencing two different "best of" American film lists* and required that a) the film was made between 1930 and 1970 and b) I had not seen it! The companion films are often classics in their own right, and always have something in common with the classic film being discussed, to add a little perspective.
*This is a list compiled from AFI’s 100 Years 100 Movies nomination list of 400 American films. These 400 films were nominated to be voted down to the 100 in their list of Greatest American Movies. The original list of 400 is copyrighted 2002 from American Film Institute. Then I cross-referenced with 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, copyright 2003, Quintet Books, edited by Steven J. Schneider, because this is a list of movies compiled by a lot of film critics that seems to be a bit more discriminating in quality over pomp and circumstance. I don’t completely trust those AFI people.
Sidney Lumet's classic courtroom drama, with its Russian remake.
(posted March 27, 2011)
An Affair to Remember (1957)
In the Heat of the Night (1967) with Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Sidney Poitier stars in these two game-changing movies.
(posted July 18, 2010)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937) with La Bete Humaine (1938)
We look at a semi-biography of the author Zola and a French film based on one of his works.
(posted July 25, 2010)
Little Caesar (1931) and House of Strangers (1949)
Let's watch Edward G. Robinson in two tales of gangsters.
(posted June 6, 2010)
The Lost Weekend (1945)