Ossessione or Obsession is an Italian film based on the novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Cain. The film is Luchino Visconti’s first feature film and it is often considered the first Italian neorealist film.
Casablanca is a American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The story is about a man torn between love and virtue. Indeed he must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her Czech Resistance leader husband escape from the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.
In Which We Serve is a British patriotic war film directed by David Lean and Noël Coward, based on the exploits of Captain Lord Louis Mountbatten, commander of the HMS Kelly destroyer which sunk during the Battle of Crete. The film made with the assistance of the Ministry of Information remains a classic example of wartime British cinema through its patriotic imagery of national unity and social cohesion within the context of the Second World War.
To Be or Not to Be is a American comedy directed by Ernst Lubitsch, about a troupe of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who use their abilities at disguise and acting to fool the occupying troops. The title is a reference to the famous “To be, or not to be” in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
The Maltese Falcon is a film written and directed by directorial debut John Huston, based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett and featuring Humphrey Bogart. The story follows a private detective’s dealings with a jewel-encrusted statuette of a falcon mystery. It is considered the first major work of the film noir genre.
Citizen Kane is an American drama film directed by and starring Orson Welles often considered the greatest movie of all time. It is famous for its innovative cinematography, music and narrative structure. The story displays the life and legacy of Charles Foster Kane, a character based upon the American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
The Grapes of Wrath is a drama film directed by John Ford and based on John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name. The film follows an Oklahoma family across the United States journey during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
His Girl Friday is an American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant as Walter Burns and Rosalind Russell as Hildy Johnson. It is famous for its rapid-fire dialogue.
The Philadelphia Story is a 1940 American romantic comedy film directed by George Cukor and starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. It is considered one of the best examples of a comedy of remarriage, a genre popular in the 1930s and 1940s, in which a couple divorce, flirt with outsiders and then remarry.
Gone with the Wind is a American historical epic film directed by Victor Fleming and adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel of the same name. It is the story of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era from a Southern point of view, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. It is known to be the first major film shot in colour.