Ashes and Diamonds is a Polish film directed by famous east European director Andrzej Wajda, based on the 1948 novel by writer Jerzy Andrzejewski. The film completed Wajda’s war films trilogy following A Generation (1954) and Kanal (1956).
The Seventh Seal is a Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. It is the story of a medieval knight and a game of chess he plays with the personification of Death who has come to take his life. The film established Bergman as a world-renowned director and is considered a major classic of world cinema.
The Night of the Hunter is an American thriller film directed by Charles Laughton and starring Robert Mitchum. It is based on the true story of Harry Powers hanged in 1932 for the murders of two widows and three children in West Virginia. The film is famous for its lyric and expressionistic style which influenced later directors such as David Lynch and Martin Scorsese.
Pather Panchali is a drama film written and directed by Satyajit Ray based on a Bengali novel of the same name. It is the first film of the Apu trilogy which depicts the childhood of the protagonist Apu in the rural countryside of Bengal in the 1920s. It was Rays’ first feature film as well as the first movie from independent India to attract major international critical attention. It is today considered one of the greatest films ever made.
Rebel Without a Cause is a American drama film Directed by Nicholas Ray about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. The film has today achieved landmark status for the acting of cultural icon James Dean who unfortunately died before the film’s release and it often considered his most celebrated role.
All That Heaven Allows is a romance feature film directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. The story is about a well-to-do widow and a younger landscape designer falling in love.
On the Waterfront is a American drama film directed by Elia Kazan and stars Marlon Brando about union violence and corruption among longshoremen. Some say it was based on a series of articles written in the New York Sun by Malcolm Johnson. The film received eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.
Tokyo Story is a Japanese film directed by Yasujiro Ozu and often regarded as his masterpiece. The film is about an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children, but find their children are too absorbed in their own lives to spend much time with their parents.
Singin’ in the Rain is an American comedy musical film starring, choreographed and directed by Gene Kelly as well as Stanley Donen. The film is a comic depiction of Hollywood during the transition from silent films to “talkies.” It is often described as one of the best musicals ever made.