L.A. story: A dark, seductive tale of lust and murder in Double Indemnity
Dance of the damned: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
A “completely modern” comedy of façades and human frailty, Dinner at Eight still surprises
The Wings of the Dove: Classic Henry James as film noir
Improvisation on a noir theme: The jazz of François Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player
Terror, suspense, and the power of suggestion in The Haunting
All-American loneliness and “a universe of yearnings” in The Member of the Wedding
The Natural is a sports movie that swings for the fences—and knocks it out of the park
Tinseltown meets the Great White Way: Classic musicals that thrived on stage and screen
Dark, sexy, funny: What makes Out of Sight the best film version of an Elmore Leonard novel
Faith and faithfulness in John Huston’s Wise Blood
Purple Noon: A superior take on The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Incredible Shrinking Man: A cinematic nightmare both all-American and Kafka-esque
Love amid the treetops: the lyrical abandon of Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan’s Tarzan and Jane
Gleaming surfaces and twisted depths: Laura’s mirror-world of wayward desire
The primal pull of Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter
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