Drama

Double Indemnity Double Indemnity

Walter Neff is a no-nonsense insurance salesman.  Going door to door, he lays his eyes on the attractive Phyllis and has no chance of escaping his desire for her.  However, Phyllis is in an abusive marriage and wants to take out an accident policy on her husband without his knowledge.  See what Walter does in this intriguing thriller from the 40’s.


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Gilda (DVD) Gilda (1946)

GILDA is the film that gave the world the indelible image of Rita Hayworth in that tight gown, lovingly removing that long glove as she sings, Put the Blame on Mame. That’s enough to justify a viewing, but the film has more, including a bewitched, bothered, etc., performance by a never-better Glenn Ford. GILDA is an intricate noir in which Hayworth, as the titular femme fatale, is placed by her mobster club-owner husband in the care of Ford, a small-time hood who also happens to be her ex-lover.DVD Features:Region 1Keep CaseFull Frame – 1.33Single Side – Dual LayerAudio: Dolby Digital Mono – EnglishAdditional Release Material: Documentary – THE COLUMBIA LADY Trailers – 1.Original Theatrical Trailer Bonus Trailers – 1. THE LOVES OF CARMEN 2. A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS 3. THE LAST HURRAHText/Photo Galleries: Biographies – 1.Charles Vidor – Director 2.Rita Hayworth – Star 3.Glenn Ford – Star 4.George Macready – Star Publicity – Vintage Advertising

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Doctor Zhivago - 45th Anniversary Edition (DVD) Doctor Zhivago – 45th Anniversary Edition (2 Disc DVD)

David Lean`s DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is an exploration of the Russian Revolution as seen from the point of view of the intellectual, introspective title character (Omar Sharif). As the political landscape changes, and the Czarist regime comes to an end, Dr. Zhivago`s relationships reflect the political turmoil raging about him. Though he is married, the vagaries of war lead him to begin a love affair with the beautiful Lara (Julie Christie). But he cannot escape the machinations of a band of selfish and cruel characters: General Strelnikov (Tom Courtenay), a Bolshevik General; Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), Lara`s former lover; and Yevgraf (Alec Guinness), Zhivago`s sinister half-brother. This epic, sweeping romance, told in flashback, captures the lushness of Moscow before the war and the violent social upheaval that followed. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak.


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Intermezzo (1939) Intermezzo (1939)

The story — based on the original screenplay by Molander and Gosta Stevens — concerns a love affair played out between famed concert violinist Holger Brandt (Leslie Howard) and a young pianist, Anita Hoffman (Ingrid Bergman). Holger has just finished a grand tour and has returned to his home country of Sweden, into the arms of his wife Margit (Edna Best) and two children, Ann Marie (Ann Todd) and Eric (Douglas Scott). But soon Holger falls deeply in love with his children’s piano teacher Anita. Holger and Anita travel abroad, and Anita becomes acclaimed as a pianist — but Holger keeps looking at other people’s children and begins to wonder whether he should go back to his family. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

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Inn of the Sixth Happiness Inn of the Sixth Happiness

Alan Burgess’ novel The Small Woman was the source for the British/American co-production Inn of the Sixth Happiness. Set in the China of the 1930s, the film stars Ingrid Bergman as real-life missionary Gladys Aylward. Against the advice of practically everyone, Gladys heads into the war-ravaged interior to spread the Christian gospel. She finds a powerful ally in the form of an elderly Mandarin (Robert Donat) who, despite his early efforts to rid himself of the troublesome Gladys, eventually converts to Christianity. Gladys’ burgeoning romance with Chinese army officer Lin Nan (Curt Jurgens) is interrupted when she is obliged to guide a group of Chinese children to safety over some of the most treacherous of Northern China’s mountain regions. The film served to breathe new life into the old children’s nonsense song This Old Man (aka Knick, Knack, Paddywhack). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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For Whom the Bell Tolls For Whom the Bell Tolls

Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls is a romantic drama set against the turbulent tapestry of the Spanish Civil War. Gary Cooper plays Robert Jordan, an idealistic American fighting with a Spanish guerilla band. He is assigned to blow up a crucial bridge in order to halt the enemy’s progress. He falls in love with Maria (Ingrid Bergman), a young peasant girl who’s joined the fight after being ill-used by enemy troops. Pablo (Akim Tamiroff), the eternally drunken leader of the guerillas, resents Jordan’s attentions toward Maria, and he refuses to help Jordan in his sabotage work. Pablo’s wife Pilar (Oscar-winner Katina Paxinou) takes over command of the guerillas and helps Jordan by arranging horses for the band’s departure after their job is done. The man supplying the horses (Joseph Calleia) is killed, and Jordan is left to finish his task minus a means to escape. For Whom the Bell Tolls was a long, faithful adaptation of the Hemingway novel, with excellent performances, torrid love scenes, and first-rate Technicolor photography. Available for many years only in the 130-minute reissue version, it was restored to nearly its full original length of 168 minutes. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Autumn Sonata [Criterion Collection] Autumn Sonata [Criterion Collection] (1978)

Ingrid Bergman, the Swedish expatriate who became one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, and Ingmar Bergman, one of the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers and Sweden’s most honored director, worked together for the first and only time in this intensely personal drama about the troubled relationship between a mother and daughter. Charlotte (Ingrid Bergman) is an acclaimed concert pianist who is visiting her daughter Eva (Liv Ullmann), the wife of a parson in a rural community, for the first time in seven years. While Charlotte and Eva struggle to be civil, there is a deep emotional gulf between them. Eva resents her mother for not caring enough for her as a child, feeling that Charlotte was more interested in her career and her other daughter, Helena (Lena Nyman), who is severely handicapped and can only communicate through inarticulate noises. Charlotte, on the other hand, is uncomfortable with the fact that Helena now lives with Eva, and she is still coming to terms with the emotional devastation of her husband’s recent death. Herbstsonate, released in America as Autumn Sonata, earned Ingrid Bergman some of the most enthusiastic acclaim of her career; she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and she won the same honor from the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle. It was also her last theatrical release; she would appear in only one more project, a TV movie about the life of Golda Meir, before her death in 1982. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Children's Hour, The Children’s Hour, The (1961)
Based on the 1934 play by Lillian Hellman, The Children’s Hour is set at an exclusive girl’s school managed by best friends Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine. When student Karen Balkin is punished for one of her many misdeeds, the mean-spirited youngster rushes to her wealthy aunt Fay Bainter, and, randomly choosing a phrase she has undoubtedly read in some magazine, accuses Hepburn and MacLaine of having an unnatural relationship. As Balkin’s lies grow in viciousness, the student’s parents withdraw their children from the school. Hepburn and MacLaine sue Bainter for libel, only to lose their case when MacLaine’s aunt Miriam Hopkins refuses to testify as a character witness. The trial takes its toll on the relationship between Hepburn and her boyfriend James Garner. When Bainter discovers that her niece has been lying, she tries to make amends, but it is too late. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Citizen Kane: Special Edition (Dbl DVD) Citizen Kane: Special Edition (Dbl DVD)A fascinating story of idealism corrupted by wealth, Citizen Kane is frequently named the greatest film of all time and is credited with inspiring more directorial careers than any other film in history. Orsen Welles and Agnes Moorehead star.


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Citizen Kane: Ultimate Collector's Edition (DVD) Citizen Kane: Ultimate Collector’s Edition (DVD)Orson Welles’ masterwork (#1 in the American Film Institute’s list of Best American Movies) dazzles anew in a superb 70th-anniversary digital transfer. It’s grand entertainment, sharply acted (starting many of Welles’ Mercury Players on the road to thriving film careers) and directed with inspired visual flair. Chronicling the stormy life of an influential publishing tycoon, this Best Original Screenplay Academy Award winner (1941) is rooted in themes of power, corruption, vanity- the American Dream lost in the mystery of a dying man’s last word: “Rosebud”


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