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1. "All About Eve" (1950) featured Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, and an early appearance by Miss Marilyn Monroe!
2. One of the most famous British weepies, "Brief Encounter" (1945), starred Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Destined to be together, and equally destined to remain apart, the couple's illicit meetings seem rather innocent now but with both playing married characters - the drama evolved as the reality of their deceit placed a wedge between them. Was it David Lean who directed their love affair to Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto?
3. "Easy Rider" (1969) is the classic road movie that put the American Dream under the microscope and found it had evaporated! With three great leading men - Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper - who was the insightful genius who directed it?
4. The Western genre is one of my favourites and even the musical scores set my pulse racing! "Once Upon A Time In The West" (1969) is one such example - its 14-minute opening credits sequence, accompanied by the haunting strains of a harmonica in the hands of Charles Bronson, is phenomenal. So who is the Spaghetti Western director who makes my jaw drop?
5. Every time a list of all-time-classic movies is released, "Citizen Kane" (1941) is nearly always at the top. I also think that this actor/director's co-star, Joseph Cotten, rarely acted in a bad film in his life but that aside, tell me who the other great man was?
6. "They call me Mr. Tibbs," and we call him Sydney Poitier - the leading man in "The Heat Of The Night" (1967). When a Southern sheriff and a Northern detective work together to solve a sensitive murder case - the sparks fly! Rod Steiger, as Sheriff Gillespie, is an equally strong lead whose continual gum-chewing increases and decreases in intensity with the changing mood of the film. And who supplied the gum?
7. King George III lost the colonies and then he lost his mind - as portrayed in "The Madness of King George" (1994). Nigel Hawthorne played the monarch to perfection, bringing a transitional period of history to life with a great deal of wit and pathos. So who dared to recall the trials of "Farmer" George?
8. "The Graduate" (1967), starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, is probably still one of the best sex comedies you will ever see. Fast, hilarious and all played along to the wonderful song score by Simon & Garfunkel - it's also threaded with sympathy for the central characters and offers us a torturous ending.
Did Lawrence Kasdan really make this cult classic?
9. Some of the best movies have expected actors to play second fiddle to a whole new kind of leading man, like the giant ape, "King Kong" (1933), or a cute little alien - as in "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982). So for full marks for innovation, which director helped point the way home with a knobbly, green finger?
10. And now for a classic finish! Instead of the directors, let's give a thought to "The Producers" (1968). The idea of a flop trying very hard to stay a flop is the movie's theme - relying on a pro-Hitler musical to do the trick! But because we're an eclectic lot, the audience fails to give it the thumbs down. Whose voice told us,
"Don't be stupid, be a smarty. Come and join the Nazi party" in this brilliant farce?
Source: Author bagendbo
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