Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again..." From the first classic line of this unforgettable film, Rebecca casts its spell. David O. Selznick brought Alfred Hitchcock to the United States in order to give this adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel the proper atmosphere. The resulting film is a stunning marriage of their sensibilities. It paid off critically and financially as well. Like Gone with the Wind, which Selznick released a year earlier, Rebecca won the Academy Award for Best Picture.Laurence Olivier stars as Maxim de Winter, who, reeling from the recent and unexpected death of his glamorous wife Rebecca, impulsively marries a young and adoring governess (Joan Fontaine). The new Mrs de Winter tries to fit into her role as mistress of the great house Manderley, but every step she takes is haunted by Rebecca's spirit. The ghost's brooding presence is personified by the insanely meticulous Mrs Danvers, brilliantly portrayed by Judith Anderson. As Fontaine's character begins to uncover the dark secrets of the de Winter clan, the house seems to take on a life of its own.Passionate love and romance blend seamlessly with typically Hitchcockian emphases on guilt, sexuality and Gothic horror. The production values are stunning and the cast is excellent, down to the least of the supporting players. While Rebecca has enough surprises to captivate even the most jaded of moviegoers, it is also one of those rare films that improves with each viewing. --Raphael Shargel
Far too many film versions of the The Four Feathers have been made over the years, which is especially surprising considering that this 1939 Korda brothers production is surely definitive. The film simultaneously celebrates and pokes fun at British imperialism, showing the kind of dogged stiff-upper-lippery that forged an empire, but also the blinkered attitudes and crass snobbishness of the ruling classes (and those plummy accents--did people ever really talk like that?). Whatever political subtext may or may not be read into it, though, the film is best celebrated for its magnificent vistas: partially made on location in the Sudan, as well as at the famous Denham Studios, this is British cinema from the days when it thought to rival Hollywood for sheer spectacle. Vincent Korda's production design and the glorious early colour cinematography are helped greatly by fellow Hungarian émigré Miklos Rozsa's epic score. John Clements is the notional hero, the man who is determined to show the world he is not a coward after resigning his commission (even though it would surely have saved everyone a lot of bother if he had just stuck with it) but the film is stolen by Ralph Richardson, magnificent as an officer struck blind and led to safety by Clements' Harry Faversham. The latter scenes when Richardson's Captain Durrance realises the truth and its implications are the most poignant and emotionally truthful in the film. C Aubrey Smith is delightful as the old buffer who relives his battles on the dinner table; to a modern audience, however, the "blackface" casting of John Laurie as the Khalifa strikes a discordant note. But adjusting some expectations for its vintage, this is a triumph of derring-do and far and away the most gripping version of this oft-told story on film. --Mark Walker
Side A - 1931: Frederic March won the Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of the dual personality doctor in Rouben Mamoulian's take on the Stevenson novella tracing Jekyll's troubles to their source in sexual repression... Side B - 1941: Spencer Tracey Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner star in Victor Fleming's adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson tale. Dr Jekyll's (Tracey) experimental potion reveals his evil side unleashing the murderous Mr Hyde on an unsuspe
The young son of a war hero is branded a coward by his friends and fiance when he resigns his military commission shortly before his regiment is due to leave for action in the Sudan. He then disguises himself as an Arab and aids his former colleagues in an attampt to redeem himself of cowardice.
A lavish sequel to 1937's celebrated film biography Victoria the Great, this sumptuous historical epic once again recounts the life and reign of Queen Victoria this time in glorious Technicolor. Given unprecedented access to the royal palaces, director Herbert Wilcox re-casts Anna Neagle as Victoria and Anton Walbrook as Prince Albert in a film which again met with worldwide acclaim. It is presented here in a brand-new High Definition transfer from the best available film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Beginning in 1840 with her marriage to Prince Albert against a backdrop of discontent and the spectre of revolution throughout Europe, the film shows key events and relationships during Victoria's reign, during which with the counsel of her 'angel', Albert the occasionally capricious queen won the deep affection of her people and redefined the role of the monarchy.
The sparkling series featured the irresistible William Powell and Myrna Loy chemistry as husband and wife sleuths who solved murders with the aid of their wire-haired terrier Asta. Set in the glamorous world of 1930s upper-class Manhattan The Thin Man and its sequels established the standard for witty comedy clever dialogue and urbane one upmanship. This fantastic collection includes 'The Thin Man' 'After the Thin Man' 'Another Thin Man' 'Shadow of the Thin Man' 'The Thin Man
The Young Princess of Germany Sophia is taken to Russia to marry the Grand Duke Peter son of the domineering Empress in an attempt to improve the royal blood line. She dislikes her husband and so after the old Empress dies she engineers a coup d'etat with help of the military and becomes Catherine The Great.
A classic tale of cowardice and bravery Alexander Korda's Oscar-nominated adaptation of A.E.W. Mason's iconic novel is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular of the early Technicolor films. With sweeping battle scenes and a tightly constructed script by Oscar-nominated R.C. Sherriff this is a bold military epic featuring evocative locations and a pounding score by Miklos Rozsa. Showcasing outstanding performances from both John Clements and Ralph Richardson The Four Feathers is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Harry Faversham born into a distinguished military family automatically joins the army with three close childhood friends – Durrance Willoughby and Burroughs. Quickly feeling that he is unsuited to the army life and newly engaged to Ethne he resigns his commission only to be accused of cowardice by his friends. Each sends him the traditional white feather in contempt; the fourth is plucked from Ethne's fan. Realising the disgrace he has brought to himself and his family Harry sets out alone to the distant war to redeem himself... Special Features: Original theatrical trailer A Day at Denham newsreel film Archive 1975 interview with Ralph Richardson Image gallery
A pre-code film that sneaked onto screens just as the censorious Hays Office began cracking down on Hollywood's racier propositions, Cleopatra is a libertine paean to decadence and depravity that can still send a viewer's mind reeling and pulse thumping – all courtesy of the Golden Age's swampiest psychosexual auteur, Cecil B. DeMille (The Ten Commandments; The Greatest Show on Earth; The King of Kings). Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night; The Palm Beach Story; Drums Along the Mohawk) presides over the most outrageous spectacle this side of The Scarlet Empress as the eponymous pharaoh queen who speeds from Julius Caesar (Warren William) to Marc Antony (Henry Wilcoxon), from Egypt to Rome, from war-room to bedroom… The whiff of incense permeates every scene, with each connected to the next in a veritable matrix of whips, blindfolds, and bindings – the crazed arrangement laying bare all the fetish inklings of the moving-picture dream.
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Alongside Victoria The Great the film to which this is the sequel Sixty Glorious Years is a fine early example of the kind of lavish sweeping romance on which Anna Neagle built her career. Although it was the years during and after the war in which she truly sealed her position as the brightest star of the day her magisterial performance as a monarch who was in 1938 still very much part of collective living memory drew great acclaim and undoubtedly paved the way for successes to come.
A pre-code film that sneaked onto screens just as the censorious Hays Office began cracking down on Hollywood's racier propositions, Cleopatra is a libertine paean to decadence and depravity that can still send a viewer's mind reeling and pulse thumping - all courtesy of the Golden Age's swampiest psychosexual auteur, Cecil B. DeMille (The Ten Commandments; The Greatest Show on Earth; The King of Kings).Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night; The Palm Beach Story; Drums Along the Mohawk) presides over the most outrageous spectacle this side of The Scarlet Empress as the eponymous pharaoh queen who speeds from Julius Caesar (Warren William) to Marc Antony (Henry Wilcoxon), from Egypt to Rome, from war-room to bedroom... The whiff of incense permeates every scene, with each connected to the next in a veritable matrix of whips, blindfolds, and bindings - the crazed arrangement laying bare all the fetish inklings of the moving-picture dream.Lavishly produced with some of the most inspired waxing-moon photography and unwholesome set-design to come out of the studio system, DeMille's film is an erotic tour-de-force that obliges us to re-examine the appeal of this most popular of Hollywood directors. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Cleopatra on DVD.
In 1936 'The Garden Of Allah' was billed as Selznick's showcase for Technicolour. It turned out to be a visually stunning film with vibrant colour realism seldom seen in pictures. Bizarrely the film was not nominated for Best Picture Oscar as the Academy felt that 'its natural beauty would outpoint conventional product'. Now fully restored and digitally re-mastered it still looks wonderful even by today's standards Marlene Dietrich is Domini a young heiress who journeys to t
Featuring Bump MacDonald's Farm and Mother Goose. 'Mother Goose' provides an interactive learning programme for kids. 'Bump' features six stories about an elephant. 'MacDonald's Farm' finds a group of friends on a farm discovering the world around them.
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Little Princess: Sara Crew (Shirley Temple) is sent to boarding school by her widowed father Captain Crewe (Ian Hunter) so he can go and fight in the Boer War. When he is reported killed Sara is treated like a servant by the spiteful headmistress and can only cling to the hope that her father will one day return. Little Lord Fauntleroy: Freddie Bartholomew stars as Ceddie Erroll a typical Brooklyn boy getting into scrapes and running around with his best friend Dick T
If we men married the women we deserved...We should have a very bad time of it. 1890s high society provides the setting for Oscar Wilde's sparkling comedy of morals and manners in which an 'ideal' husband must fight to save both his marriage and reputation when a blackmailing adventures threatens him with a political scandal.
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