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The Leopard (1963)
Director: Luchino Visconti
Itís tempting to wonder how Viscontiís epic masterpiece might have turned out had Laurence Olivier, the directorís first choice of leading man, met with his producersí approval. Probably no better than it already does, which is to pay an enormous compliment to Burt Lancaster who, against all expectations, brings a wealth of dignity and pathos to the title role of Prince Don Fabrizio Salina, a Sicilian aristocrat and patriarch striving to preserve his familyís prosperity in the face of approaching revolution and the impending death of the old order. Not all the plaudits belong to Lancaster, of course. Viscontiís direction is as ambitious and visually inspired as ever, particularly in the 45-minute ballroom scene that acts as the filmís elegiac coda. Read Review

Darling (1965)
Director: John Schlesinger
This bitchy Julie Christie vehicle flagged up the shallowness of celebrity long before Paris Hilton. Read Review

My Darling Clementine (1946)
Director: John Ford
Fordís take on Wyatt Earp ó with Henry Fonda as the legendary Tombstone sheriff ó is unapologetically poetic, concerning itself less with the O. K. Corral than Earpís friendship/rivalry with Victor Matureís Doc Read Review

Sunrise (1927)
Director: F. W. Murnau
A standard potboiler about a man pushed to bump off his wife by a seductress is elevated to dreamlike intensity by the visual brilliance of Murnau. Read Review

Pandoraís Box (1929)
Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Even if you donít know the film, youíll know the image of pouting, bob-haired Louise Brooks. This story of a doomed woman is a symphony of style. Read Review

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