The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Carson McCullers’s first novel was the third of her works to reach the screen, following adaptations of The Member of the Wedding (1952), with Julie Harris and Ethel Waters, and… Read more »

Zulu

Fifty years ago, this re-creation of a small British garrison’s heroic stand against 4,000 Zulu warriors in the 1879 Battle of Rorke’s Drift opened in the U.S. during a period… Read more »

The Naked City

William Daniels was more accustomed to photographing glamorous stars like Greta Garbo and Norma Shearer when he took to the streets of New York for this pioneering  location-shot murder mystery…. Read more »

The Muppet Movie

Kermit the Frog may be pushing 60 (he was introduced in 1955), but his film career is only 35 years old. The television character and his many friends made the… Read more »

The Great Gatsby

Fans of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel who only know Jay Gatsby on screen as Robert Redford or Leonardo DiCaprio may be surprised by how faithful the generally underrated Alan… Read more »

Sunday in New York

Fifty-one years ago, Jane Fonda was still a bigscreen newcomer and no one would have expected her to eventually win two Oscars and an Emmy. After an uncertain start, she… Read more »

On Approval

In his only outing as a director, actor Clive Brook created a surprisingly cinematic adaptation of Frederick Lonsdale’s classic comedy of manners. He and co-writer Terence Young (later the director… Read more »

Johnny Guitar

For almost any other director, having to work with the low budgets at B-movie studio Republic Pictures would have been a drawback. For Nicholas Ray, it was a chance to… Read more »

Hat Check Girl

Not all pre-Code films are as rampantly sexual as Baby Face (1933) or The Story of Temple Drake (1933). Yet the casual inclusion of sexual situations and criminal activities contributed… Read more »

Freaks

Tod Browning’s magnum opus drew on his own experience working in the circus as well as his years of collaboration with silent star Lon Chaney on what some critics have… Read more »

Eraserhead

Often hailed as “the greatest student film ever made,” this avant-garde classic introduced David Lynch to the world of feature films. He started the picture while still studying at the… Read more »

5th Avenue Girl

Ginger Rogers cemented her position as a top comedienne when she followed Bachelor Mother (1939) with this moneymaking trifle, now available in a new print in honor of its 75th… Read more »

Sorcerer

This adaptation of the novel by Georges Arnaud, which also inspired Henri-Georges Clouzot’s suspense classic The Wages of Fear (1953), is director William Friedkin’s favorite of all his films, mainly… Read more »