Great Lie, The (1941)

“If I didn’t think you meant so well, I’d feel like slapping your face.” Synopsis: When pilot Pete Van Allen (George Brent) learns that his whirlwind marriage to temperamental pianist Sandra Kovak (Mary Astor) isn’t legal, he visits his former flame Maggie (Bette Davis) and realizes he wants to marry her instead. Pete’s plane is […]

Kriemhild’s Revenge / Kriemhild’s Rache / She-Devil, The (1924)

“Earth, you were once soaked in Siegfried’s blood. One day I shall come and drench you with the blood of Hagen Tronje!” Synopsis: Grieving widow Kriemhild (Margarete Schon) agrees to marry Attila the Hun (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) when he promises to defend her name at any cost. After the birth of their son, Kriemhild invites her […]

Siegfried / Siegfried’s Tod (1924)

“Young Siegfried understood the bird’s song: If the dragon slayer would bathe in the dragon’s blood, his body would become invincible, forever safe against word and spear.” Synopsis: While traveling to Worms to propose to Kriemhild (Margarete Schon) — the sister of King Gunther (Theodor Loos) — Siegfried (Paul Richter) kills a dragon and becomes […]

Woman in Flames, A (1982)

“I wonder just how far I can go… I’m open to anything!” Synopsis: A dissatisfied housewife (Gudrun Landgrebe) becomes an upscale call girl, and soon is in demand as a dominatrix. She falls madly in love with a gigolo (Mathieu Carriere), but after they move in together, they quickly grow jealous of each other’s clients. […]

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

“We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!” Synopsis: Desperate for money, aspiring writer Joe Gillis (William Holden) is hired by aging silent movie star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) to help her write her comeback screenplay. Soon the two are lovers — but things become complicated when Holden finds himself falling in love with a young […]

Kramer versus Kramer (1979)

“How much courage does it take to walk out on your kid?” Synopsis: When his troubled wife (Meryl Streep) walks out on him, a workaholic father (Dustin Hoffman) must learn to care for their 6-year-old son Billy (Justin Henry) on his own. Soon Hoffman discovers the joys of parenthood, but things are complicated when Streep […]

Hatful of Rain, A (1957)

“You got it for free in the hospital ward, Johnny, but Mother’s no charity ward — right, Mother?” Synopsis: War hero Johnny (Don Murray) hides his heroin addiction from his pregnant wife (Eva Marie Saint) and estranged father (Lloyd Nolan), while relying on his brother Polo (Anthony Franciosa) for financial and emotional support. Meanwhile, Johnny’s […]

I Married a Witch (1942)

“Jonathan Wooley, thou hast denounced me as a witch — for that, thou shalt be accursed!” Synopsis: The spirits of a witch (Veronica Lake) and her father (Cecil Kelloway) who were burned at the stake in 17th century New England take revenge upon the descendant (Fredric March) of their accuser. Things become more complicated, however, […]

It Happened One Night (1934)

“I had you pegged from the jump: just a spoiled brat of a rich father.” Synopsis: A spoiled heiress (Claudette Colbert) whose controlling father (Walter Connolly) disapproves of her recent elopement with an aviator (Jameson Thomas) runs away, and is discovered by a reporter (Clark Gable) hoping for a big story. As they travel together, […]

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

“What Frankie does is his business; I have my own principles, and I have to live with them!” Synopsis: Worried that his girlfriend (Annette Funicello) will stray while he’s stationed in the South Pacific, Frankie (Frankie Avalon) consults a witch doctor (Buster Keaton), who sends a spying pelican to watch over Annette’s every move, and […]