Bell Book and Candle (1958)

“It might be pleasant to be humdrum once in a while.” Synopsis: A modern-day witch (Kim Novak) living “underground” in New York City with her brother (Jack Lemmon) and aunt (Elsa Lanchester) secretly casts a spell to lure her neighbor (James Stewart) away from his fiancee (Janice Rule). Meanwhile, her brother foolishly cooperates with an […]

Vertigo (1958)

“One doesn’t often get a second chance.” Synopsis: A retired policeman (James Stewart) with a fear of heights is asked by his friend (Tom Helmore) to follow his beautiful wife (Kim Novak), who has recently become obsessed with her suicidal ancestor. Soon Stewart finds himself obsessively in love with Novak, and is devastated when events […]

Sunrise (1927)

“This song of the Man and his Wife is of no place and every place; you might hear it anywhere, at any time.” Synopsis: A simple country farmer (George O’Brien) is persuaded by his vampish lover (Margaret Livingston) to murder his wife (Janet Gaynor) on a boat trip — but O’Brien’s conscience gets the better […]

Crowd, The (1928)

“The crowd laughs with you always… But it will cry with you for only a day.” Synopsis: An idealistic young man (James Murray) born at the turn of the 20th century struggles to make a living in 1920s New York while maintaining a happy home life with his new wife (Eleanor Boardman) and young kids. […]

Man Who Laughs, The (1928)

“A Comprachico surgeon carved a grin upon his face so he might laugh forever at his fool of a father.” Synopsis: In 17th century France, a young boy (Julius Molnar Jr.) whose mouth has been carved into a permanent smile as punishment to his disloyal father is adopted by a kind mountebank named Ursus (Cesare […]

Last Laugh, The (1924)

“In consideration of your long service with us, we have found another position for you.” Synopsis: When an aging doorman (Emil Jannings) at a fancy hotel is demoted to washroom attendant, he hides this shameful fact from his family and neighbors as long as possible — but could an unexpected change in fortune be around […]

Triumph of the Will (1935)

“It is our will that this state shall endure for a thousand years. We are happy to know that the future is ours entirely!” Synopsis: In Leni Riefenstahl’s controversial “documentary”, Adolf Hitler greets adoring crowds during the 1934 Nazi Party Convention in Nuremberg. Genres: Documentary Nazis Propaganda Response to Peary’s Review: Peary refers to “Leni […]

Last Metro, The (1980)

“It takes two to love, as it takes two to hate.” Synopsis: In German-occupied France during WWII, the owner (Catherine Deneuve) of a theater hides her Jewish husband (Heinz Bennent) in the basement while rehearsing a play with a new leading man (Gerard Depardieu) and an ambitious young starlet (Sabine Haudepin). Genres: Actors and Actresses […]

Story of Adele H, The / Histoire de Adele H., L’ (1975)

“One can be in love with a man and still despise everything about him.” Synopsis: The daughter (Isabelle Adjani) of French novelist Victor Hugo travels undercover to Nova Scotia in pursuit of a former lover (Bruce Robinson), but becomes increasingly unhinged and deluded about their aborted relationship. Genres: Francois Truffaut Films French Films Historical Drama […]

Bride Wore Black, The (1968)

“You took something from me that you can’t give me back.” Synopsis: A vengeful widow (Jeanne Moreau) plots to methodically murder the five men — Michel Bouquet, Jean-Claude Brialy, Charles Denner, Claude Rich, and Michael Lonsdale — she believes are responsible for her husband’s premature death. Genres: Femmes Fatales Francois Truffaut Films French Films Jeanne […]