Olvidados, Los / Young and the Damned, The (1950)

“Listen to me, my darling — you’re not that bad.” Synopsis: In the slums of Mexico City, a boy (Alfonso Mejia) whose over-worked mother (Estela Inda) refuses to love him joins forces with a thuggish ex-con (Roberto Cobo) who swears him to secrecy after witnessing a murder. Genres: Juvenile Delinquents Luis Bunuel Films Mexico Single […]

Place in the Sun, A (1951)

“If you’re an Eastman, you’re not in the same boat with anyone.” Synopsis: The poor nephew (Montgomery Clift) of a wealthy factory owner (Herbert Heyes) secretly dates a co-worker (Shelley Winters), who becomes pregnant. Meanwhile, Clift is invited into his uncle’s social circle and falls in love with a beautiful socialite (Elizabeth Taylor). Will Clift […]

Robe, The (1953)

“Why must men betray themselves with doubts?” Synopsis: A Roman tribune (Richard Burton) in love with a childhood sweetheart (Jean Simmons) promised in marriage to Emperor Caligula (Jay Robinson) finds his life changed forever when his slave (Victor Mature) runs away after Burton assists in crucifying Jesus, and Jesus’s robe seems to cast a spell […]

Ivanhoe (1952)

“I love you, with all the longing in this lonely world.” Synopsis: While visiting his estranged father (Finlay Currie) to request money for the ransom of Richard the Lionheart (Norman Wooland) — who is being held prisoner by his treacherous brother Prince John (Guy Rolfe) — a Saxon knight named Ivanhoe (Robert Taylor) visits his […]

Cleopatra (1963)

“A woman, too, must make the barren land fruitful. She must make life grow where there was no life. Just as the Mother Nile feeds and replenishes the Earth, I am the Nile.” Synopsis: After helping Queen Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) banish her brother — Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII (Richard O’Sullivan) — and become the sole ruler […]

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

“Something ain’t right: you’re childless, and my son drinks.” Synopsis: A dying patriarch (Burl Ives) and his wife (Judith Anderson) celebrate Ives’ birthday with their two grown sons: an alcoholic ex-athlete (Paul Newman) whose childless wife (Elizabeth Taylor) is desperate for sexual attention, and a man (Jack Carson) whose pregnant wife (Madeleine Sherwood) wants to […]

National Velvet (1944)

“I, too, believe that everyone should have a chance at a breathtaking piece of folly once in his life.” Synopsis: With the help of an itinerant trainer (Mickey Rooney) — and the blessing of her mother (Anne Revere) — the 12-year-old daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) of a small-town butcher (Donald Crisp) enters her horse, the Pie, […]

Quadrophenia (1979)

“I don’t want to be the same as everybody else! That’s why I’m a Mod, see?” Synopsis: A disaffected working-class Londoner (Phil Daniels) rides a scooter with his Mod buddies while pining after a beautiful girl (Leslie Ash) whose affection he finally wins (temporarily) during a bloody riot in Brighton against a rival gang of […]

Donkey Skin (1971)

“I love you, my daughter, and wish to marry you.” Synopsis: A king (Jean Marais) whose dying wife (Micheline Presle) makes him promise he will only remarry if he can find someone wiser and more beautiful than herself decides that his grown daughter (Catherine Deneuve) is the sole suitable candidate. After seeking advice from her […]

Only Game in Town, The (1970)

“I’m making jokes because I’m scared, but I’ve never been more serious in my life.” Synopsis: A Vegas showgirl (Elizabeth Taylor) has an affair with a gambling-addicted musician (Warren Beatty) while waiting for her married lover (Charles Braswell) to finally get a divorce — but when her opportunity for a lasting union arrives, will she […]