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    13 Ghosts

    1960
    Columbia
    Aiming squarely at the allowances of moppet readers of Famous Monsters of Filmland, William Castle followed “Percepto” with a new gimmick in 1960, “Illusion-O”. Paul Frees’...
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    20 Million Miles to Earth

    1957
    Columbia
    The dino-like Ymir is one of Ray Harryhausen’s most personable stop-motion creations and the last to benefit from his brilliant black-and-white lighting. Currently available in a...
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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Buena Vista `1954
    Fans who saw this as children count this elaborate Jules Verne adaptation as one of their greatest movie experiences. Walt Disney’s first all-live-action production was a...
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968
    MGM
    Many a baby boomer’s most treasured recollections of the 1960s include one or more altered-state viewings of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s game-changing science fiction...
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    3 Days of the Condor

    1975
    Paramount
    For years studio development execs have tried to use Sydney Pollack’s classic conspiracy thriller as a template for would-be blockbusters, but hardly any of the various...
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    3 On A Match

    1932
    Warner Bros.
    The largely forgotten Ann Dvorak sizzles in this snappy 63 minute‚ pre-code Warner Bros. melange of booze, drugs and gambling. Scarface star Dvorak still has a...
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    52 Pickup

    1986
    Cannon Film Distributors
    This was a bright spot in a fallow period for director John Frankenheimer after disasters like PROPHECY. The magic charms of the late Elmore Leonard kicked...
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    7 Faces of Dr. Lao

    1964
    MGM
    The Circus of Dr. Lao, written by Charles G. Finney in 1935, was a cynical, trenchant satire of the small minds of small town people.  George...
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    8 1/2

    1963
    Embassy Pictures Corporation
    Federico Fellini’s follow up to La Dolce Vita (and his last black-and-white movie) is the rare classic that rewards each viewing over a lifetime with new and different insights....
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    A Boy and His Dog

    1975
    LQ/JAF
    Harlan Ellison’s Nebula-winning post-WW IV sci-fi novella is transferred to the the screen by longtime character player-turned-director L.Q. Jones, who never directed another film despite its...
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    A Boy Ten Feet Tall

    1965
    Paramount
    One of Alexander Mackendrick’s lesser known efforts, this hard-luck family movie shot in Africa under the title Sammy Going South existed in several versions. The original...
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    A Bucket of Blood

    1959
    AIP
    “Life is an obscure hobo, bumming a ride on the omnibus of art.” The wit and wisdom of writer Charles B. Griffith, Roger Corman’s hipper-than-thou alter-ego,...
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    A Chump at Oxford

    1940
    United Artists
    Like Saps at Sea, this Hal Roach Laurel & Hardy vehicle was originally conceived as a four-reeler, but was bumped up to 63 minutes to compete...
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    A Face in the Crowd

    1957
    Warner Bros.
    Elia Kazan’s lacerating portrait of a down home demagogue has never lost its disturbing relevance. Anchored by a ferocious performance by Andy Griffith, Budd Schulberg’s media-savvy...
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    A Fish Called Wanda

    1988
    MGM
    A comic crime caper stuffed with eccentric supporting characters, A FISH CALLED WANDA is in the best tradition of British comedies like THE LAVENDER HILL MOB....
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    A Fistful of Dollars

    1967
    United Artists
    Dashiell Hammet? Akira Kurosawa? Are these among the progenitors of the spaghetti western?! Yep. Hammet’s Red Harvest informed Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, which was transformed into the first...
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    A Hard Day’s Night

    1964
    United Artists
    In 1964 the widespread teenage lament was, “what?! the Beatles movie is in black & white?!” But this was no fly-by-night Sam Katzman musical quickie, —...
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    A High Wind in Jamaica

    1965
    20th Century Fox
    Director Alexander Mackendrick was unhappy with studio changes to his work, but this unsentimental critical and boxoffice failure remains a compelling adaptation of Richard Hughes’ disturbing...
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    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    1935
    Warner Bros.
    An unlikely pairing of Shakespeare and Warner Bros. with an all-star cast and dazzling production values. You’ll notice that nowhere in this trailer do you hear...
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    A Night at the Opera

    1935
    MGM
    Although some bemoan Irving Thalberg’s civilizing influence on the Marx Brothers when they moved to MGM, this is probably their most popular picture. And seen with...
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    1984
    New Line Cinema
    Wes Craven started a wildly popular franchise with this offbeat chiller which pretty much became a license to print money. It made back its $1.8 million...
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    A Raisin in the Sun

    1961
    Columbia
    In this specially filmed trailer producer David Suskind explains why it’s okay for white folks to like his expanded filmization of Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed one-set play...
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    A Star is Born

    1954
    Warner Bros.
    Cary Grant was originally entreated by co-star Judy Garland‚ to play fading star Norman Maine in this remake of the 1937 original, but when he stepped...
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    A Star is Born ’76

    1976
    Warner Bros.
    Barbra Streisand steps into the Judy Garland role in this big-scale musical remake that works pretty well on its own terms, but would have benefitted from...
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    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankentstein

    1948
    Universal
    After “Young Frankenstein”, this is probably the best-loved horror comedy of all time and is more elaborately produced than the previous two serious Frankenstein films. Bela...
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    Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

    1955
    Universal
    Bud and Lou meet their last monster in this well-worn but still amusing‚ finale to their long stint at Universal. The frequently‚ at-odds duo were to...
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    Ace in the Hole

    1951
    Paramount
    Audiences in 1951 rejected Billy Wilder’s acerbic, jet-black satire, based on a real life incident, as cynical and depressing–and that it is, in spades. But today...
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    Act of Violence

    1948
    MGM
    Moviegoers seeking easy answers should steer clear of Fred Zinneman’s hardboiled thriller from 1948, ACT OF VIOLENCE. Zinneman uses the then recent horrors of World War...
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    Adam’s Rib

    1949
    MGM
    Tracy and Hepburn define the word “chemistry” as  husband and wife lawyers battling each each other at home and in a divorce case allegedly inspired by the amicable divorce of Raymond...
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    Africa Blood and Guts

    1967
    Rizzoli
    The Italian creators of the worldwide ’60s smash Mondo Cane, initiators of the popular “shockumentary” genre, set their sights on the troubled Dark Continent with predictably...
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    After Hours

    1985
    Warner Bros.
    A hapless Griffin Dunne tries to make his way home from New York’s Soho district in this quirky, unexpected black comedy that was nearly directed by...
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    After the Fox

    1966
    United Artists
    Neil Simon, a first-time screenwriter with three hits running on Broadway, wanted Marcello Mastroianni to play the lead in this movie-biz caper comedy, but got Peter...
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    Alien

    1979
    20th Century Fox
    The monster in Ridley Scott’s influential sci fi classic was played by a 7’2 Nigerian design student and set some kind of record for coating with...
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    All Fall Down

    1962
    MGM
    Live television director John Frankenheimer’s third theatrical feature is based on James Leo Herlihy’s dysfunctional family novel. This led directly into Frankenheimer’s amazing run of five...
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    All Night Long

    1963
    Colorama Features
    No, not the 1982 Barbra Streisand movie (which come to think of it might be equally unfamiliar), but Basil Dearden’s sadly obscure 1962 British drama which...
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930
    Universal
    Riots erupted in Germany when when this anti-war classic debuted in cinemas. Lewis Milestone (who took home a directing Oscar along with the Best Picture award)...
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    All That Heaven Allows

    1955
    Universal
    Another lacerating depiction of the values of post-war middle-class Americans from Douglas Sirk, who Universal seemed to regard merely as their house soap-opera specialist. Once again...
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    All That Jazz

    1979
    20th Century Fox
    All That Jazz, director Bob Fosse’s ode to Bob Fosse, is one of the most kinetic, technically dazzling movie musicals ever made. The film, a thinly-veiled...
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    All The King’s Men

    1949
    Columbia
    Rumor has it there was a recent remake of this Best Picture Oscar-winner, but nobody seems to remember seeing it. Broderick Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge also...
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    All the President’s Men

    1976
    Warner Bros.
    One of the great newspaper movies. Even though today we know the identity of “Deep Throat”, Alan Pakula and William Goldman’s tense reconstruction of Woodward &...
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    All Through the Night

    1942
    Warner Bros.
    Released soon after Pearl Harbor, audiences in 1941 didn’t find this Runyonesque comic melodrama in which familiar Warner gangsters unite to fight Nazis all that funny....
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    Alligator

    1980
    Group 1 International
    John Sayles wrote the witty script, mostly on airplanes, at the same time he was writing The Howling, and Joe Dante remains convinced that the dream sequence...
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    Almost Famous

    2000
    Columbia
    Despite generally rapturous reviews, Cameron Crowe’s engaging semi-autographical chronicle of a teenage writer touring with rock bands for Rolling Stone struggled at the box office, but has...
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    Altered States

    1980
    Warner Bros.
    William Hurt, in his screen debut, experiments with that nostalgic 80s pastime, sensory deprivation, which culminates in biological devolution. Writer Paddy Chayefsky, credited onscreen as Sidney...
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    Amarcord

    1974
    New World
    Federico Fellini‚ remembers his Fascist-era hometown‚ Rimini (renamed Borgo) in a‚ loosely structured, sometimes dreamlike evocation of a year in the life of a small Italian...
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    American Graffiti

    1973
    Universal
    George Lucas was originally slated to direct Apocalypse Now for Warner Bros. but the deal fell though. Despite its shoestring budget and little support from Universal,...
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    American Movie

    1999
    Sony Pictures Classics
    What should be a comedy of errors about a hapless filmmaker’s efforts to complete a low, low budget horror film becomes instead a poignant tale about...
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    An Affair to Remember

    1957
    20th Century Fox
    One of the then-rare examples of a director remaking his own film, Leo McCarey’s 1957 remake of his 1939 Love Affair casts Cary Grant and Deborah...
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    An American Hippie in Israel

    1972
    Box Office Spectaculars
    Practically begging to be a cult film, this 1972 Israeli comedy featuring murderous mimes, bloodthirsty sharks and a Vietnam vet shipwrecked with a band of hippies...
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    Anatomy of a Murder

    1959
    Columbia
    Otto Preminger learned a lot from Hitchcock, publicity-wise. The autocratic Viennese director basically stars in this trailer for one of his biggest hits, based on a...
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    Angels With Dirty Faces

    1938
    Warner Bros.
    “C’mon out, Rocky. You haven’t got a chance!” 70 years of parodies haven’t dimmed the luster of this much-beloved Warners gangster saga that pretty much defined...
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    Apache Woman

    1955
    ARC
    Roger Corman tells us the story behind his second ten-day western, a pro-Indian melodrama in the Broken Arrow mold. Dick Miller, originally hired to play an...
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