The Search (1948)

BBBBB (out of 5) Montgomery Clift deservedly became a star and former documentary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann a director to be reckoned with thanks to the combination of their talents on this richly moving drama. The war has ended and the Allies (including an outstanding Aline MacMahon) are still in Europe helping to get displaced people to…

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The Red Shoes

BBBB (out of 5) The most beloved of all the films that Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ever made is this beautiful tale inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s story. Probably one of the most gorgeous uses of colour ever made, it’s about a brilliant ballerina (Moira Shearer, showing equally impressive skills as both actor and…

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Hamlet (1948)

BBBBB (out of 5) Moody, atmospheric adaptation of the Bard’s most popular tragedy, directed with noirish zeal by Laurence Olivier. He also plays the title role, the very confused Prince of Denmark who is thrust into emotional turmoil when his father’s sudden death is immediately followed by his mother’s marriage to his father’s brother. When…

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Johnny Belinda

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jane Wyman won an Academy Award for her sensitive portrayal of a deaf-mute woman in Nova Scotia who bears a child after being raped by a local bad guy. At first her shocked family think that she has behaved improperly, but when they learn the truth they decide to support her as…

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The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Three men, two drifters and an old coot, band together to go looking for gold in the mountains of Mexico. They find bags of it, but it isn’t long before human greed and paranoia divide and set them against each other. Humphrey Bogart has one of his best roles in this John…

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