Entries Tagged 'Classics' ↓

nights of cabiria

Okay, we’re going out on a limb here given our stance on Pretty Woman, but trust us this Fellini film is not advocating becoming a plucky whore so you can be rescued by handsome and wealthy business man. Cabiria, the prostitute of the title, treats the business as a business, and takes care of her self. However, a hopeless romantic, she gets taken in by a number of unscrupulous men. Giulietta Masina plays Cabiria like Lucille Ball on the wrong side of the tracks: her energy is infectious and you can’t help believing that the next man is going to see her for the gem that she is. [italy, 1957]

clueless

Amy Heckerling directs this sassy Emma-inspired satire on American teen culture. Her smart script inspired a cult following and a slew of new expressions. Here the “hymenally challenged” Cher delivers such gems (with the perfect L.A. whine, of course) as “I’m surfing the crimson tide” or “That is so five years ago.” [us, 1995]

mildred pierce

This film noir classic revived Joan Crawford’s career and won her the 1945 best actress OscarĀ®. Crawford plays a doting mother who becomes a successful career woman when her marriage breaks up. The focus of her hard-won success is providing luxuries to her spoiled and conniving daughter. Fights over a snivelling playboy, murder, and lies come between them, as Mildred tries her best to hold her family together. [us, 1945]

two women

Sophia Loren stars as Cesaria in this heart-breaking story of a widow and her adolescent daughter trying to find peace and shelter in wartime Italy, where it’s unclear which passing soldiers have come to help and which have come to harm. Fearful for the safety of her daughter and ever protective, Cesaria flees Rome to her childhood village where they find some safety but little food. The film explores themes of protection, mother’s love, loss of innocence, and trust both at the personal and at the global level, and will stay with you long after you have first viewed it. Loren’s stunning performance won her an Academy Award, the first ever for a foreign language film. [italy, 1961]

harold and maude

Harold’s name may be first but it’s Maude (Ruth Gordon) who steals the show as feisty octogenarian who teaches the morbidly suicidal Harold a few things about life and a lot more about love. A bonus to this flick is the bubbly sing-along soundtrack by a pre-Islam Cat Stevens. [us, 1971]

driving miss daisy

In her Oscar-winning performance, Jessica Tandy subverts the old biddy stereotype as a proud old Southern woman forced to abandon the wheel after she plows her car into a neighbour’s yard. The movie, which also won an Oscar for best picture in 1990, explores a 25-year friendship between Miss Daisy and her African-American chauffeur. In this moving portrait of aging, Tandy shows her astonishing range as she ages from a feisty 70-year-old to an increasingly fragile and senile old woman.[us, 1989]