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1900-1920s

The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. See The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: African Americans

A Fool There Was (1915)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Edward José, Theda Bara, Mabel Frenyear, Victor Benoit. A cunning woman uses her irresistible charms to seduce and abandon a series of influential men. When one lover commits suicide on the deck of a luxury liner, she merely turns her gaze to another passenger, and leads him down a path to moral degradation and public scorn. Based on the play "A fool there was" by Porter Emerson Browne, and the poem "The vampire" by Rudyard Kipling. 67 min. DVD 4964
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Staiger, Janet. "The Vamp." In: Bad women : regulating sexuality in early American cinema / Janet Staiger. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 1995. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6 S73 1995)

Broken Blossoms (1919)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. See The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: Asians

True Heart Susie (1919)
Directed by D. W. Griffith. Cast: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Wilbur Higby, Loyola O'Conner, George Fawcett, Clarine Seymour. In rural America Susie loves William and will sacrifice anything to give him true happiness and an opportunity to realize his ambitions. She makes sacrifices unknown to him and he rises, while she remains just a country girl, which puts him beyond her reach and within the reach of another whom he eventually marries. 90 min. vhs 999:1895
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Stella Maris (1918)
Directed by Frances Marion. Cast: Mary Pickford, Conway Tearle, Marcia Manon, Ida Waterman, Herbert Standing. Stella Maris is a beautiful, crippled girl, who is cared for by a rich family. They shield her from the harsh realities of the world, so that she has no idea of the cruel things that some people do. Unity Blake is a poor orphan all too familiar with the harsh realities of the real world. These two young women both fall in love with John, love which is complicated by the fact that he is still married to (though separated from) a bad wife. Based on a novel by William J. Locke. 94 min. DVD X4831; vhs 999:2092
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Latham, John. "Double Pickford: Stella Maris." In: American cinema of the 1910s : themes and variations / edited by Charlie Keil and Ben Singer. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85733 2009)

Way Down East (1920)
Directed by D. W. Griffith. Cast: Lillian Gish, Richard Bathelmess, Lowell Sherman. Melodrama about a young woman who is lured into a fake marriage, becomes pregnant and is abandoned. She moves to a small town and falls in love with a wealthy but humble man, but cannot escape her scandalous past. Based on the play by Lottie Blair Parker. 146 min. DVD 17; vhs 999:2459; vhs 999:567
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The Blot (1921)
Directed by Lois Weber. Cast: Philip Hubbard, Margaret McWade, Claire Windsor, Louis Calhern, Marie Walcamp. A poverty-stricken professor's daughter is admired by a wealthy student. Although fond of the student, the girl maintains her distance because of her differing social status. When the daughter becomes ill, the family's financial hardship causes the teacher's wife to be accused of stealing. 77 min. DVD 2473; vhs 999:3417
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Parchesky, Jennifer. "Lois Weber's The Blot: Rewriting Melodrama, Reproducing the Middle Class." Cinema Journal. 39(1):23-53. 1999 Fall UC users only

Lois Weber bibliography

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Director: Rex Ingram. Cast: Pomeroy Cannon, Josef Swickard, Bridgetta Clark, Rudolf Valentino, Virginia Warwick. When his girlfriend's husband is blinded in the war, a wealthy Argentinian's son is persuaded to enlist in the war effort, spurred on by a recruiter who believes that WWI is the beginning of the Apocalypse. Partly set in Argentina, partly in France this anti-German story describes the horrors of WW I as the background for a tragic story of illicit love. It was Rex Ingram's first truly successful movie and established Valentino as a star. Based on the novel of the same title by Vicente Blasco Ibañez. 150 min. DVD X6384; vhs 999:1655
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Orphans of the Storm (1921)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Monty Blue, Joseph Schildkraut, Lucille La Verne, Sheldon Lewis. Re-creating the aristocratic splendor and devastating poverty of 18th century France, D.W. Griffith created an emotionally-charged drama with political intrigue, spectacle, and his usual degree of social moralizing. The plot concerns two orphaned sisters, the resourceful Henriette and the blind Louise, who arrive in Paris on the eve of the French Revolution. As the Revolution unfolds, they are exploited, misused, separated and finally threatened with the guilliotine before the happy ending. Adapted from "The two orphans" by A. D'Ennery. 150 min. DVD 1542; also DVD 67
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Blood and Sand (1922)
Directed by Fred Niblo. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee, Nita Naldi, Walter Long. A romantic tragedy about the rise and fall of a matador. Juan Gallardo, Spain's most idolized matador, returns to his home town and finds himself the victim of his own desires and the sinister charms of the exotic Doña Sol. Special features: Filmed introduction by Orson Welles ; Parody starring Will Rogers from his 1924 film "Big moments from little pictures" produced by Hal Roach ; original theatrical trailer ; footage of Valentino's funeral procession ; audio recording of the love theme, Susan Rogers soloist ; Vicente Blasco Ibanez and the novel: a 1922 essay by Isaac Goldberg ; Valentino "speaks," excerpts from Photoplay Magazine ; about the score. 109 min. DVD 859
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Rudolph Valentino bibliography

Greed (1924)
Directed by Erich von Stroheim. Cast: Zasu Pitts, Gibson Gowland, Jean Hersholt. The story of three WWI-era Californians whose friendship is destroyed by avarice after one wins a lottery jackpot. 133 min. DVD X565; vhs 999:521
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Lady of the Night (1925)
Directed by Monta Bell. Cast: Norma Shearer, Malcolm McGregor, George K. Arthur, Dale Fuller. Handsome David Page is loved by two very different women: Molly, an overpainted and undereducated floozy, and Florence, a refined graduate of a finishing school. Since both lovelorn ladies are played by Norma Shearer, melodrama fans know they're in for double the romantic heartache. Shearer was on the cusp of stardom when she took these showy dual roles. She makes both women strong characters, but it's her Molly who stands out: blowzy, crude, aching with love and longing for class. 64 min. DVD X5548
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Lazybones (1925)
Director, Frank Borzage. Cast: Buck Jones, Edythe Chapman, Madge Bellamy, Zasu Pitts. Steve Tuttle, the titular lazybones, takes on the responsibility of raising a fatherless girl, causing a scandal in his small town. Many years later, having returned from World War I, he discovers that he loves the grown-up girl. 86 min. DVD X714
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Belton, John. Howard Hawks, Frank Borzage, Edgar G. Ulmer London : Tantivy Press ; New York : A.S. Barnes, 1974. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 H337 1974)
Jones, Kent. "The sanctum of love." Film Comment, Sep/Oct97, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p32, 9p UC users only
Dumont, Hervé. Frank Borzage. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.B68 D8613 2006)
Lamster, Frederick. Souls made great through love and adversity : the film work of Frank Borzage / by Frederick Lamster Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 .B6135)
Vineberg, Steve. "The Last of the Great Romantics." Threepenny Review; Fall2009, Issue 119, p26-27, 2p

Broken Hearts of Broadway(1926)
Directed by Irving Cummings. Cast: Colleen Moore, Johnnie Walker, Creighton Hale, Tully Marshall, Kate Price, Alice Lake, Anthony Merlo. Stage-struck country girl Mary Ellis arrives in New York and gets a job with a chorus line. She is soon out of work for repulsing the attentions of the showowner. George, a songwriter, befriends her and gets her a job in a Chinese cabaret. By a combination of circumstances, Mary is falsely accused of the murder of the show owner's friend. Mary is freed through the devoted efforts of George, who becomes her husband. They both become successful when George writes a hit play, starring Mary, based on their experiences. Based on Broken hearts of Broadway / by James Kyrle MacCurdy. 86 min. DVD X6345
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Desjardins, Mary. "An appetite for living: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, and Clara Bow." In: Idols of modernity : movie stars of the 1920s
Edited by Patrice Petro. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .I36 2010)
Negra, Diane. "The Wearing of the Green: Irishness as a promotional discourse in the career of Colleen Moore." In: Off-white Hollywood : American culture and ethnic female stardom / Diane Negra. London ; New York : Routledge, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M56 N44 2001)

La Bohè,e(1926)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Lllian Gish, John Gilbert, René Adorée, George Hassell, Roy D'Arcy, Edward Everett Horton, Karl Dane, Frank Currier, Mathilde Comont. Mimi, a poor seamstress, and Rodolphe, a struggling playwright, fall in love. When Mimi attempts to help Rodolphe get his play produced, he suspects her of infidelity and she leaves him. Later, a severely ill Mimi returns to the now successful Rodolphe and dies. Suggested by Henry Murger's 'Life in the Latin Quarter.' 93 min. DVD X6461
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The Temptress(1926)
Directed by Fred Niblo. Cast: Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno and Lionel Barrymore (106 min.) Unhappy wife Elena falls in love with a Spanish engineer, Robledo. When it is revealed that Elena is not only married, but has also been the mistress of a banker, Robledo returns to South America. Subsequently, Elena and her husband also go to South America. Years later Robledo returns to Paris and runs into Elena who does not seem to recognize him. Elena has become a pathetic drunkard who is apparently beyond Robledo's help. Based on the novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. 106 min. DVD 4286
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Sandburg, Carl. "The Temptress." In: American movie critics: an anthology from the silents until now / edited by Phillip Lopate. New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade by Penguin Putnam, c2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995 .A448 2006)

Greta Garbo bibliography

Flesh and the Devil (1927)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson, Barbara Kent. When best friends love the same woman sparks begin to fly which ultimately leads from the boudoir to the duelling ground. 103 min. DVD 4286; vhs 999:996
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Love of Jeanne Ney (Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney) (Germany, 1927)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Jeanne is the daughter of a French diplomat who is assassinated by Bolsheviks. She falls in love with a young communist, Andreas and has a brief interlude of happiness in Paris until her uncle is murdered and the crime pinned on Andreas. 108 min. DVD 731; Video Disc 149; VHS 999:286
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Bathrick, David. "Melodrama, History, and Dickens: The Love of Jeanne Ney (1927)." In: The Films of G. W. Pabst: An Extraterritorial Cinema / edited by Eric Rentschler. pp: 52-61. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, c1990.(Main Stack PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990;Moffitt PN1998.3.P34.F5 1990)

G.W. Pabst bibliography

My Best Girl (1927)
Director, Sam Taylor. Cast: Mary Pickford, Charles Rogers, Sunshine Hart, Lucien Littlefield. Maggie, a shopgirl in a five-and-ten-cent store, falls in love with the owner's son, who gives up his society sweetheart for her. Learning of their relationship, the boy's father unsuccessfully tries to buy Maggie off, but is ultimately convinced of her worth and agrees to their marriage. 83 min. DVD X2015; vhs 999:2093
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7th Heaven (1927)
Director, Frank Borzage. Cast: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Albert Gran, David Butler, Marie Mosquini. A classic romantic meldorama that centers on Chico, a lonely Parisian sewer worker who has but two dreams: to get promoted to street sweeper, and to find a blonde girl to love him. One day he meets Diane, a beautiful woman who is being chased by the police for a petty crime. Chico helps her hide from the cops, and soon the two have fallen in love. Despite their poverty, they give each other a reason to go on, and they happily marry. But their bliss is shattered when Chico is called to fight in World War I. 119 min. DVD X712
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Belton, John. Howard Hawks, Frank Borzage, Edgar G. Ulmer London : Tantivy Press ; New York : A.S. Barnes, 1974. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 H337 1974)
Dumont, Hervé. Frank Borzage. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.B68 D8613 2006)
Jones, Kent. "The sanctum of love." Film Comment, Sep/Oct97, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p32, 9p UC users only
Lamster, Frederick. Souls made great through love and adversity : the film work of Frank Borzage / by Frederick Lamster Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 .B6135)

Street Angel (1928)
Director, Frank Borzage. Cast: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Natalie Kingston, Henry Armetta. A young Italian girl on the run from the police captures the heart of a handsome and passionate artist. When she's caught and sent to prison, he is left only with the portrait he painted of her--and the hope that they will be together again. Adapted by Philip Klein and Henry Roberts Symonds from a play by Monckton Hoffe. 101 min. DVD X713
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Belton, John. Howard Hawks, Frank Borzage, Edgar G. Ulmer London : Tantivy Press ; New York : A.S. Barnes, 1974. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 H337 1974)
Dumont, Hervé. Frank Borzage. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.B68 D8613 2006)
Jones, Kent. "The sanctum of love." Film Comment, Sep/Oct97, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p32, 9p UC users only
Lamster, Frederick. Souls made great through love and adversity : the film work of Frank Borzage / by Frederick Lamster Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 .B6135)

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1928)
Director, F.W. Murnau. Cast: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Natalie Kingston, Henry Armetta. A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife. He repents only to love his wife more in the end. Based on the story Die Reise nach Tilsit by Hermann Sudermann. Side A : Movietone version of feature (95 min.) -- Optional audio commentary by cinematographer John Bailey -- Outtakes with audio commentary by cinematographer John Bailey -- Outtakes with text cards -- Theatrical trailer -- Original scenario by Carl Mayer with annotations by F. W. Murnau -- Sunrise screenplay -- Restoration notes -- Still galleries -- Side B : European version of feature (79 min.) 85 min. DVD X713; also DVD 2841; vhs 999:993
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Awards & Honors
Academy Awards - Best Actress (Janet Gaynor)
National Film Registry Selection

Sadie Thompson (1928)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, Raoul Walsh. Stranded passengers on Pago Pago during an epidemic include Sadie Thompson, a prostitute, and Alfred Davidson, a reformer whose lust for her masquerades as a desire to save her soul. Based on the novella Miss Thompson / by Somerset Maugham. 97 min.DVD 7554; also DVD X353; vhs 999:844
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Lawrence, Amy. Echo and Narcissus : women's voices in classical Hollywood cinema Berkeley : University of California Press, c1991. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6 L38 1991)

The Kiss (1929)
Directed by Jacques Feyder. Cast: Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel, Lew Ayres, Anders Randolf, Holmes Herbert, George Davis. Irene is unhappily married to an older businessman and is terrified of her husband's jealousy and anger. She is very much in love with a handsome young lawyer who decides to stop seeing her so that he does not add to her unhappiness by ruining her marriage. She then spends her time with a young family friend who has a crush on her. An innocent kiss goodbye as he leaves for college leads to tragedy. Garbo's last silent film. Based on the story, The kiss, by George M. Saville. 64 min. DVD X4497; vhs 999:3351
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Queen Kelly (1929)
Directed by Frank Borzage. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen, Tully Marshall. A gothic romance set in a mythical European kingdom in which a convent girl is seduced by a prince and inherits a brothel in Africa before he finds her again. Special features (ca. 3 hrs.): Audio commentary by biographer Richard Koszarski; rare outtake footage; the Kino International restored ending; the "Swanson ending"; videotaped introduction by Gloria Swanson; excerpt of the original screenplay; production documents; photo gallery; "Man of Many Skins", a 1952 TV performance; audio clips of cinematographer Paul Ivano, assistant William Margulies, Allan Dwan, and Billy Wilder; dossier on "Merry-Go-Round", with excerpts of scenes directed by von Stroheim; a note on the film by Erich von Stroheim. 101 min. DVD 2247
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Belton, John. Howard Hawks, Frank Borzage, Edgar G. Ulmer London : Tantivy Press ; New York : A.S. Barnes, 1974. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 H337 1974)
Dumont, Hervé. Frank Borzage. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.B68 D8613 2006)
Jones, Kent. "The sanctum of love." Film Comment, Sep/Oct97, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p32, 9p UC users only
Lamster, Frederick. Souls made great through love and adversity : the film work of Frank Borzage / by Frederick Lamster Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 .B6135)

The River (1929)
Directed by Frank Borzage. Cast: Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan, Ivan Linow, Margaret Mann, Alfredo Sabato, Bert Woodruff. A new reconstruction of Frank Borzage's masterpiece "The river" from the last year of American silent cinema. Charles Farrell is cast as virile outdoorsman Allen John Pender, while Mary Duncan co-stars as Pender's haughty society sweetheart Rosalee. At first, Rosalee is resistant to Pender's Spartan lifestyle, but he wins her over by singing a thrilling romantic ballad. For the first time Cinémathèque Suisse was able to include a recently discovered erotic sequence which was cut by the censors. 55 min. DVD X782
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Belton, John. Howard Hawks, Frank Borzage, Edgar G. Ulmer London : Tantivy Press ; New York : A.S. Barnes, 1974. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 H337 1974)
Dumont, Hervé. Frank Borzage. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.B68 D8613 2006)
Gunning, Tom. "Essays in mad love." Sight & Sound, Jan93, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p16-19, 4p
Jones, Kent. "The sanctum of love." Film Comment, Sep/Oct97, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p32, 9p UC users only
Kirkham, P; Kirkham, Pat; Thumim, Janet. "Loving men: Frank Borzage, Charles Farrell and the reconstruction of masculinity in 1920s Hollywood cinema." In: Me Jane : masculinity, movies, and women / edited by Pat Kirkham and Janet Thumin. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 M35 1995)
Lamster, Frederick. Souls made great through love and adversity : the film work of Frank Borzage / by Frederick Lamster Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 .B6135)

Their Own Desire (1929)
Directed by E. Mason Hopper. Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Belle Bennett, Lewis Stone. When she discovers that her father is having a clandestine affair with another woman, Lally takes her mother, Harriet, to a resort, meets there a young man named Jack, and falls in love with him. After promising to marry him, she discovers that his mother is her father's mistress; and they decide to part. On a farewell boat ride they are caught in a storm, and the following morning they are reported missing. In their frantic search for them, Lally's father and Jack's mother realize the serious consequences of their affair, and reunion with their children brings about a return to their respective spouses. Based on the novel "Their own desire" by Sarita Fuller. 64 min. DVD X5546
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1930s

City Girl (aka Our Daily Bread) (1930)
Directed by F.W. Murnau. Cast: Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan, David Torrence, Edith Yorke, Guinn Williams. A wheat farmer's son marries a waitress from the city, amidst depression, hailstorm and family problems. Considered the last of the great silent film romantic melodramas, and the only work of Mary Duncan that survives in complete form. Special features: Newly created score composed and conducted by Christopher Caliendo ; Murnau's 4 Devils: traces of a lost film ; 4 Devils treatment ; 4 Devils screenplay ; still gallery. 89 min. DVD X711; vhs 999:346
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Indiscreet (1931)
Directed by Leo McCarey. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Ben Lyon, Monroe Owsley, Barbara Kent, Arthur Lake. On New Year's Eve, Geraldine Trent decides to break up with her boyfriend Jim Woodward, having finally grown tired of his dishonesty and his infidelities. Soon afterward, Geraldine meets and falls in love with novelist Anthony Blake. Blake knows that she has had a man in her past, but he is content as long as he never finds out who it was. All seems well until her sister Joan returns from a trip, and happily introduces Woodward as the new man in her life. Special feature: Newsreel and interviews "An assortment of Swanson rarities, including vintage newsreels and interviews." 92 min. DVD X353
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Kept Husband (1931)
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Cast: Dorothy Mackaill, Joel McCrea. When a rich man invites an ordinary laborer to his home for dinner his daughter falls in love and marries him. Her father offers the young man an important role in his business but his daughter now feeling neglected, starts flirting around. 76 min. vhs 999:2385
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Millie (1931)
Directed by John Francis Dillon. Cast: Helen Twelvetrees, Joan Blondell . A divorced woman with a past is put on trial after murdering her former lover for the attempted seduction of her young daughter. 85 min. vhs 999:2385
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The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)
Directed by Edgar Selwyn. Cast: Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton, Cliff Edwards, Jean Hersholt, Marie Prevost. In her first feature film Helen Hayes plays Madelon, a simple country girl who runs away to Paris with a lover who cruelly abandons her and their baby son. Desperate to provide for her child, Madelon becomes the mistress of a jewel thief, a decision that leads her to prison and, finally, the streets. Her descent from radiant girl to brazen tart to bent and defeated old woman is astonishing for its technical brilliance and emotional power. 76 min. vhs 999:3666
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Actress (Helen Hayes)
Venice Film Festival - Most Favorite Actress (Helen Hayes)

Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1931)
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Greta Garbo, Jean Hersholt, Clark Gable, John Miljan, Alan Hale, Hale Hamilton, Hilda Vaughn. Helga, a poor farm girl, runs off from the lecherous brute who means to marry her and lands in the arms of a charming neighbor, engineer Rodney Spencer. When misfortune separates them, Helga seeks refuge with circus folk, then is forced to trade her body for survival in an uncaring world. Using the name Susan Lenox, the fallen woman rises high, all the way to a Manhattan penthouse. From the book by David Graham Phillips. 76 min. DVD X6027
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Waterloo Bridge (1931)
Directed by James Whale. Cast: Mae Clarke, Kent Douglass [Douglass Montgomery], Doris Lloyd, Bette Davis, Enid Bennett, Frederick Kerr. Roy Cronin, a Canadian soldier in London on furlough, falls in love with Myra Deauville, unaware that she is a prostitute. She accepts his proposal of marriage just prior to his being shipped to the front. They visit his uncle, mother and sister for a weekend in the country. Myra realizes she cannot escape her past and, after Roy leaves, tells his mother about herself. Back in London she is killed in an air raid. From the stage play by Robert E. Sherwood. 81 min. DVD 6674
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Emma (1932)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Marie Dressler, Richard Cromwell, Jean Hersholt, Myrna Loy. Emma Thatcher becomes housekeeper to the Smith family after the mother dies giving birth to her fourth child. After the children are grown, Mr. Smith and Emma marry but unfortunately, he dies suddenly. When it is discovered that he has left everything to Emma in his will, three of the children bring a charge of murder against her. Based on a story by Frances Marion. 73 min. DVD X1800
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Grand Hotel (1932)
Directed by Edmund Goulding. Cast: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt. The glitz and glitter of the most expensive hotel in Berlin furnishes the background for gaiety and sorrow in a multi-layered story portrayed by an all-star cast. 112 min. DVD 4282
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Awards & Honors
Academy Award - Best Picture
National Film Registry Selection

Greta Garbo bibliography
King, Lynda J. "Grand Hotel: The Sexual Politics of a Popular Culture Classic." Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies in German Literature and Culture, vol. 15, pp. 185-200, 2000

Rain (1932)
Directed by Lewis Milestone. Cast: Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, William Gargan, Guy Kibbee, Walter Catlett, Beulah Bondi, Matt Moore, Kendall Lee, Ben Hendricks, Frederick Howard. When a fanatical missionary and his wife are marooned in a hut with a former prostitute during a week-long tropical storm in Pago Pago, the conflict swells to explosive proportions in this early talkie version of a much filmed story. Other versions include: Sadie Thompson (1928) and Miss Sadie Thompson (1953). Adapted from the play by John Colton and Clemence Randolph. Original story by W. Somerset Maugham. 76 min. DVD 1152
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Red-headed Woman (1932)
Directed by Jack Conway. Cast: Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Lewis Stone, Leila Hyams, Una Merkel. Precensorship story of gold-digging secretary Lil who works for the Legendre Company and causes Bill to divorce Irene and marry her. She has an affair with businessman Gaerste and uses him to force society to pay attention to her. She has another affair with the chauffeur Albert. 79 min.DVD 6674
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The Song of Songs (1933)
Director, Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Brian Aherne, Lionel Atwill. A naive country girl falls in love with the sculptor for whom she poses, but he refuses to marry her and leaves her in the arms of an uncaring baron. 90 min. DVD X6034
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Three on a Match (1932)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Virginia Davis, Joan Blondell, Anne Shirley, Ann Dvorak, Betty Carse, Bette Davis, Warren William, Lyle Talbot, Humphrey Bogart. The gangster melodrama, Three on a Match, stars Bette Davis, Joan Blondell and Ann Dvorak as a trio of school chums - Mary, Ruth and Vivian - meeting for a reunion ten years after high school. Director Mervyn LeRoy crams much plot into the 64 minute run time following each of the women's lives. Mary is now a chorus girl after a stint in reform school; level-headed Ruth has a job as a secretary; and sexy Vivian is on the verge of deserting her wealthy husband Henry Kirkwood and their baby in favor of a glamorous gangster. The film is also noteworthy for the number of future stars making brief appearances, such as Lyle Talbot, Edward Arnold and, in his first gangster role, Humphrey Bogart as "The Mug." "The file for the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library contains correspondence relating to the film's kidnapping scenes. In the wake of the Lindbergh kidnapping, censor boards were reluctant to pass a film that contained child kidnapping sequences because they felt that the public would resent such a film. Later, East coast censor boards agreed to pass this picture because the kidnappers in it are captured, but they subsequently entered into a "gentlemen's agreement" that the industry would not make any more pictures with kidnapping themes." [AFI Index] 63 min. DVD 9397
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Under 18 (1932)
Directed by Archie Mayo. Cast: Marian Marsh, Anita Page, Regis Toomey, Warren William, Norman Foster, Joyce Compton, J. Farrell MacDonald, Claire Dodd, Paul Porcasi, Maude Eburne, Murray Kinnell, Dorothy Appleby, Judith Vosselli, Mary Doran, Walter McGrail, Emma Dunn. An 18-year-old girl who works as a seamstress in a dress shop toys with the idea of letting a wealthy playboy seduce her in order to raise herself out of poverty. Based on the short story Sky life by Frank Dazey and Agnes Christine Johnston, first published in Everybody's Magazine, October, 1929. 80 min. DVD 6674
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Unholy Love (1932)
Directed by Albert Ray. Cast: H.B. Warner, Lila Lee, Joyce Compton, Ivan Lebedeff, Beryl Mercer, Jason Robards, Lysle [sic] Talbot, Kathlyn Williams, Richard Carlyle, Frances Rich. An updated version of Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary," set in 1930's New York. Wealthy Dr. Gregory is shocked when his son Jerry elopes with Sheila Bailey, a beautiful social-climber. She becomes bored with the routine of married life and engages herself in a torrid love affair with playboy Alex Stockmar, bringing tragedy and scandal. Suggested by Gustave Flaubert's famous novel, Madame Bovary. 74 min. DVD X3415
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Baby Face (1933)
Directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook, Alphonse Ethier, Henry Kolker, Theresa Harris, Margaret Lindsay, Arthur Hohl, John Wayne. It's the age-old story of the girl so mistreated by men that she's determined to get revenge. Lilly (Baby Face) sleeps her way from basement speakeasy bartender, literally floor by floor, to the top floor of a New York office building. Bank submanager Jimmy McCoy finds her a job in the bank only to be cast aside as she hooks up with the bank's president. 72 min. DVD 6674; vhs 999:3684
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Christopher Strong (1933)
Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Colin Clive, Billie Burke, Helen Chandler, Ralph Forbes. In her very first starring role Katharine Hepburn portrays a record-breaking flyer who falls hopelessly in love with a married man. Though madly in love, he can't bring himself to divorce his good natured and caring wife. 77 min. DVD X2466; vhs 999:3792
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Morning Glory (1933)
Directed by Lowell Sherman. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Adolphe Menjou, Mary Duncan, C. Aubrey Smith, Don Alvarado, Fred Santley, Richard Carle, Tyler Brooke, Geneva Mitchell, Helen Ware. Eva Lovelace is a would-be actress trying to crash the New York stage. She is a wildly optimistic chatterbox full of theatrical mannerisms. Her looks, more than her talent, attract the interest of a paternal actor, a philandering producer, and an earnest playwright. Is she destined for stardom or will she fade after her brief blooming? Based on the play by Zoe Akins. 74 min. DVD 7602
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Pilgrimage (1933)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Henrietta Crosman, Heather Angel, Norman Foster, Marian Nixon, Hedda Hopper. A mother who disapproves of her son's fiancee signs him up for the army not realizing the fiancee is pregnant. The mother, after her son is killed, tries to reconcile with the fiancee and the grandson. 99 min. DVD 9364
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Stage Mother (1933)
Directed by Charles Brabin. Cast: Alice Brady, Maureen O'Sullivan, Franchot Tone, Phillips Holmes, Ted Healy. A vaudeville star has to leave her daughter with her dead husband's stuffy Boston parents while she makes a living. But when the daughter shows some talent, the mother become a stage mother and pushes her daughter into becoming a Broadway star. The mother is a monster with a heart of gold, and after breaking up the daughter's love affair, finally sees the error of her ways. Based on the novel Stage mother, by Bradford Ropes, first published in New York in 1933. 86 min. vhs 999:3948
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Born to be Bad (1934)
Directed by Lowell Sherman. Cast: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, Marion Burns, Henry Travers. A childless couple agree to take a boy into their home after his mother is declared unfit. The mother is determined to take advantage of the man and tries to blackmail him. In the end, selfless love and charity are celebrated in this heartwarming classic. 61 min. DVD 7621
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Chained (1934)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Otto Kruger, Stuart Erwin, Una O'Connor, Akim Tamiroff. Romantic drama about two people on a cruise ship who begin a romance which is threatened when the cruise ends and she returns to her lover. 76 min. DVD X1798
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Imitation of Life (1934)
Directed by John M. Stahl. Cast: Claudette Colbert (Beatrice "Bea" Pullman), Warren William (Stephen Archer), Ned Sparks (Elmer Smith, Louise Beavers (Aunt Delilah). The story of two widows and their troubled daughters. In the search for success as an actress, Lora neglects her daughter. Lora's black housekeeper's daughter repudiates her mother by trying to pass for white. As the years pass, each of the four women realizes that she has been living out an emotionally fruitless existence. 106 min. DVD 5246
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Imitation of Life (1959). Directed by Douglas Sirk.

Magnificent Obsession (1934)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Agnes Moorehead, Gregg Palmer. Reckless playboy Bob Merrick crashes his speedboat, requiring emergency attention from a rescue team. They have to use the town's only resuscitator. At that same moment the beloved, local doctor has a heart attack and dies while waiting for the life-saving device. When Bob learns about the doctor's secret - to give selflessley and in secret - he decides to give it a try. He alienates the doctor's widow, Helen, with whom Bob has now fallen in love. His persistence causes another tragedy, and he must remake his life. 106 min.DVD X258; vhs vhs 999:555
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Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Cast: Leslie Howard, Betty Davis. Cast: Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy. The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman. In film history, this motion picture is known for three reasons: It's the film John Dillinger saw with his Lady in Red before encountering an FBI ambush on exiting the theater. It's the only pairing of Clark Gable and William Powell and it's the first teaming of frequent film partners William Powell and Myrna Loy. 83 min. DVD 9066; vhs 999:3116
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Munby, Jonathan. "Manhattan Melodrama's 'Art of the Weak': Telling History from the Other Side in the 1930s Talking Gangster Film." Journal of American Studies. 30(1):101-18. 1996

Of Human Bondage (1934)
Directed by John Cromwell. Cast: Leslie Howard, Betty Davis. A young medical student's infatuation with a Cockney waitress in Edwardian London only brings him sorrow and despair. From the novel by W. Somerset Maugham 83 min. DVD 1294
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Sadie McKee (1934)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Joan Crawford, Gene Raymond, Franchot Tone, Edward Arnold; Esther Ralston. In this rags-to-riches story, Sadie wins the affections of the singer she loves, the tycoon she marries and the lawyer she grew up with. As a bonus, this is the film that introduced the peppy ditty "All I Do Is Dream of You". 93 min.DVD X1006
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Alice Adams (1935)
Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone, Evelyn Venable, Hattie McDaniel. Social climber Alice tries to push her clodhopper family to the background and assumes airs to win the love of an amiable, wealthy young man. In this tender comedy of Americana and manners each must overcome the obstacles of their backgrounds for their love to flourish. 99 min. DVD 1562
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Anna Karenina (1935)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew, Maureen O'Sullivan, May Robson, Basil Rathbone, Reginald Owen. Anna Karenina, dutiful wife and doting mother, knows contentment but not passion. That changes when she meets ardent Count Vronsky. For him, she throws away marriage, family, social position and finally her life. Based on the novel by Count Leo Tolstoy. 93 min. DVD 4280; vhs 999:532
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Awards
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress
Venice Film Festival - Best Foreign Film

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The Girl From 10th Avenue (1935)
Directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: Bette Davis, Ian Hunter, Colin Clive, Alison Skipworth, John Eldredge. When his fiancée Valentine dumps him, prominent lawyer Geoffrey Sherwood goes on a bender and winds up married to a stranger, Miriam Brady. They decide to give their marriage a chance. Their landlady, a one-time Floradora girl, offers to help Miriam become refined. Successful again, Geoffrey is approached ("if only we were free") by Valentine. Miriam tells Valentine off in no uncertain terms. Geoffrey moves into his club where Valentine's husband tells him he is a fool to leave Miriam. Based on the play: Outcast / by Hubert Henry Davies. 69 min. DVD X6166
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Peter Ibbetson (1935)
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: Gary Cooper, Ann Harding, John Halliday, Ida Lupino, Virginia Weidler, Dickie Moore. Gifted architect Peter Ibbetson discovers his childhood sweetheart is now the wife of the nobleman he is working for. After being imprisoned for life for an accidental killing, it's only their rekindled love that gives Peter hope. 88 min. DVD 4754
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And Sudden Death (1936)
Directed by Charles Barton. Cast: Randolph Scott, Frances Drake, Tom Brown, Fuzzie Knight, Porter Hall. An heiress with a penchant for speeding runs afoul of a traffic cop. Romance develops between the two, but it's soon complicated when he believes she is responsible for killing someone due to reckless driving. From a story by Theodore Reeves and Madeleine Ruthven. 67 min. vhs 999:3956
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Camille (1936)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Colin Clive, Billie Burke, Helen Chandler, Ralph Forbes. In her very first starring role Katharine Hepburn portrays a record-breaking flyer who falls hopelessly in love with a married man. Though madly in love, he can't bring himself to divorce his good natured and caring wife. 110 min. DVD 4281
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Awards
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress

Craig's Wife (1936)
Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Rosalind Russell, John Boles, Billie Burke, Jane Darwell, Dorothy Wilson, Alma Kruger, Thomas Mitchell. A heartless woman marries a good and simple man only for the security he can bring to her. Her obsessive, narrow-minded search for perfection eventually immerses her in the loneliness she has plotted for herself. 75 min. vhs 999:3873
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The Garden of Allah (1936)
Directed by Richard Boleslawski. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Basil Rathbone, C. Aubrey Smith, Tilly Losch, Joseph Schildkraut. A woman decides to begin a new life after spending years caring for her father. She meets a traveler who is actually a monk who has left the monastery after taking his oath. They are married, but she soon learns of his secret. 85 min. DVD 6022
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Wife Versus Secretary (1936)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, May Robson, George Barbier, James Stewart, Hobart Cavanaugh. Of course Linda Stanhope trusts her husband Van. Their marriage is based on love and respect. Who cares if Van's secretary has the face of an angel and the body of a chorus girl? Who says a blonde bombshell can't type and take dictation? But people are whispering. And when Linda calls Van's hotel room late at night during his solo business trip to Havana, guess who answers. 87 min. DVD 5736
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The Bride Wore Red (1937)
Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Joan Crawford; Franchot Tone; Robert Young; Ferenc Molnár An Italian count, seeking to prove that social position is a matter of luck, sends a struggling nightclub singer to a luxury resort to masquerade as a wealthy lady. 103 min. vhs 999:3453
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The Good Earth (1937)
Directed by Sidney Franklin. Cast: Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly, Tilly Losch, Charley Grapewin, Jessie Ralph. Set in China, this is a drama about a simple peasant farmer (Paul Muni) who grows rich with the help of his faithful wife. Tragedy follows as he betrays his family and neglects the earth he had worshipped. Based on the novel of same title by Pearl Buck. 138 min. DVD 5074; vhs 999:1682
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Actress (Luise Rainer)

Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Director, Leo McCarey. Cast: Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi, Fay Bainter, Thomas Mitchell, Porter Hall, Barbara Read, Maurice Moscovitch, Elisabeth Risdon. When Ma and Pa Cooper's house goes into foreclosure, none of their five grown children will take them in as a couple. Ma goes to live with George and Pa to Cora in another state. When the couple realize that their children are not intent on getting them back together, they must decide how to remedy the situation. Based on the novel The years are so long by Josephine Lawrence and a play by Helen and Nolan Leary. Special features: video introduction by film historian Bernard Eisenschitz ; photo gallery. 91 min. DVD X3291; DVD X1838 (PAL)
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National Film Registry Selection

Walsh, Andrea. "Life Isn't Yet Over": Older Heroines in American Popular Cinema of the 1930s and 1970s/80s." Qualitative Sociology, Spring89, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p72, 24p UC users only

"Make Way for Tomorrow." In: Twenty best film plays, edited by John Gassner and Dudley Nichols. New York, Crown Publishers [1943] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1887.A1 G32)

Marked Woman (1937)
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Cast: Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Eduardo Ciannelli, Jane Bryan, Rosalind Marquis, Mayo Methot, Allen Jenkins, John Litelben Welden, Henry O'Neill. A crusading prosecutor uses a prostitute to indict mobster Johnny Vanning. Inspired by the real-life saga of prostitutes whose testimony put Lucky Luciano behind bars. Special features : New featurette : Marked woman : ripped from the headlines -- 2 classic cartoons : Porky's hero agency ; She was an acrobat's daughter -- Theatrical trailer. 96 min. DVD 7585
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Stage Door (1937)
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Gail Patrick, Constance Collier, Andrea Leeds, Samuel S. Hinds, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Ann Miller. The film depicts the fears, setbacks and daily struggles of aspiring young theatrical performers, and, for the very few, stardom and success. Special features: Ups and downs; Lux Radio Theater broadcast (2/20/1939); theatrical trailer; scene selection. 91 min. DVD 3639
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Larson, Allen. "Movies and New Constructions of the American Star." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85735 2007)

A Star Is Born (1937)
Directed by William Wellman. Cast: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Andy Devine, Lionel Stander. A fading star meets an aspiring actress, falls in love with and marries her. Her career skyrockets, while his continues to fade with tragic results. 111 min. DVD 3284
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A Star is Born (1954). Directed by George Cukor.

Larson, Allen. "Movies and New Constructions of the American Star." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85735 2007)

Stella Dallas (1937)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley. A mother sacrifices everything for her daughter's happiness and eventually gives up the girl for her own good. 106 min.DVD 3626; vhs 999:202
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Jezebel (1938)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent. Julie Marsden is a Southern belle with a knack for manipulating the men in her life. Although she is to be wed to Preston, the engagement is called off due to her insensitivity and unusual behavior. When Preston returns from the North married, Julie's pride and selfish nature resurfaces and she provokes a duel between Buck (Julie's ardent admirer) and Ted (Preston's brother) to the death. Later when a yellow fever epidemic strikes Preston, Julie goes to his side. 105 min. DVD 1468
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Awards & Honors
Academy Awards - Best Actress (Bette Davis); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Fay Bainter)
Venice Film Festival - Special Recommendation
National Film Registry Selection

Letter of Introduction (1938)
Director John M. Stahl. Cast: Adolphe Menjou, Andrea Leeds, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, George Murphy, Rita Johnson, Ann Sheridan, Eve Arden, Ernest Cossart. An aging matinee idol is confronted by his long-forgotten daughter. She presents him with a letter of introduction and asks for his help to get into films. He tries to re-establish his relationship with her while also trying to hide the fact that she is his daughter from the press. 100 min. DVD X4967
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Dark Victory (1939)
Directed by Edmund Goulding . Cast: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers, Cora Witherspoon. A beautiful and headstrong heiress suddenly learns that she has only six months to live. Defiant and rebellious at first, she conquers this stroke of fate by the power of great love and ultimately finds peace and happiness in the brief span of life allotted to her. 105 min. DVD 1465
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Holdstein, Deborah H. "Dark Victory. Now Voyager. The Great Lie: Women's Pictures and the Perfect Moment." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 32, pp. 22-24, 1987 Apr UC users only
Kennedy, Matthew. Edmund Goulding's dark victory : Hollywood's genius bad boy Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2004. (PFA : PN1998.3.G68 K46 2004)
Lederer, Susan E. "Dark Victory: Cancer and Popular Hollywood Film." Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81.1 (2007) 94-115 UC users only

Robinson, Casey. Dark victory / edited with an introduction by Bernard F. Dick Madison, Wis. : Published for the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research by the University of Wisconsin Press, 1981. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .D314 1981)

Love Affair (1939)
Directed by Leo McCarey. Cast: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya, Lee Bowman, Astrid Allwyn, Maurice Moscovich. Michel Marnet and Terry McKay meet on a ship on which he is sailing to marry a rich heiress. When they fall in love they agree to meet 6 months later at the top of the Empire State Building, if they are both still free. On the way Terry meets with a crippling accident. Remade in 1957 as "An Affair to Remember". 87 min. DVD X6777
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The Old Maid (1939)
Directed by Edmund Goulding. Cast: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, George Brent, Jane Bryan, Donald Crisp, Louise Fazenda, James Stephenson, Jerome Cowan, William Lundigan, Cecilia Loftus. Headstrong, beautiful Tina has nothing but disdain for her Aunt Charlotte. Tina does not think that her aunt has any understanding of a young girls heart, but Charlotte knows more than Tina thinks. For unloved, unlovable Aunt Charlotte is really Tina's mother, whose romance with a Civil War soldier who didn't return resulted in Tina's birth. Based on the play by Zoe Akins and the novel by Edith Wharton. DVD X344 special features: "Warner night at the movies 1939" short subjects gallery ; vintage newsreel ; "Lincoln in the White House" historical short ; "Sword fishing:" Howard Hill sports short; "The film fan and Kristopher Kolumbus" classic cartoons ; trailers. 96 min. DVD 4754; also DVD X344
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Ferguson, Susan J. "The Old Maid Stereotype in American Film, 1938 To 1965." Film & History ; Dec1991, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p130-144, 15p UC users only
Fink, Janet; Holden, Katherine. "Pictures from the Margins of Marriage: Representations of Spinsters and Single Mothers in the mid-Victorian Novel, Inter-war Hollywood Melodrama and British Film of the 1950s and 1960s." Gender & History Volume 11, Issue 2, pages 233–255, July 1999 UC users only
McDowell, Margaret B. "Edith Wharton's The Old Maid: Novella/Play/Film." College Literature, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 246-262, 1987 Fall UC users only
Weckerle, Lisa. "Taming the Transgressive: A Feminist Analysis of the Film Adaptation of 'The Old Maid'." Edith Wharton Review, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 112-19, 2004 Spring

The Women (1939)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Virginia Weidler, Lucile Watson, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main. Mary Haines (Shearer) loses her husband to ruthless Crystal Allen (Crawford) who is aided and abetted by Sylvia Fowler (Russell) whose own spouse has taken up with another woman. In Reno, in the throes of divorce, all wage war on one another in this scorching, sexy comedy. Includes original theatrical trailer. 133 min. DVD 1459; also vhs 999:1831
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

George Cukor bibliography

Wuthering Heights(1939)
Director William Wyler. Cast: Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, David Niven. The story of the impact of the abused waif, Heathcliff, on two Yorkshire families, the Earnshaws and Lintons, at the close of the 18th century. When Heathcliff loses Cathy Earnshaw, the woman he obsessively loves, to the wealthy but inferior Edgar Linton, he plans a savage retaliation upon both families, extending into the second generation. 104 min. vhs 999:209
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National Film Registry Selection

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1940s

All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
Directed by Anatole Litvak. Cast: Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara O'Neil, Virginia Weidler, Henry Daniel, Walter Hampden, George Coulouris. Henriette is the governess at the Paris home of the Duc de Praslin and his jealous wife. When governess and nobleman are drawn to each other, the Duchess erupts in fury and meets a bloody fate. Soon Henriette and the Duc face a world eager to believe the Duc murdered his wife and that the gentle Henriette was a willing accomplice. Special features: Commentary by film historian Daniel Bubbeo; "Warner night at the movies 1940" short subjects gallery; vintage newsreel; "Meet the fleet" patriotic short; "Hollywood Daffy" classic cartoon; "Porky's last stand" classic cartoon; trailers; audio-only bonus: radio show adaptation with the film's stars. 143 min. DVD X346
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Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman (1940)
Directed by Sam Wood. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig. "Kitty Foyle works as secretary to Philadelphia socialite Wynnewood Statfford VI, in his attempt to succeed in establishing a magazine during the depression. They fall in love, and she always thinks he will ask her to marry him. The magazine fails, and she leaves for New York and another job in a department store. There she meets Dr. Mark Eisen who loves her, but Wyn Stafford shows up and asks Kitty to marry him. She initially refuses citing the differences in their social backgrounds. She feels that Philadelphia socialites would never accept her. Wyn agrees to leave behind Philadelphia and move to New York. They are married in New York. Weeks later they go to Philadelphia to let family know about the marriage. The family is overbearing and obnoxious to Kitty. She leaves, and eventually divorces Wyn. Kitty finds she is pregnant, and eventually delivers a still-born. Wyn marries a rich socialite, and by chance, Kitty meets his wife and son. This is difficult because she still loves Wyn. Eventually Mark Eisen proposes and Kitty agrees and finally reevaluates her life and decisions, and is able to let Wyn go and be happy" [IMDB] 107 min. DVD 9735; vhs 999:197
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Basinger, Jeanine. "Proof: Kitty and Angie and Janet." In: A woman's view : how Hollywood spoke to women, 1930-1960 / Jeanine Basinger. Imprint New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6 B36 1993)
Rogers-Carpenter, Katherine. "Re-Envisioning 1930s Working Women: The Case of Kitty Foyle." By: Women's Studies, Sep2008, Vol. 37 Issue 6, p707-730, 24p UC users only

The Letter (1940)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Gale Songergaard. A rubber plantation owner's wife kills a man in what seems to have been self-defense but a letter from her which proves it to have been a crime of passion, becomes an instrument of blackmail. 95 min.DVD 3431; VHS 999:2356
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Heil, Douglas. "The Construction of Racism through Narrative and Cinematography in The Letter." Literature-Film Quarterly. 24(1):17-25. 1996 UC users only
McGuire, John Thomas. "Rending the Veils of Illusion: W. Somerset Maugham's The Letter and Its Two Definitive Film Interpretations." Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media Volume 53, Number 1, Spring 2012 UC users only

The Mortal Storm (1940)
Directed by Frank Borzage. Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Robert Young, Frank Morgan. On the same day that Prof. Roth celebrates his birthday, Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany. This causes a tragic rift among the guests at the professor's party as loyalties are questioned, innocent people are brutalized and politics come between Roth's daughter, Freya, and her fiance. With all else lost, Freya finds herself falling in love with an old friend, but their only hope for a future together is a perilous escape to freedom across the Austrian border. 100 min. vhs 999:2385
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Dumont, Hervé. Frank Borzage. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.B68 D8613 2006)
Fitzmorris, Thomas J. "Films." America, 6/29/1940, Vol. 63 Issue 12, p335-335 UC users only
Friedman, Lester D. "The Edge of Knowledge: Jews as Monsters Jews as Victims." MELUS, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 49-62, 1984 Fall UC users only
Jones, Kent. "The sanctum of love." Film Comment, Sep/Oct97, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p32, 9p UC users only
Lamster, Frederick. Souls made great through love and adversity : the film work of Frank Borzage / by Frederick Lamster Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 .B6135)
McDonald, Neil. "Melodrama and Truth." Quadrant Magazine, Jul/Aug2002, Vol. 46 Issue 7, p97, 5p UC users only

Waterloo Bridge(1940)
Directed by Mervyn Le Roy. Cast: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson, Virginia Field, Maria Ouspenskaya, C. Aubrey Smith. On the eve of World War II, Roy, a British officer, revisits Waterloo Bridge where he and Myra met and fell in love during an air raid at the beginning of World War I. Heartbroken after Roy was reportedly killed in action, Myra turned to prostitution to make her way. The report, however, was false, and when Roy returns from a POW camp, Myra's shattered spirit may no longer hold any room for happiness. 109 min. DVD X1818
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Back Street (1941)
Directed by Robert Stevenson. Cast: Charles Boyer, Margaret Sullavan, Richard Carlson, Frank McHugh, Tim Holt. Pretty Rae Smith and handsome Walter Saxel meet, fall in love and make plans to marry. Unfortunately, their marriage plans get sabotaged when a jealous beau makes Rae miss the ceremony. The two meet many years later in New York, only now Walter is married. Based on the novel by Fannie Hurst. 89 min. vhs 999:3782
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Blood and Sand (1941)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Nazimova, Anthony Quinn, J. Carrol Naish, John Carradine, Lynn Bari, Laird Cregar, William Montague, Vicente Gomez, George Reeves. Juan is the naïve son of a once-famous bullfighter who tries to recapture the glory of his family's name. Though he is branded fifth rate, he soon becomes Spain's greatest matador and returns home to marry his childhood sweetheart. But when a beautiful, passionate aristocrat seduces him, Juan succumbs to her temptations, only to see his own happiness and success crumble. 125 min. DVD 8307
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The Great Lie (1941)
Directed by Edmund Goulding. Cast: Bette Davis, George Brent, Mary Astor, Lucile Watson, Hattie McDaniel, Grant Mitchell, Jerome Cowan. Tempestuous and ambitious concert pianist Sandra Kovac shares a bond with down-to-earth Maggie Van Allen and her little boy, Pete. Sandra's chic New York friends can't imagine what the two women have in common. What they don't know is that Pete is Sandra's son - the son of the heroic aviator both women love. Special DVD features: "Warner night at the movies 1941" short subjects gallery; vintage newsreel; "At the stroke of twelve" Broadway Brevities short; Oscar-nominated Sports Parade "Kings of the turf;" "Porky's pooch" classic cartoon; trailers. Music, Max Steiner. 115 min. DVD X337
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Holdstein, Deborah H. "Dark Victory. Now Voyager. The Great Lie: Women's Pictures and the Perfect Moment." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 32, pp. 22-24, 1987 Apr UC users only

Little Foxes (1941)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson, Dan Duryea. Regina Giddens is a woman who will stop at nothing to outwit her brothers in running the family business, even if it means sacrificing the health of her husband or the love of her young daughter. Based on the play by Lillian Hellman. 116 min. DVD X2048
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A Woman's Face (1941)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt, Osa Massen, Reginald Owen, Albert Basserman, Marjorie Main, Donald Meek. Anna Holm, a professional blackmailer, despises herself and the world because of a disfiguring facial scar. When a plastic surgeon performs miraculous surgery and restores her beauty, she has a chance to start anew but her soul remains scarred and she finds herself torn between her destructive past and a desire for a new life. Special DVD features: Vintage "Romance of Celluloid; short, "You Can't Fool With a Camera"; classic cartoon, "Little Cesario;" audio only bonus, 2 radio adaptations, one with Bette Davis, one with Ida Lupino; theatrical trailer. 107 min. DVD X1006; vhs 999:3428
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Doane, Mary Ann. "The Clinical Eye: Medical Discourses in the "Woman's Film" of the 1940s" Poetics Today , Vol. 6, No. 1/2, The Female Body in Western Culture: Semiotic Perspectives (1985), pp. 205-227 UC users only

In This Our Life (1942)
Directed by John Huston. Cast: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan, Charles Coburn, Frank Craven, Billie Burke, Hattie McDaniel, Lee Patrick. Stanley Timberlake is a young woman who decides to dump her fiance and runs off with her sister Roy's husband. They marry, settle in Baltimore, and Stanley ultimately drives Peter to drink and suicide. Stanley returns home to Richmond only to learn that her sister Roy and old flame Craig have fallen in love and plan to marry. The jealous and selfish Stanley attempts to win back Craig's affections, but her true character is revealed when, rather than take the rap herself, she attempts to pin a hit and run accident on a young black clerk who works in Craig's law office. Special features: Commentary by film historian Jeanine Basinger; "Warner night at the movies 1942" short subjects gallery; vintage newsreel; "March on, America!" patriotic short; "Spanish fiests" musical short; "Who's who in the zoo" classic cartoon; trailers. 97 min. DVD X345
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Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Henry Travers, Richard Ney, Henry Wilcoxon. "Although not as 'socially privileged' as in the book, the Mrs. Kay Miniver (Greer Garson) of the film version is still presented as living a comfortable life at a house called 'Starlings' in a village outside London. The house has a large garden, with a private landing stage on the river Thames, and a motorboat. Her husband Clem (Canadian born actor Walter Pidgeon) (despite his North American accent) is a successful English architect. They have three children: the youngsters Toby and Judy (Christopher Severn and Clare Sandars), and an older son Vin (Richard Ney) who is at university. They have live-in staff: Gladys the housemaid (Brenda Forbes) and Ada the cook (Marie De Becker). As World War II looms, Vin comes down from university and meets Carol Beldon (Teresa Wright), granddaughter of aristocratic Lady Beldon (Dame May Whitty) from nearby Beldon Hall. Despite initial disagreements, for example the contrast of Vin's idealistic attitude to class differences and Carol's practical altruism, they fall in love: Vin proposes to Carol at dinner time after young brother Toby has embarrassingly blurted out that he should do so if they are in love. They eventually marry. As the war comes closer to home, Vin feels he must do his bit, joins the Royal Air Force as a pilot, and when qualified is posted to a base near to his parents' home. Clem takes his motorboat to assist in the Dunkirk evacuation.[2] There are scenes of the family during an air-raid, when Mr. Foley (Reginald Owen), the storekeeper and air-raid warden, advises them to close their curtains; and they are shown in their shelter in the garden. Left alone at home, Kay finds a wounded German pilot (Helmut Dantine) in her garden. She feeds him, then calmly disarms him and calls the police. After the flower show's competition, in which the entry of the stationmaster (Henry Travers) named the 'Mrs. Miniver' rose is judged the winner over Lady Beldon's rose, Kay, with Carol, drives Vin to join his squadron just as an air attack begins. On their return home Kay stops the car: Carol is wounded in an attack from a German plane, but she dies a few minutes after they reach home. The local inhabitants assemble at the badly damaged church and, with their vicar (Henry Wilcoxon), affirm their determination to fight on and defend their way of life." [Wikipedia] 124 min. DVD X896
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Now, Voyager (1942)
Directed by Irving Rapper. Cast: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville, Ilka Chase. An irresponsible playboy causes the widowhood and blindness of a beautiful woman. A young woman escapes the smothering influence of her wealthy and very conservative mother through the help of a psychiatrist and an ocean cruise, where she finds love, which helps her to become her own person. 106 min. DVD 925; VHS 999:943
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National Film Registry Selection

Doane, Mary Ann. "The Clinical Eye: Medical Discourses in the "Woman's Film" of the 1940s" Poetics Today , Vol. 6, No. 1/2, The Female Body in Western Culture: Semiotic Perspectives (1985), pp. 205-227 UC users only
Robinson, Casey. Now, voyager / edited with an introduction by Jeanne Thomas Allen. Madison, Wis. : Published for the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research by the University of Wisconsin Press, 1984. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .N68 1984)

Random Harvest (1942)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters, Henry Travers, Reginald Owen, Bramwell Fletcher. An amnsualty of World War I marries and settles happily into a tidy, humble life until an accident brings back memories of a former life of wealth and privilege while blocking all recollection of his existence since the war. Thus one man disappears, and another man long missing turns up and claims his vast inheritance. But what does his devoted wife, whom he no longer recognizes, do? Based on the novel by James Hilton. Special features: 2 vintage shorts from the era, a Crime doesn't pay subject, Don't talk and Marines in the making ; Greer Garson trailer gallery ; audio-only 1/31/44 Lux Radio Theater adaptation. 126 min. DVD X2448
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Bruckner, René Thoreau "Lost Time: Blunt Head Trauma and Accident-Driven Cinema." Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 373-400, 2008 Fall UC users only
McFarlane, Brian. "Re-Shaped for the Screen: Random Harvest." Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 268-273, 1989 UC users only
Toles, George. "Thinking about Movie Sentiment: Toward a Reading of Random Harvest." Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 75-111, 1993 Summer

Old Acquaintance (1943)
Directed by Vincent Sherman. Cast: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, Gig Young, John Loder, Dolores Moran, Philip Reed, Roscoe Karns, Ann Revere. Bette Davis plays established writer Kit Marlowe, whose friend Millie, a melodramatic writer of trashy novels, is envious of Kit's husband and child. The 20-year friendship endures until Kit meets an exciting new man, and their friendship is put to the test. 110 min. DVD 7510
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Dark Waters (1944)
Directed by André De Toth. Cast: Merle Oberon, Franchot Tone, Thomas Mitchell, Fay Bainter. In this psychological thriller set in the Louisiana bayous, a nervous young heiress is driven to attempt suicide by a fake aunt and uncle who want to collect her estate. Aided by the oppressive vegetation and stifling heat, the would-be killers methodically implement a series of terrifying ploys to suffocate the young girl in her own madness. 90 min. vhs 999:3432
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Danks, Adrian. "Driftin': In Tribute to André de Toth." Senses of Cinema vol. 25, pp. (no pagination), March 2003
Toth, André de. De Toth on de Toth : putting the drama in front of the camera : a conversation London : Faber and Faber, 1996. (MAIN: PN1998.3.D385 A3 199)
Silver, Alain. " André de Toth (1913-2002): An Interview." Senses of Cinema vol. 25, pp. (no pagination), March 2003
Thompson, Rick. " André de Toth, Luke Short, Ramrod: Style, Source, Genre." Senses of Cinema vol. 25, pp. (no pagination), March 2003

Gaslight (1944)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty, Angela Lansbury, Barbara Everest, Emil Rameau, Edmund Breon, Halliwell Hobbes, Tom Stevenson. A susceptible young woman marries a suave, romantic man never suspecting that he is a murderous scoundrel, obsessed with finding the jewels hidden in their London home. She becomes the helpless victim as slowly, insidiously, he drives her to the brink of insanity. 114 min. DVD 3830; vhs 999:3012
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Actress (Ingrid Bergman)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Actress (Ingrid Bergman)

Guest in the House (1944)
Directed by John Brahm. Cast: Ann Baxter, Ralph Bellamy, Ruth Warrick, Marie McDonald, Aline MacMahon, Scott McKay, Jerome Cowan, Margaret Hamilton, Percy Kilbride. An emotionally disturbed girl turns an idyllic household into a chaotic nightmare. "Baxter's illness afflicts not so much her heart as her mind. Along with her luggage she unpacks a lovingly tended collection of phobias (the one to birds proves pivotal) and a high-maintenance Borderline Personality Disorder. And, again of course, summer turns into a cold, forbidding fall before any member of the household picks up on the clues and holds her responsible for the dysfunction she has unleashed on the household. But at long last the worms begins to turn...." [Internet Movie Database]120 min. DVD 7597; vhs 999:3385
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Mr. Skeffington (1944)
Directed by Vincent Sherman. Cast: Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel, Richard Waring, George Coulouris, Marjorie Riordan. Dealing openly with anti-Semitism and Nazi atrocities, the story spans World War I, Prohibition and the preliminary volley of World War II. Fanny thrives on the adulation of countless suiters before and after she marries Job Skeffington. Ravaged by age and illness, Fanny clings to Job's promise that "a woman is beautiful only when she is loved." 144 min. DVD 4064
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Since You Went Away (1944)
Director: John Cromwell. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Shirley Temple, Joseph Cotten, Monty Woolley, Lionel Barrymore, Agnes Moorhead, Robert Walker, Guy Madison, Hattie McDaniel. Story of a family during World War II. While her husband is off at war, Anne struggles to be strong for her two daughters. Because money is tight, they take in a boarder and his grandson, and must deal with all sorts of problems trying to keep their spirits up. 179 min. DVD 4599
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Fenster, Mark. "Constructing the Image of Authorial Presence: David O. Selznick and the Marketing of Since You Went Away." Journal of Film & Video, Spring89, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p36-51, 16p UC users only
Kitamura, Hiroshi ""Since You Went Away," World War II, and classical Hollywood's discourse of entertainment." . Iconics, 2000, Vol. 5, p43-57, 15p

None But the Lonely Hearts (1944)
Directed by Clifford Odets. Cast: Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, Barry Fitzgerald, June Duprey, Jane Wyatt. When an itinerant reluctantly returns home to help his sickly mother run her shop in London's pre-war East End, they're both tempted to turn to crime to help make ends meet. 113 min. DVD X5681; vhs 999:3721
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Summer Storm (1944)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Anna Lee, Hugo Haas, Edward Everett Horton, Lori Lahner. Set during the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, tells a tale of power and passions when a Russian siren, who wants the finer things in life, sinks her hooks into a judge, a decadent aristocrat and an estate superintendent, with suprising results. Based on the play "The Shooting Party" by Anton Chekhov. 106 min. DVD X3168
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The Clock (1945)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason, Keenan Wynn, Marshall Thompson. A soldier on a two-day pass meets an office worker who agrees to show him New York City. They spend the day together and find themselves falling in love. Special features: Vintage "Pete Smith specialty" short "Hollywood scout;" classic cartoon "The screwy truant;" audio-only bonus: radio show adaptation with Judy Garland and John Hodiak; theatrical trailer. 90 min. DVD X4460
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Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Directed by John M. Stahl. Cast: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price. Melodrama with Tierney as a psychopathic young wife whose jealous, obsessive love for her husband leads to murder, treachery, and suicide. Includes rare Movietone news footage. 111 min. DVD 3807
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Deutelbaum, Marshall. "Costuming and the Color System of Leave Her to Heaven." Film Criticism. 11(3):11-20. 1987 Spring

Love Letters (1945)
Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: Joseph Cotten, Jennifer Jones, Ann Richards, Cecil Kellaway, Gladys Cooper. During WWII Roger persuades his friend Alan to pen passionate love letters to Victoria. Believing that Roger wrote the letters, Victoria marries him which sets in motion a dire chain of events that locks Victoria in a world of fear and clouded memories. Alan returns searching for Victoria, but when he finds her can he risk driving her over the edge with the knowledge of the past? 102 min. vhs 999:3470
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Mildred Pierce (1945)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth. The story of a self-made woman's attempt to provide her daughter with luxuries and social status only to see the daughter become spoiled and unscrupulous and eventually murder her own stepfather. DVD 1689; vhs 999:215
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Actress (Joan Crawford)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress (Joan Crawford)
National Film Registry Selection

Spellbound (1945)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Cast: Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman, Leo G. Carroll, Norman Lloyd, Rhonda Fleming. An amnesia victim assumes the identity of a noted psychiatrist and is accused of the murder of the man he professes to be. Constance, a fellow psychiatrist, attempts to restore his memory and uncover some lead that would prove his innocence. 111 min. DVD 1458; DVD 364; vhs 999:2375
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Awards
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Ingrid Bergman)

Brief Encounter (1946)
Directed by David Lean. Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey, Cyril Raymond, Everly Gregg, Marjorie Mars, Margaret Barton. Deftly explores the thrill, pain and tenderness of an illicit romance in the dour, gray Britain of 1945. From a chance meeting on a train platform, a middle-aged married doctor and a suburban housewife enter into a quietly passionate, ultimately doomed love affair, set to a swirling Rachmaninoff score. 86 min. DVD 1182
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Academy Award - Best Actress (Celia Johnson)

Coward, Noel. Brief encounter : screenplay / by Noel Coward ; directed by David Lean. London : Lorrimer ; New York : distributed by F. Ungar, 1984. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .B7441 1984)

Deception (1946)
Directed by Irving Rapper. Cast: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains. World War II has separated pianist Christine Radcliffe from her great love, cellist Karel Novak. Thinking Karel has been killed in action, she is unexpectedly reunited with him. Now, Christine desperately strives to hide her wartime dalliance as the mistress of a wealthy, sadistic composer. She'll lie to keep her shameful past a secret. Special features: Commentary by film historian Foster Hirsch; "Warner night at the movies 1946" short subjects gallery; vintage newsreel; "Facing your danger" a 'Sports Parade' short; "Movieland magic" special short; "Mouse menace" classic cartoon; trailers. 112 min. DVD X339
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My Reputation (1946)
Director, Curtis Bernhardt. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Warner Anderson, Lucile Watson, John Ridgely, Eve Arden. Tongues begin to wag when a lonely widow becomes romantically involved with a military man. Problems arise when the gossip is filtered down to her own children. From the novel "Instruct my sorrows" by Clare Jaynes. Special features: Musical short; Jan Savitt and his band; Classic cartoon Daffy doodles; audio-only bonus: 2 radio adaptations, one with Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent, the other with Alexis Smith and Wayne Morris; theatrical trailer. 94 min. DVD X3401
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The Spiral Staircase (1946)
Directed by Robert Siodmak. Cast: Cast: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith, Rhonda Fleming, Gordon Oliver, Elsa Lanchester, Sara Allgood, Rhys Williams. A terrifying melodrama about a mute servant girl in a gloomy house who is threatened by a mysterious killer. Based on the novel Some must watch, by Ethel Lina White. 83 min. DVD 1461
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A Stolen Life (1946)
Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. Cast: Bette Davis, Glenn ford, Dane Clark, Walter Brennan, Charles Ruggles. Davis plays identical twins -- one good, one evil -- who are both in love with the same man. When one of the twins marries the man, but then dies in a boating accident, the other twin assumes her identity. 110 min.
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Fischer, Lucy. "Two-faced women: the double in women's melodrama of the 1940's." Cinema Journal Vol XXIII nr 1 (Fall 1983); p 24-43. UC users only

A Stolen Life (1946)
Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. Cast: Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Dane Clark, Walter Brennan, Charles Ruggles. Davis plays identical twins -- one good, one evil -- who are both in love with the same man. Instead of using makeup or hair tricks to differentiate the twins, Davis relies on something much more effective, acting talent. From a novel by Karel J. Benes. 107 min. DVD X5428
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The Strange Woman (1946)
Directed by Edgar Ulmer. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Louis Hayward, Gene Lockhart, Hillary Brooke, Rhys Williams, June Storey. Hedy Lamarr plays a shrewish woman in early 19th-century Maine who schemes for the favors of three rich men. 99 min. DVD 4080
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Santos, Marlisa. "Edgar G. Ulmer's Homicidal Noirs: Psychosis and Possession in Strange Illusion, The Strange Woman, and Bluebeard." In: Edgar G. Ulmer : Detour on Poverty Row / edited by Gary D. Rhodes. Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.U46 E34 2008; PFA PN1998.3.U46 E34 2008)

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To Each His Own (1946)
Directed by Mitchell Leisen. Cast: Olivia de Havilland, Mary Anderson, Roland Culver, Virginia Welles, Phillip Terry. During World War I, small-town girl Josephine Norris has an illegitimate son by an itinerant pilot who dies in the war. To avoid public scandal, she ends up giving him up for adoption and devotes herself to loving him from afar. 122 min. vhs 999:3457
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Adair, Gilbert. "Magic mountain: the cinema of Mitchell Leisen." Sight & Sound; Summer 1980, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p182-185, 4p UC users only
Chierichetti, David. Mitchell Leisen, Hollywood director / David Chierichetti. Los Angeles, CA : Photoventures Press, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.3.L45 C47 1995)
Drabelle, Dennis. "Swing high, swing low: Mitchell Leisen in perspective." Film Comment, September/October 1994, Vol. 30, p8 UC users only
Shadoian, Jack. "Exacting standards." Film Comment, Sep/Oct98, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p40, 9p UC users only

Undercurrent (1946)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, Robert Mitchum, Edmund Gwenn, Marjorie Main, Jayne Meadows. The young bride of a power hungry husband, who is driven to madness and murder, desperately attempts to unravel the cause of her brooding husband's problems. A desperate search for the key to his unbridled hatred for his missing brother takes her down a dark road of twisted emotions, culminating in an unexpected and unforgettable climactic sequence. 126 min. DVD 7602; vhs 999:2350
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Daisy Kenyon (1947)
Directed by Otto Preminger. Cast: Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews, Henry Fonda, Ruth Warrick, Martha Stewart, Peggy Ann Garner, Connie Marshall, Nicholas Joy, Art Baker. While in an emotionally draining love affair with married attorney Dan O'Mara, who refuses to leave his wife, Daisy Kenyon meets returning Army sergeant Peter Lapham-- a decent and gentle man who instantly falls in love with her. Although she carries a torch for Dan, she knows Peter will give her the secure life she desires and agrees to marry him. But when Dan divorces his wife, Daisy is suddenly torn between her obligations and her passions. Based on the novel by Elizabeth Janeway. Special features: Audio commentary by film noir historian Foster Hirsch; "From journeyman to artist: Otto Preminger at Twentieth Century Fox" documentary; "Life in the shadows: the making of 'Daisy Kenyon'" featurette; interactive pressbook; still galleries; original theatrical trailer. 99 min. DVD X1941
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Dishonored Lady (1947)
Directed by Robert Stevenson. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Dennis O'Keefe, John Loder, William Lundigan. Hedy Lamarr is Madeleine Damien, a gorgeous and sophisticated fashion editor living life in the fast lane in an age when "good girls didn't." Depressed by her tarnished reputation, she deliberately crashes her car into a tree and lands on a psychiatrist's couch. Encouraged to change her ways, she starts over with a new name and a new career. She falls in love with a young doctor but her past-life returns to haunt her. Dragged into her old party-girl habits by former coworkers, Madeleine goes home one night with an ex-lover. When he turns up murdered, she finds herself the prime suspect. A courtroom trial follows, and Madeleine is forced to fight for her life. 79 min. DVD 7622
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Escape Me Never (1947)
Directed by Peter Godfrey. Cast: Errol Flynn, Ida Lupino, Eleanor Parker, Gig Young. Melodrama about two musician brothers and the women they love. Features a beautiful ballet sequence and music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. 107 min. DVD 1713
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Humoresque (1947)
Directed by Jean Negulesco; screenplay by Clifford Odets and Zachary Gold, based on a story by Fannie Hurst. Cast: Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carrol Naish. A glamorous but alcoholic socialite, trapped in a marriage to an older man, finds herself falling in love with a young violinist whose performance she is underwriting. 126 min. DVD 4049; vhs 999:1228
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Belton, John. Howard Hawks, Frank Borzage, Edgar G. Ulmer London : Tantivy Press ; New York : A.S. Barnes, 1974. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 H337 1974)
Dumont, Hervé. Frank Borzage. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.B68 D8613 2006)
Gunning, Tom. "Essays in mad love." Sight & Sound, Jan93, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p16-19, 4p
Lamster, Frederick. Souls made great through love and adversity : the film work of Frank Borzage / by Frederick Lamster Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 .B6135)

The Man I Love (1947)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: Ida Lupino, Robert Alda, Andrea King, Martha Vickers, Bruce (Herman Brix) Bennett, Alan Hale, Dolores Moran, John Ridgely, Don McGuire, Warren Douglas, Craig. A nightclub singer who falls for a no-good mobster and a moody piano genius becomes dangerously involved with her brother's descent into crime. This film inspired Scorsese's film titled New York, New York. From the novel Night shift by Maritta Wolf. 90 min. DVD X4501; vhs 999:2869
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Possessed (1947)
Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. Cast: Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey, Geraldine Brooks, Stanley Ridges, John Ridgely, Moroni Olsen, Gerald Perreau. Gerald Perreau. A solitary, emotionally unstable private nurse obsessively attempts to regain the love of a callous bachelor, which ultimately drives her into madness--and murder. 108 min. DVD 4047; vhs 999:1085
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Strange Illusion (1947)
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: James Lydon, Sally Eilers, Warren William, Regis Toomey, Charles Arnt. A son is haunted by dreams of the mysterious death of his father, dreams which he fears portend future events. The noir tone of the film is accentuated by the claustrophobic atmosphere of the mental hospital where the son is incarcerated with its controlled vision of chaos and corruption. DVD 863; VHS 999:682
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Belton, John. Howard Hawks, Frank Borzage, Edgar G. Ulmer London : Tantivy Press ; New York : A.S. Barnes, 1974. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 H337 1974)
Bogdanovich, Peter. "Edgar G. Ulmer." In: Who the Devil Made It. New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997. (Main Stack PN1995.9.P7.B58 1997; Moffitt PN1995.9.P7.B58 1997)
Edgar G. Ulmer the man off-screen [Videorecording] Media Resources Center DVD 6455
Gallagher, Tag. "All lost in wonder: Edgar G.Ulmer." Screening the Past, 1 March 2001 UC users only

Arch of Triumph (1948)
Directed by Lewis Milestone. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, Louis Calhern. Haunted by a secret past and tormented by an uncertain future, two lonely people are drawn together in Paris during the last desperate days of freedom before WWII. A surgeon flees to Paris to escape the Nazis' growing power. After falling in love with an unemployed cabaret singer and finding her a job, he is deported when unable to produce his passport. From the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. 123 min. DVD X386; vhs 999:3770
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Johnny Belinda (1948)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead, Stephen McNally, Jan Sterling. Because of her disability, a deaf mute living in a village in Nova Scotia is known as "the dummy," but a compassionate doctor recognizes her innate intelligence and teaches her sign language and lip-reading. 103 min. DVD 7555
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Awards
Academy Award - Academy Awards, USA - Best Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Motion Picture Actress

Leff, Leonard J. "What in the World Interests Women? Hollywood, Postwar America, and Johnny Belinda." Journal of American Studies. 31(3):385-405. 1997 Dec

Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)
Directed by Max Ophuls. Cast: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians, Marcel Journet, Art Smith, Carol Yorke. A story of unrequited love in which a woman is obsessed with a self-centered concert pianist. 87 min. DVD 6373; vhs 999:1084
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Beyond the Forest (1949)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian, Ruth Roman. Rosa Moline finds marriage to a gentle country doctor in a small town a bore--she wants life in the big city with millionaire Neil Latimer with whom she's having an affair. Entirely devoid of scruples, Rosa will go to any lengths, even murder, to satisfy her desires. 95 min. vhs 999:3433
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East Side, West Side (1949)
Director, Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, James Mason, Van Heflin, Ava Gardner, Cyd Charisse, Nancy Davis, Gale Sondergaard, William Conrad. A gracious society matron decides to give her husband one last chance, but soon his ex-mistress shows up, brewing trouble and murder. Based on the novel of the same name by Marcia Davenport. Special features: Passing Parade series short, "Stuff for stuff"; classic cartoon, "Counterfeit cat"; theatrical trailer. 108 min. DVD X3402
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Not Wanted (also known as Shame, and Streets of Sin) (1948)
Directed by Elmer Clifto and Ida Lupino [uncredited]. Cast: Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle, Leo Penn, Dorothy Adams, Wheaton Chambers. In 1948, legendary screen actress Ida Lupino left Warner Bros. to co-found The Filmmakers, an independent production company conceived as an alternative to the dominant aesthetics of Hollywood. With the low-key, intimate 'Not Wanted' Lupino tackled the 'taboo' topic of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, immediately venturing into terrain where big-budget mainstream fantasy-spinners feared to tread. In many ways this extraordinary first directorial effort, while uncredited, already bears the stamp of Lupino's unique vision: the remarkable empathy felt for the lead character Sally Forrest as the dazed, traumatized young waitress thrust into the world of unwed motherhood, the hallucinatory moments ... of the childbirth sequence, and the deft location-shooting as Forrest wanders through the bus stations and boarding houses of small-town America. DVD 8679; vhs 999:3452
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Portrait of Jennie (1948)
Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Gish, Cecil Kellaway, David Wayne. Timeless, unforgettable and haunting Academy Award winning film about a struggling artist and the strange, enchanting girl he meets in the park. 86 min. DVD 3909; vhs 999:675
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Actor (Joseph Cotten)
Venice Film Festival - Best Actor (Joseph Cotten)

Ruthless (1948)
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Cast: Zachary Scott, Louis Hayward, Diana Lynn, Edith Barrett, Sydney Greenstreet, Raymnd Burr, Lucille Bremer. Horace Vendig portrays himself as a rich philanthropist to the world but in fact, he has a jaded past and a pathalogical streak of hurting those closest to him. His ex-best friend has come back to see him, and his girlfriend has a haunting resemblance to the woman who severed their friendship. Horace's obsessive tendencies come into play as he tries to win over the new girl. 104 min. vhs 999:3567
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The Snake Pit. (1948)
Directed by Anatole Litvak. Performers: Olivia de Havilland, Mark Stevens, Leo Genn, Celeste Holm, Glenn Langan. A woman finds herself in a state mental institution and must spend several months under the care of her compassionate doctor before she can face the troubling secrets of her past and be cured. 108 min. DVD 7223; vhs 999:922
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Fishbein, Leslie. "The Snake Pit (1948): The Sexist Nature of Sanity." In: Hollywood as historian : American film in a cultural context / edited by Peter C. Rollins. pp: 134-158. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1983. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H5.H64 1983)
Semarne, V. "'The snake pit': A woman's serpentine journey towards (w)holeness." Literature/Film Quarterly Vol XXII nr 3 (July 1994); p 144-150. Feminist analysis of Litvak's "The snake pit", examining the reasons why the mentally ill heroine is not thought to be 'cured' until she succumbs to male authority.

Flamingo Road (1949)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet, David Brian. Sideshow kootch-dancer Lane Bellamy (Crawford), stranded in a backwater town, gets a job as a waitress where she begins falling in love with Fielding Carlisle, the political protégé of the town's big-daddy sheriff Titus Semple. Semple regards Lane as a gold-digging troublemaker, and does his best to break up the romance, framing her on a trumped-up morals charges and having her shipped off to prison. Once out of the "joint," Lane returns to town, seeking revenge against both Semple and Carlisle. Based on a play by Robert and Sally Wilder. Special features: Crawford at Warners; classic cartoon, "Curtain Razor"; audio only bonus, radio adaptation with the film's stars; theatrical trailer. 94 min. DVD X1006
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Heiress (1949)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Olivia de Haviland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins, Mona Freeman, Vanessa Brown, Selena Royle, Ray Collins. Catherine is the only heir to her stern father's vast estate. When a dashing fortune hunter named Morris Townsend wants her to elope, she is threatened with disinheritance. On the eve of their marriage he deserts her. Seven years later Morris returns, and a wiser Catherine plots her revenge. 115 min. DVD 7561; vhs 999:1187
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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Best Actress (Olivia de Haviland)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Actress (Olivia de Haviland)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Ralph Richardson)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Olivia de Haviland)
National Film Registry Selection

King's Row (1949)
Directed by Sam Wood. Cast: Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan, Betty Field, Charles Coburn, Claude Rains, Judith Anderson, Nancy Coleman. A small "Idealic" town conceals human lives twisted by cruelty, murder and madness. Reagan's poignant performance is often called his best. Based on the book by Henry Bellamann. 127 min. DVD 5962
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A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Kirk Douglas, Paul Douglas, Barbara Lawrence, Jeffrey Lynn. Three small town "society" women get a letter from a mutual acquaintance telling them that she is eloping with one of their husbands--but not which one--which leads each to ponder the state of her marriage. 103 min. DVD 3805
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement

Hollinger, Karen. "Listening to the female voice in the woman's film." Film Criticism, 1992, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p34-52, 19p

The Reckless Moment (1949)
Directed by Max Opüls. Cast: Joan Bennett, James Mason, Geraldine Brooks, Henry O'Neill, Shepperd Strudwick, David Bair, Ray Roberts. With her husband out of town, Lucia Harper has her hands full keeping her household in order. Her headstrong daughter, Bea, has taken up with a louse named Ted Darby and persists in meeting him despite her mother's warnings. During one tryst, Bea and Darby quarrel violently. Bea accidentally kills Darby and runs away. To protect her family, Lucia disposes of the body. Because of this rash act, she faces not only a murder investigation, but two ruthless blackmailers, Donnelly and Nagle. Fortunately for the Harper family, Donnelly has a change of heart and becomes their savior. Non-US format DVD (PAL, region 2). 79 min. DVD 6370
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Shockproof (1949)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Cornel Wilde, Patricia Knight, John Baragrey, Esther Minciotti, Howard St. John, Russell Collins. Jenny Wright, a convicted murderess paroled in the care of probation officer Griff Marat. What begins as an aloof professional relationship eventually blossoms into romance. The fly in the ointment is shady Harry Wesson, the gambler who inveigled Jenny into committing murder. The girl is torn between creature comforts offered by Wesson and the promise of a clean life with Griff. 80 min. DVD X2350
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1950s

All About Eve (1950)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Marilyn Monroe. From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington moves relentlessly towards her goal: taking the reins of power from the great actress Margo Channing. The cunning Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo's director boyfriend, her playwright and his wife. Only the cynical drama critics see through Eve, admiring her audacity and perfect pattern of deceit. Special features on DVD X2418: Disc 1. Audio commentary by Celeste Holm, Joseph Mankiewicz, biographer Ken Geist and Christopher Mankiewicz, Arthur Sam Staggs ; isolated score track. Disc 2. "Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz" featurette ; "Joseph L. Mankiewicz: a personal journey" featurette ; "The real Eve" featurette ; "The secret of Sarah Siddons" featurette ; AMC backstory: "All about Eve" ; Fox movietonews: Academy Awards honor best film achiements ; Hollywood attends gala premiere of "All about Eve" ; Holiday Magazine Awards ; Look Magazine Awards ; interactive pressbook gallery ; poster gallery ; still gallery ; restoration comparison ; original theatrical trailer. 139 min. DVD X2418; also DVD 247
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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize, Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director
National Film Registry Selection

Mankiewicz, Joseph L. All about Eve, a screenplay. Based upon a short story by Mary Orr. New York, Random House [1951] (Main Stack PN1997.M35)

The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
Directed by Vincent Sherman. Cast: Joan Crawford, David Brian, Steve Cochran, Kent Smith, Selena Royle. Ethel Whitehead moves from the wrong side of the tracks to a mobster's mansion in high society one man at a time. Some of those men love her. Some use her. And one, a high-rolling racketeer, abuses her. When the racketeer murders his rival in Ethel's swanky living room, she flees a sure murder rap, right back to the poverty she thought she had escaped. And this time there may not be a man to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. 103 min. DVD 4048
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A Life of Her Own (1950)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Lana Turner, Ray Milland, Tom Ewell, Louis Calhern, Ann Dvorak, Barry Sullivan, Margaret Phillips, Jean Hagen. Lily James, a beautiful girl from the Midwest, comes to New York to make it as a model. On her first day in town, she's befriended by Mary Ashlon, an aging former cover girl whose despair haunts Lily as she struggles to the top. Once she's made it, Lily believes that she's transcended her friend's fate-- but then she falls hard for a married man, and her path begins to look much like Mary's. 108 min. vhs 999:3435
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No Man of Her Own (1950)
Directed by Mitchell Leisen. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund, Jane Cowl, Phyllis Thaxter, Lyle Bettger, Henry O'Neill, Richard Denning, Carole Mathews, Harry Antrim, Catherine Craig, Esther Dale, Milburn Stone, Griff Barnett, Gaylord Pendleton, Stan Johnson. Helen Ferguson, pregnant, penniless and dumped by her boyfriend Steve Morley, takes the identity of the pregnant Patrice Harkness, when she and her husband are killed in a train crash. The rich Harkness in-laws, and their other son Bill, had never seen Patrice, so they accept her and her newborn son into their family. However, Steve eventually finds her and starts to blackmail her. Based on the novel "I Married a Dead Man" by Cornell Woolrich (as William Irish). 108 min. DVD X7297
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Adair, Gilbert. "Magic mountain: the cinema of Mitchell Leisen." Sight & Sound; Summer 1980, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p182-185, 4p UC users only
Chierichetti, David. Mitchell Leisen, Hollywood director / David Chierichetti. Los Angeles, CA : Photoventures Press, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.3.L45 C47 1995)
Drabelle, Dennis. "Swing high, swing low: Mitchell Leisen in perspective." Film Comment, September/October 1994, Vol. 30, p8 UC users only
Shadoian, Jack. "Exacting standards." Film Comment, Sep/Oct98, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p40, 9p UC users only

The Young Lovers (aka Never Fear) (1950)
Directed by Ida Lupino. Cast:Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle, Hugh O'Brian, Eve Miller, Lawrence Dobkin. Carol, a dancer who has just become engaged to her partner and choreographer and is about to embark on a major career, is devastated to learn that she has contracted polio. Her partner wants to see her through her illness but the embittered Carol prefers to be alone. Eventually she realizes that only by allowing others to share her grief, will she be able to pull herself together and go on with her life. 81 min. vhs 999:3429
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My Forbidden Past (1951)
Director, Robert Stevenson. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas. In this lush period romance, a New Orleans aristocrat falls in love with a Northern doctor. Southern belle Barbara Beaurevel comes from a family long on breeding but short on cash. When Barbara's no-good cousin manages to destroy the relationship, she uses her inheritance from an ill-gotten fortune to bribe the same cousin into an act of revenge on the former lover. Based on a novel by Polan Banks. 70 min. DVD X4937; vhs 999:1198
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Payment on Demand (1951)
Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. Cast: Bette Davis, Barry Sullivan, Jane Cowl, Kent Taylor, Betty Lynn, Frances Dee. After years of driving her husband to succeed, ruthless social climber Joyce Ramsey has driven him away. This decades-spanning drama is notable for its unblinking portrait of the traumatic effect of divorce on a middle-aged woman. 90 min. DVD X4500
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People Will Talk (1951)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, Finlay Currie, Hume Cronyn, Walter Slezak, Sidney Blackmer, Basil Ruysdael, Katherine Locke. Dr. Noah Praetorius, a successful gynecologist becomes the victim of a witchhunt at the hands of Professor Elwell, who disdains Praetorius's unorthodox medical views. Fuel is added to the fire when Praetorius befriends young Deborah Higgins, who has become suicidal at the prospect of having a baby by her husband, a military reservist who was called up for service in the Korean War and killed in action. From the play 'Dr. Praetorius" by Curt Goetz. 103 min. DVD X4194
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A Place in the Sun (1951)
Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelly Winters, Keefe Brasselle. The story of Clift, a poor young man determined to win a place in respectable society and the heart of beautiful socialite Elizabeth Taylor. Shelley Winters plays the factory girl whose dark secret threatens Clift's professional and romantic prospects. Consumed with fear and desire, Clift is ultimately driven to a desperate act of passion that unravels his world forever. Based on the novel An American tragedy by Theodore Dreiser and the Patrick Kearney play adapted from the novel. 113 min. DVD X1491
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film

Thunder on the Hill (1951)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Ann Blyth, Robert Douglas, Anne Crawford, Gladys Cooper. Convicted murderess Valerie Carns is being transported to Norwich to be executed when a flood strands her and her guards at a convent hospital. Nurse Sister Mary becomes convinced of her innocence and sets out to find the real killer. 84 min. DVD X4894
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The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Directed by Vincente Minelli. Cast: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland, Leo G. Carroll, Vanessa Brown. Biting drama that tells the story of a ruthless, manipulatve movie producer who lets nothing and nobody stand in his way. Now he's broke and needs the help of the very people he used and betrayed on his climb to the top. 119 min. DVD 3007
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Awards & Honors
Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Grahame)
National Film Registry Selection

Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)
Directed by Daniel Mann. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore, Richard Jaeckel, Philip Ober, Edwin Max, Lisa Golm, Lola Delaney is a vulgar, dumpy, less-than-bright "shotgun bride" who is married to recovering alcoholic Doc Delaney. Their unhappy marriage is made even more unhappy when a sexy stranger, Marie, rents a room from Lola. Lola is a tiresome creature who never stops talking, especially about the "imminent" return of her runaway dog Sheba. Doc is having enough trouble staying from the bottle and resigning himself to his marriage without the curvaceous Marie arousing his baser instincts. Based on the original play by William Inge; produced on the stage by The Theatre Guild. 95 min. DVD X5280
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Actress (Shirley Booth)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best Film
Cannes Film Festival - Best Dramatic Film
Golden Globes - Best Actress, Drama (Shirley Booth)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress, Drama (Shirley Booth)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress, Drama (Shirley Booth)

Phone Call From a Stranger (1952)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Shelley Winters, Gary Merril, Michael Rennie, Keenan Wynn, Evelyn Varden, Bette Davis. Four strangers board a plane and become fast friends. A catastrophic plane crash puts an end to the sufferings of three ill-fated passengers, but for the fourth, Trask, a lawyer, it gives him a second chance, even though he believes his wife no longer loves him. Airline officials prepare to inform the loves ones of those killed, but Trask asks to be allowed to carry the news to the families of his friends himself. While visiting the bedridden widow Marie Hoke, Trask tells her about his marital problems and Marie guides the survivor on a jouney to understanding. 96 min. DVD X2421
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Ruby Gentry (1952)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston, Karl Malden, Tom Tully. Ruby is a tempestuous girl who lives with her family in the southern swampland who intends to improve her lot by marrying into wealth. When her heart is broken by a local 'refined' man, she is picked up on the rebound by a local businessman. Now she is using his money to ruin the whole town. 82 min.DVD 7623
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This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)
Directed by Felix Feist. Cast: Joan Crawford, Dennis Morgan, David Brian, Richard Webb, Mari Aldon . A melodrama where Crawford plays a hardened mobster who's about to go blind. On top of this she is being watched by the police and is burdened by an overly jealous boyfriend. She goes to Indianapolis to consult an expert eye surgeon to repair her eyes and ends up falling hopelessly in love with him. Will she be able to forget her seedy past and make a fresh start? From a story by Bernard Girard. 97 min. DVD X4502
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All I Desire (1953)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorhead, Conrad Nagel. Ten years ago, a turn-of-the-century scandal over a lover forced Naomi Murdoch to desert her husband and their children for a stage career. Now, returning to heir small Wisconsin town to see her daughter in a play, she has hopes of a reconciliation. Her appearance is a shock. The town is curious but unforgiving; her high school principle husband is involved with one of his teachers, and her children have mixed feelings about her. When an unexpected turn of events leads to more scandal, Naomi's hopes of starting over are dashed -- until some surprising changes occur. 80 min. DVD X3359; vhs 999:3642
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The Bigamist (1953)
Directed by Ida Lupino. Cast: Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, Edmond O'Brien, Kenneth Tobey, Jane Darwell, Peggy Maley. A lonely traveling salesman from San Francisco marries a woman in Los Angeles, without revealing to her that he's already married. Caught between two complementary spouses, an upper-crust lady attached to her dying father and a tough-talking waitress, his dazed indecisiveness dominates the narrative. 80 min. DVD X2460; vhs 999:3434
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Executive Suite (1953)
Director, Robert Wise. Cast: William Holden, June Allyson, Barbara Stanwyck, Frederic March, Walter Pigeon, Shelley Winters, Paul Douglas, Louis Calhern, Dean Jagger, Nina Foch, Tim Considine. When Avery Bullard, President of the Tredway Corporation dies, it's discovered that he failed to name a successor. Now, it's up to the board to choose one. The result is a corporate power struggle. While some Board members politic for Loren Shaw, the skilled, if not slick, businessman. In the other corner, those in support of Don Walling duke it out. He's a talented engineer with a love for the corporation's product line. But while power-suited men maneuver, a woman (Barbara Stanwyck) may have the most clout. She's the founder's daughter and the company's major stockholder... and may be the velvet power behind the Tredway throne. Based on the novel by Cameron Hawley. Special features: Commentary by director Oliver Stone, vintage Pete Smith comedy short Out for fun, classic cartoon Billy boy, theatrical trailer. 104 min. DVD X3399
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From Here to Eternity (1953)
Director: Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine. A drama about life in the Army in the days just prior to World War II. Shows the effect of Army discipline on an individualistic former boxing champion who defies attempts by officers and men to coerce him into joining the company's boxing team. Includes actual documentary film footage of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. 118 min. DVD 918
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
Cannes Film Festival - Special Award, Fred Zinnemann
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Titanic (1953)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Clifton Webb, Robert Wagner, Richard Basehart, Audrey Dalton. Determined to remove her family from the superficial, high-society world in which her husband is engrossed, a woman flees to America along with her children on the R.M.S. Titanic. Learning of her plan her husband buys a steerage ticket in the hopes of reconciling with his family. But when fate steps in, the family faces an unimaginable challenge and the possibility of separation from each other forever. Special features: Commentary by film critic Richard Shickel; commentary by Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton and cinematographer Michael Lonza; "Beyond Titanic" documentary; Movietone newsreels (1953); audio essay by Titanic historian Silvia Stoddard; still gallery. 78 min. DVD X1470
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Finlayson, Alan; Taylor, Richard. "Reading Titanic Politically: Class, Nation, and Gender in Jean Negulesco's Titanic (1953)." In: The Titanic in myth and memory [electronic resource] : representations in visual and literary culture / edited by Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street. London : I.B. Tauris, 2004. (Full text available online [UCB users only])
Howells, Richard. "Atlantic Crossings: Nation, Class and Identity in Titanic (1953) and A Night to Remember (1958)." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Oct99, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p421-438, 18p UC users only

Torch Song (1953)
Directed by Charles Walters. Cast: Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding, Gig Young, Marjorie Rambeau. Tells the story of a hard as nails Broadway musical star who chews up people for lunch. Romance enters her life in the form of her new piano accompanist, blinded war-veteran Tye Graham. The fact that Graham refuses to kowtow to the temperamental Jenny's demands, coupled with the adversarial behavior of Graham's seeing-eye dog, makes the pianist all the more attractive to the lonely songstress. Based on a story by I. A. R. Wylie. Special features: "Tough Baby: Torch Song"; classic cartoon, "TV of Tomorrow"; vintage Crawford, Jimmy Fund Public Service Announcement trailer; audio only bonus, Crawford recording sessions; theatrical trailer. 89 min. DVD X1006
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The Country Girl (1954)
Directed by George Seaton. Cast: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross, Gene Reynolds, Jacqueline Fontaine, Eddie Ryder, Robert Kent, John W. Reynolds. Frank Elgin is an alcoholic actor and singer who gets a second chance at stardom. His long suffering wife, Georgie, and their marriage is put to the test. Frank is desperate to make a come back and Bernie Dodd is the hotshot Broadway director in need of a "name" star for his new stage production. Georgie is both weary of her husband's weaknesses and Dodd's motives. When Georgie appears to be dragging Frank down, Bernie tries to force her to leave. 104 min. DVD 5133
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actress (Grace Kelly)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Picture
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress (Grace Kelly); Best Actor (Bing Crosby)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Grace Kelly)

A Star Is Born (1954)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford. A classic story of fame, innocence and destruction. A matinee idol falls in love with a young girl and propels her to stardom. Her career skyrockets, while his continues to fade with tragic consequences. 176 min. DVD 572; VHS 999:1018
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Awards & Honors
Academy Award - Best Actor, Musical/Comedy (James Mason); Best Actress, Musical/Comedy (Judy Garland)
National Film Registry Selection

A Star is Born (1937). Directed by William Wellman.

They Were So Young (1954)
Directed by Kurt Neumann. Cast: Scott Brady, Raymond Burr, Johanna Matz, Ingrid Stenn. A "white slavery" melodrama filmed on location in Rio De Janeiro. Innocent young Johanna Metz is hired for a supposed modelling job in Brazil. Upon her arrival, she finds herself broke, stranded and at the beck and call of a criminal gang. Escaping from the crooks, Johanna is rescued by Scott Brady, an engineer in the employ of tycoon Raymond Burr. Unfortunately, Burr turns out to be the leader of the gang from whom Johanna has escaped. 78 min. DVD 8236
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Woman's World (1954)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Clifton Webb, June Allyson, Van Heflin, Lauren Bacall, Fred MacMurray, Arlene Dahl, Cornel Wilde. "Needing to fill the position of general manager of his company, and believing that an executive's wife is crucial to her husband's success, auto industry mogul Gifford brings three couples to New York to size up: Jerry and Carol: he hard-driven and self-reliant, she willing to use her beauty to further her husband's career; Sid and Elizabeth, he ulcer-ridden and torn between achieving success and restoring their troubled marriage, she positive that his job will kill him, but gamely agreeing to play the good wife for the duration; and down-to-earth Bill, whose good-natured Katie fears that his promotion would spell the end of their idyllic familiy existence." [IMDB] Based on a story by Mona Williams. 94 min. vhs 999:3427
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The End of the Affair (UK, 1955)
Director: Edward Dmytryk. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, John Mills, Peter Cushing, Michael Goodliffe. In England during World War II, an American writer and the bored wife of a British civil servant fall in love, then she mysteriously ends the affair. Based on the novel by Graham Greene. 118 min. DVD X2459; vhs 999:3892
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I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
Directed by Daniel Mann. Cast: Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Eddie Albert, Jo Van Fleet, Don Taylor, Ray Danton. Biographical film that tells the story of Lillian Roth, who battled alcoholism as she worked her way to Broadway stardom. After her fall from fame to a booze-hazy existence on L.A.'s Skid Row, she fought her way back with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous. 110 min. DVD 8930
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Love is a Many-splendored Thing (1955)
Directed by Henry King. Cast: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom, Virginia Gregg, Murray Matheson. A widowed Eurasian doctor (William Holden) and an American war correspondent stationed in Hong Kong begin an intensely passionate affair, but when the journalist is transferred to Korea where war has broken out, tragedy strikes. Based on the novel: A many-splendored thing / by Han Suyin. 102 min. DVD 4840
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Picnic (1955)
Directed by Joshua Logan. Cast: William Holden, Kim Novak, Arthur O'Connell, Susan Strasberg, Cliff Robertson, Rosalind Russell, Nick Adams. The story covers one Labor Day week-end in a small Kansas town, and tells about the impact a virile drifter has on the lives of several women in town. Based on the play by William Inge. 113 min. DVD 9880
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Cohan, Steven. " Masquerading As the American Male in the Fifties: Picnic, William Holden and the Spectacle of Masculinity in Hollywood Film." Camera Obscura 9(1-2 25-26): 41-72 (1991) UC users only

Autumn Leaves (1956)
Directed by Robert Aldrich. Cast: Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson, Vera Miles, Lorne Greene. A lonely spinster marries young Burt Hanson. Afterwards she discovers he has an ex-wife whom he never mentioned and a "dead" father who is very much alive. When Milly confronts Burt, he explains that the reasons for his deception stem from a traumatic experience in his previous marriage. Soon Milly's domestic bliss turns into a nightmare of suspicion and terror as Burt enters a world of increasing unreality. In trying to help her mentally unbalanced husband, Milly uncovers the shattering secret which threatens her life. 107 min. vhs 999:3713
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Bigger Than Life (1956)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau. Schoolteacher Ed Avery, who's been suffering bouts of severe pain and even blackouts, is hospitalized with what's diagnosed as a rare inflammation of the arteries. Told by doctors that he probably has only months to live, Ed agrees to an experimental treatment: doses of the hormone cortisone. Ed makes a remarkable recovery, and returns but he must keep taking cortisone tablets regularly to prevent a recurrence of his illness. But the 'miracle' cure turns into its own nightmare as Ed starts to abuse the tablets, causing him to experience increasingly wild mood swings. 92 min. DVD X239
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There's Always Tomorrow(1956)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett. Clifford Groves, toy manufacturer, is in full charge at the factory but feels left out and taken for granted by his wife and children at home. Alone and depressed, he meets old flame Norma, and one thing leads to another. While their relationship is still fairly innocent, his son Vinnie sees them together and suspects the worst. It's time for tortured souls behind rain-streaming windows... 81 min. DVD X3359
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Tea and Sympathy (1956)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson, Edward Andrews. Drama about a teenaged boy at a New England boarding school who is wrongly accused of homosexuality. The wife of a housemaster offers the boy her understanding and love when she finds that he is deeply troubled about the accusations and is questioning himself. Based on the play by Robert Anderson. 123 min. DVD X5535; DVD X4799; vhs 999:1431
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Written on the Wind (1956)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Robert Keith, Grant Williams, Harry Shannon. Story of the ne'er-do-well family of a Texas oil magnate whose dynasty begins to crumble due to the family's activities and pleasure-seeking. 99 min. DVD 2710; vhs 999:554
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An Affair to Remember (1957)
Director, Leo McCarey. Cast: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning, Neva Patterson, Cathleen Nesbitt. Nickie Ferrante and Terry McKay meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months later at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous, and the lovers' future takes an emotional and uncertain turn. Remake of "Love Affair" (1939)119 min. DVD 1650
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Asenas, Jennifer J. "Remakes to Remember: Romantic Myths in Remade Films and Their Original Counterparts." In: Critical thinking about Sex, love, and romance in the mass media : media literacy applications / edited by Mary-Lou Galician, Debra L. Merskin. Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks HQ801 .C7397 2007)
Cohan, Steven.
"Cary Grant in the fifties: indiscretions of the bachelor's masquerade." Screen 1992 33: 394-412 UC users only
Losilla , Carlos. "An Affair to Remember." Rouge, 13 (2009) UC users only

Interlude (1957)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: June Allyson, Rossano Brazzi, Marianne Cook, Françoise Rosay, Keith Andes, Frances Bergen, Jane Wyatt. A young woman travels to Munich seeking adventure and romance. She meets a symphony conductor and begins a relationship with him. However, she soon discovers that he has a family, and to complicate her situation, she meets a former suitor, a doctor, who works in a Munich hospital. 86 min. DVD X3231
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Peyton Place (1957)
Directed by Mark Robson. Cast: Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Arthur Kennedy, Russ Tamblyn. The story of coming of age in a small New England village whose peaceful facade hides love and passion, scandal and hypocrisy. Special DVD features: Commentary by Terry Moore and Russ Tamblyn; AMC backstory; movietone news premiere and photoplay magazine awards. 157 min. DVD 7538
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Brier, Evan. "The accidental blockbuster: Peyton Place in literary and institutional context." Women's Studies Quarterly 33.3-4 (Fall-Winter 2005): p48-65.
Hendler, Jane. Best-sellers and their film adaptations in postwar America : From here to eternity, Sayonara, Giant, Auntie Mame, Peyton Place New York : Peter Lang, c2001. (MAIN: PN1997.85 .H46 2001)

Sayonara. (1957)
Directed by Joshua Logan. Cast: Marlon Brando, Ricardo Montalban, Miiko Taka. Romantic James Michner tale of Korean War pilot Brando falling in love with Japanese entertainer Taka. DVD 8433; vhs 999:1351
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Hendler, Jane. Best-sellers and their film adaptations in postwar America : From here to eternity, Sayonara, Giant, Auntie Mame, Peyton Place New York : Peter Lang, c2001. (MAIN: PN1997.85 .H46 2001)

The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
Directed by Nunnally Johnson. Cast: Joanne Woodward, David Wayne, Lee J. Cobb, Edwin Jerome, Alena Murray, Nancy Kulp, Douglas Spencer, Terry Ann Ross, Ken Scott, Mimi Gibson. Based on a true story, this acclaimed psychological drama brilliantly explores the dimensions of the human mind. Eve White, a withdrawn housewife startles her husband when she claims she did not buy the provocative clothes he finds in her closet. After she complains of blackouts, he takes her to a psychiatrist who soon encounters her second personality Eve Black, a sexy, uninhibited woman. As Eve's therapy continues her third self, the sensible Jane appears to help resolve her rare multiple personality condition. Based on the book by Corbett Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley. Special features: Commentary by film historian Aubrey Solomon; Movietone news: "Academy Awards" footage, theatrical trailer. 91 min. DVD X1070
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Awards

Academy Awards, USA – Best Actress (Joanne Woodward)
Golden Globes, USA Best Motion Picture Actress – Drama
National Board of Review, USA – Best Actress

Graham, Alison. "'The Loveliest and Purest of God’s Creatures': The Three Faces of Eve and the Crisis of Southern Womanhood." In: Classic Hollywood, classic whiteness / Daniel Bernardi, editor. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M56 C59 2001)
Henriksen, Margot A. "The Snake Pit: America as an Asylum." In: Dr. Strangelove's America: society and culture in the atomic age Berkeley : University of California Press, c1997. (Text available online [UCB users only]; also print MOFF: E169.12 .H49 1997; ETHN: E169.12 .H49 1997; PFA : E169.12 .H49 1997)
Johnson, Lesley. "The Three Faces of Eve." In: Sentenced to everyday life : feminism and the housewife / Lesley Johnson and Justine Lloyd. Oxford ; New York : Berg, 2004. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks HQ1426 .J64 2004)
Lloyd, Justine. Johnson, Lesley. "The Three Faces of Eve: The Post-War Housewife, Melodrama, and Home." Feminist Media Studies. 3 (1): 7-25. 2003 Mar.

Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
Directed by Otto Preminger. Cast: Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Jean Seberg, Mylene Demongeot, Geoffrey Horne, Juliette Greco, Walter Chiari. Cecile is the spoiled 17-year-old daughter of Raymond, a wealthy Parisian widower vacationing in a villa on the French Riviera. Their pleasure-seeking existence is threatened when Raymond decides to marry Cecile's straitlaced godmother, Anne, who disapproves of the teenager's steamy summer affair with Philippe. 94 min. DVD 5877
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Gibbs, John; Pye, Douglas. "Revisiting Preminger: Bonjour Tristesse and Close Reading." In: Style and meaning : studies in the detailed analysis of film / edited by John Gibbs and Douglas Pye. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2005. (Main Stack PN1995.S778 2005)

I Want To Live!(1958)
Directed by Robert Wise. Cast: Cast: Susan Hayward (Barbara Graham), Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel, Wesley Lau, Philip Coolidge, Lou Krugman, James Philbrook, Gage Clark, John Marley, Marion Marshall. Based on true events tells the dramatic story of the life of a "B-Girl," Barbara Graham, a vagrant prostitute and fast-living party girl, which led to a sensational murder trial and afterwards, her execution in the gas chamber despite growing doubts about her guilt. The background music is made up in its entirety of progressive jazz. Based on a newspaper article by Edward Montgomery and the letters of Barbara Graham. 121 min. DVD 1309
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Actress (Susan Hayward)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Actress (Susan Hayward)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Susan Hayward)

Bingham, Dennis. ""I Do Want to Live!": Female Voices, Male Discourse, and Hollywood Biopics." Cinema Journal, Spring99, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p3-26, 24p UC users only
Macpherson, Heidi Slettedahl. "Spectacular Expectations: Women, Law and Film." Journal of American Studies; Dec2007, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p641-658, 18p

Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
Directed by Irving Rapper. Cast Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood, Claire Trevor, Everett Sloane, Marty Milner, Carolyn Jones, George Tobias, Martin Balsam, Jesse White, Edward Byrnes, Paul Picerni, Alan Reed, Ruta Lee, Ed Wynn. "While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie, he is an upper-middle-class New York Jew (born 'Ehrman'), but has fallen away from his roots, and Marjorie's parents object among other things to his lack of a suitable profession, such as medicine or law. Noel himself warns Marjorie repeatedly that she's much too naive and conventional for him, but they nonetheless fall in love. As they pursue an on-again-off-again relationship, Marjorie completes her studies at Hunter College, and works to establish an acting career, while Noel first leaves the theater for a job with an advertising agency, but later completes a musical he'd started writing before he and Marjorie had first met. Meanwhile, their relationship deepens (though, consistent with '50s Hollywood mores, the more full-fledged sexuality in their relationship is never explicitly communicated). They plan to marry, but after the musical's critical failure on Broadway, Noel runs away. Marjorie finally tracks him down at the summer theater where they first met--and, realizing that this is probably where he belongs, finally gives up on the relationship. Helping her to move on with her life is Wally, once Noel's assistant, now a very successful Broadway playwright, and all along, Marjorie's unrequited lover. The movie ends with a clear implication Wally and Marjorie will finally be a couple." [IMDB] Based on the novel: Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk. 128 min. DVD X1072; vhs 999:1202
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Some Came Running (1958)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Martha Hyer, Arthur Kennedy, Nancy Gates, Leora Dana. Going home." For ex-GI and sometime-writer Dave Hirsh those words are bittersweet at best. He returns to Indiana in the years after World War II with $5,500 in his pocket and a lot of bad memories to erase. Based on the novel by James Jones. 137 min. DVD X1494; vhs 999:3716
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Tarnished Angels(1958)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Jack Carson, Robert Middelton. Story of a friendship between an eccentric journalist and a daredevil barnstorming pilot. A disillusioned World War One ace eking out a living as a barnstorming pilot/parachutist in a two-bit carnival is discovered by an eccentric New Orleans newspaperman. The journalist becomes fascinated with the pilot's fall from grace, and latches onto him. As he is drawn into his iconoclastic, individualistic lifestyle, he finds he is also drawn to the pilot's long-suffering wife. Bonus features: Robert Osborne intro.; scene stills; TCMDb article; behind the scenes photos; lobby cards; publicity stills; movie posters. 91 min. DVD X4894
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The Best of Everything (1959)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd, Suzy Parker, Martha Hyer, Diane Baker, Brian Aherne, Robert Evans, Louis Jourdan, David Savage, Joan Crawford. Multifaceted fabrication about women seeking success and love in the publishing jungle of New York City. Caroline has her sites set on becoming an editor, but Miss Farrow stands in her way. Gregg wants to be an actress but can't seem to get a part, while April just wants to find a good man. 121 min. DVD X3148; vhs 999:3562
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Imitation of Life (1959)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Lana Turner (Lora Meredith), John Gavin (Steve Archer). Draws the audience into an underworld of backstairs and neon gutters with the story of an exploited black maid (played by a white actress) and her daughter trying to pass for white. Based on Fannie Hurst's novel. 124 min. DVD 5246; DVD 1737
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Imitation of Life (1934). Directed by John M. Stahl.

Suddenly Last Summer (1959)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge. A psychological drama about the effects of the sordid death of a decent young man upon his cousin, whose life and sanity are endangered, and upon his mother, a wealthy New Orleans widow whose diseased adoration of her son draws her into his depravity. 114 min. DVD 7553; vhs 999:636
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Ohi, Kevin. "Devouring creation: cannibalism, sodomy, and the scene of analysis in Suddenly, last summer." Cinema Journal Vol XXXVIII nr 3 (Spring 1999); p 27-49.

A Summer Place (1959)
Directed by Delmer Daves. Cast: Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee, Arthur Kennedy, Troy Donahue. As a yacht sails toward the elite Maine resort of Pine Island young Molly peers through binoculars for a close-up view and finds a boy looking back at her from his telescope. This love story of young Molly and John intertwines with the story of Molly's father and Johnny's mother, long-ago sweethearts whose fateful Pine Island reunion brings on old feelings. 130 min. DVD 7552; vhs 999:1482
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1960s and 1970s

Portait in Black (1960)
Directed by Michael Gordon. Cast: Lana Turner, Anthony Quinn, Sandra Dee, John Saxon, Lloyd Nolan, Ray Walston, Virginia Grey, Anna May Wong, Richard Basehart. An adulterous couple conspire to kill the woman's tyrannical husband. Then an anonymous letter arrives advising them that someone knows their secret and their new life together begins unraveling. 113 min. DVD X4319
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Home from the Hill (1960)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard, George Hamilton, Everett Sloane, Luana Patten, Anne Seymour, Constance Ford, Ken Renard, Ray Teal. Wade Hunnicutt is a big man who looms over the Texas backwoodsmen who work his land, over the embittered wife that he cheats on, and over the sons who strive for their father's respect. An emotionally volatile tale of an epic clash between generations. Wade's sons, determined to be their own men, are in danger of repeating their father's life-crippling legacy of lust and violence. Based on the novel by William Humphrey. 150 min. DVD X3580
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Strangers When We Meet (1960)
Directed by Richard Quine. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Kim Novak, Barbara Rush, Ernie Kovacs, Walter Matthau, Virginia Bruce, Kent Smith, Helen Gallagher. Douglas stars as Larry Coe, a gifted architect who, unhappily married, falls in love with his beautiful neighbor Maggie, whose marriage is also on the rocks. 117 min. DVD 7598
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Butterfield 8 (1960)
Directed by Daniel Mann. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey, Eddie Fisher, Mildred Dunnock, Betty Field, Dina Merrill. A high-class call girl in New York and a socially prominant man fall in love. However, he can't forget her past and she resents his distrust, so they battle their emotions and each other, leading to a powerful and explosive climax. Based on the novel by John O'Hara. 110 min. DVD 7551; vhs 999:2521
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All That Heaven Allows (1961)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorhead, Conrad Nagel. Cary Scott, an attractive and wealthy New England widow, creates a social outcry in her community and within her family when she becomes romantically involved with Ron Kirby, her much younger gardener. 89 min. DVD 1344
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Back Street (1961)
Directed by David Miller. Cast: Susan Hayward, John Gavin, Vera Miles, Charles Drake, Virginia Grey, Reginald Gardiner. Rae is an ambitious fashion designer who falls in love with Paul, a rich and handsome department store owner at the end of World War II. But Rae opts for a New York career over running off with Paul. Years later, they meet in Rome and resume their forbidden love affair. Based on the novel by Fannie Hurst. 107 min. vhs 999:3430
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Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie, Barbara Loden, Zohra Lambert. In this blistering drama of frustrated first love in a small Kansas town in the 1920s the conflict between what caring parents and society advise and what their desires demand pushes Bud to physical collapse and Deanie to madness. 111 min. DVD 7537
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Summer and Smoke (1961)
Directed by Peter Glenville. Cast: Earl Holliman, Geraldine Page, Laurence Harvey, Pamela Tiffin, Rita Moreno, Una Merkel. From childhood, Alma has loved John Buchanan. Repressed by the pressure of a minister father and a mother who has never recovered from a nervous breakdown, she keeps these feelings bottled up. Her life becomes unbearable when John returns from medical school and takes up with the sultry Rosa, the daughter of the casino owner who is as open and willing as Alma is shy and repressed. Based on the play by Tennessee Williams. 118 min. DVD X4845; vhs 999:527
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Two Women (1961)
Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Sophia Loren, Jean Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone, Eleonora Brown. Portrays an Italian mother who along with her daughter is raped by soldiers during World War II. After regaining consciousness she finds her daughter in a state of shock, and the rest of the film tells how they find their way back to life and survive the horror of war. 105 min. vhs 999:2431
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The V.I.P.s (1963)
Directed by Anthony Asquith. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Louis Jourdan, Elsa Martinelli, Margaret Rutherford, Maggie Smith, Rod Taylor, Orson Welles, Linda Christian. Fog delays a group of elite travelers headed to New York. As they wait at the V.I.P. lounge of London Airport, each at a moment of crisis in his or her life, they are forced to deal with their problems rather than run from them. 119 min. DVD 8542
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The Sandpiper (1965)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Eve Marie Saint, Charles Bronson, Robert Webber, and Morgan Mason. A repressed minister with a devoted wife must come to terms with his adulterous feelings for a beautiful, free-spirited woman living in Big Sur. 117 min. DVD 8541
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The Group (1966)
Directed by Sidney Lumet. Cast: Candice Bergen, Joan Hackett, Elizabeth Hartman, Shirley Knight, Joanna Pettet; Mary-Robin Redd, Jessica Walter, Kathleen Widdoes, James Broderick, James Congdon, Larry Hagman, Hal Holbrook, Richard Mulligan. Focuses on the changing roles and relationships of eight Vassar graduates during the years before the second World War. From the novel by Mary McCarthy. 150 min. DVD X6355
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Madame X (1966)
Directed by David Lowell Rich. Cast: Lana Turner, John Forsythe, Ricardo Montalban, Burgess Meredith, Constance Bennett, Keir Dullea. A woman is blackmailed by her mother-in-law into leaving her politician husband and their baby. Twenty years later, she finds herself on trial for murder where she is defended by her own son. 100 min. DVD X4319
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Viviani, Christian. "Madame X: Eve Expelled from Bourgeois Eden." In: Imitations of life : a reader on film and television melodrama / edited by Marcia Landy. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c1991. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M45 I45 1991)

Valley of the Dolls. (1967)
Directed by Mark Robson. Cast: Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward. Three girls come to New York City and later, Hollywood, to chase their dreams of stardom only to discover there are prices for fame and fortune-- addictions to pills, booze, drowned careers, crumbling fortunes, dizzying highs and incredible lows. The three girls go for broke, eaten alive by show business, sex, and drugs, in this trashy, campy exposé of the dark side of stardom. Based on the novel of the same title by Jacqueline Susann. Disc one: Special features: Commentary by actress Barbara Parkins and E!s Ted Casablanca [optional audio feature]; Trivia overdose: a pill-popping guide to "Valley of the Dolls" [interactive feature] -- Gotta get off this merry-go-round: Sex, dolls and showtunes [featurette] (2006) (48 min.); Still galleries [slide shows]. Disc two: Special features: The divine Ms. Susann [featurette] (2006) (14 min.) -- The dish on dolls [featurette] (2006) (6 min.) -- Hollywood backstories: "Valley of the Dolls" / narrated by Rino Romano ; produced and directed by Michele Farinola ; produced by Prometheus Entertainment [featurette] (2001) (23 min.) -- A world premiere voyage / hosted by Bill Burrud and Army Archerd ; produced by Milas Hinshaw ; a Hollywood Premieres, Inc. production [featurette] (1967) (48 min.) -- Jacqueline Susann and the "Valley of the Dolls" / directed by Alan Foshko ; an Alan Foshko-Lew Schwartz Del Sol Production [featurette] (1967) (51 min.); Screen tests (17 min.); TV Spots and original theatrical trailers (5 min.); "You've Got talent" karaoke (8 min.); Musical numbers [audio feature]. 123 min. DVD X2476; 999:2819
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Love Story (1970)
Directed by Arthur Hiller. Cast: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland. When Oliver, a Harvard law student, falls in love with music student Jenny they cross social barriers to marry, against the wishes of their parents. Despite financial travails, the couple is blissfully happy....until she is diagnosed as having an unnamed disease that consigns her to an early death. 100 min. DVD 7584
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Picture - Drama; Best Director

Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973)
Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Cast: Charles Baxter, Maggie Smith, Timothy Bottoms. During a tour in Spain, an awkward and shy young man makes the acquaintance of a not-quite-middle-aged spinster who is looking for a reason to live. After the two fall in love, she reveals that she has a terminal illness. 110 min. DVD 7584
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The Way We Were (1973)
Directed by Sydney Pollack. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Viveca Lindfors, Herb Edelman, Murray Hamilton, Patrick O'Neal, Lois Chiles. Summary The romance and marriage of opposites-- the love that binds them together and the differences that tear them apart. A love story from college to Hollywood in the thirties, forties, and fifties. 118 min. DVD 8542
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The Turning Point (1977)
Directed by Herbert Ross. Cast: Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Tom Skerritt, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leslie Browne, Martha Scott, Antoinette Sibley, Alexandra Danilova, Starr Danias, Marshall Thompson, James Mitchell, Daniel Levans, Scott Douglas, Lisa Lucas, Phillip Saunders, Furgen Schneider, Dennis Nahat, Anthony Zerbe; the artists of American Ballet Theatre. Two friends who started in ballet are reunited after many years; one is now a star ballerina, the other a Midwestern housewife/dance teacher whose daughter is embarking on her own ballet career. 119 min. DVD 7582
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Picture - Drama

1980s--present

Mommie Dearest (1981)
Directed by Frank Perry. Cast: Faye Dunaway, Steve Forrest, Diana Scarwid, Mara Hobel, Howard Da Silva, Rutanya Alda. Based on the book by her adopted daughter this is the story of the tormented life of movie star, Joan Crawford, who struggling to survive in a cutthroat world, succumbed to alcoholism and child abuse. Based on the book by Christina Crawford. Special DVD features: Commentary by filmmaker John Waters; featurettes; photo gallery; original theatrical trailer. 129 min. DVD X1061
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Babener, Liahna. "Haywire in Hollywood; girlhood memories by movieland daughters." Journal of Popular Film and Television 16.n4 (Wntr 1989): 138(10).
Brauerhoch, Annette. "Mixed Emotions: Mommie Dearest-Between Melodrama and Horror." Cinema Journal, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 53-64, Fall 1995. UC users only
Haralovich, Mary Beth. "Too much guilt is never enough for working mothers: Joan Crawford, Mildred Pierce, and Mommie Dearest." Velvet Light Trap (Spring 1992): 43(10). UC users only
Negra, Dianne. "Negotiating Gender in Quest Narratives and Family Dramas: Raiders of the Lost Ark, On Golden Pond, and Mommie Dearest." In: American cinema of the 1980s : themes and variations / edited by Stephen Prince. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 A8578 2007)

On Golden Pond (1981)
Director, Mark Rydell. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman, William Lanteau, Christopher Rydell, Troy Garity. Based on the play by Ernest Thompson. Shows the conflicts between three generations as the Thayers, a crotchety old professor and his wife, spend their summer together on a lake in New England. The couple agrees to mind their estranged daughter's boyfriend's child, while daughter and boyfriend go on a trip. The boy bonds with the old man in a way his daughter never did. Shows the terrors and graces of aging. 109 min. DVD X788
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Actor (Henry Fonda); Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn)
Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture; Drama; Best Actor (Henry Fonda)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Henry Fonda)

Negra, Dianne. "Negotiating Gender in Quest Narratives and Family Dramas: Raiders of the Lost Ark, On Golden Pond, and Mommie Dearest." In: American cinema of the 1980s : themes and variations / edited by Stephen Prince. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 A8578 2007)

Night of the Iguana (1982)
Directed by John Huston. Cast: Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon, Grayson Hall, James Ward, Cyril Delevanti, Mary Boylan. A defrocked, alcoholic, and emotionally-troubled minister struggles with his desire for earthly pleasures as a tour guide in Mexico. Shepherding a busload of school teachers and one libidinous 18-year old girl, he becomes entangled with the teen, suffers a nervous breakdown when discovered, and strands the group at the remote and rundown seaside hotel of his old friend Maxine. As his emotional state continues to unravel, and the group's problems increase, the hotel is joined by a travelling artist and her aged poet father, with their own secret troubles. From the play : The night of the iguana by Tennessee Williams. Bonus features: "The night of the iguana : Huston's gamble" behind-the-scenes featurette on director John Huston (10 min.); "On the trail of the iguana" promotional making-of featurette (14 min.); teaser trailer ; original theatrical trailer. 117 min. DVD X3073
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An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Directed by Taylor Hackford. Cast: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Robert Loggia, Lisa Blount, Lisa Eilbacher, Louis Gossett, Jr. A timeless tale of romance, friendship, and growth. Loner Zack Mayo enters Officer Candidate School to become a Navy pilot and in thirteen weeks he learns the importance of discipline, love and friendship. 124 min. DVD 7500
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Supporting Actor (Louis Gossett Jr.)
Golden Globes - Best Supporting Actor (Louis Gossett Jr.)

Terms of Endearment (1983)
Directed by James L. Brooks. Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny De Vito, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow. A comedy-drama about the evolving 30+ year relationship between a mother and daughter. Jack Nicholson turns in a great comic performance as their neighbor, a boozy, womanizing former astronaut. 131 min. DVD 5521
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film

"Terms of Endearment." In: Best American screenplays. First series : complete screenplays / edited by Sam Thomas ; foreword by Frank Capra. New York : Crown Publishers, c1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 B36 1986)

Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Tess Harper, Hurd Hatfield, David Carpenter, Beeson Carroll, Sam Shepard. The Magrath sisters are reunited after a bizarre incident. Together again under the same roof, they must overcome sibling jealousies and the family reputation for taking the easy way out. Based on the play by Beth Henley. 105 min. DVD X4867
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Steel Magnolias (1989)
Directed by Herbert Ross. Cast: Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Tom Skerritt, Sam Shepard. A young diabetic's decision to have a baby may cost her life. This choice leaves her own mother torn between love and anger, while her loyal friends support her and try to deal with their own feelings. 131 min. DVD X3785
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Ghost (1990)
Directed by Jerry Zucker. Cast: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Leeds, Vincent Schiavelli. A ghost teams up with a psychic to uncover the truth behind his murder --and to rescue his sweetheart from a similar fate. 126 min. DVD 8732
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The Remains of the Day (UK | USA, 1993)
Directed by James Ivory. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, James Fox, Christopher Reeve. The story of blind devotion and repressed love between a fanatically perfect butler and a high-spirited, strong-minded young housekeeper in the employ of a British lord who is unwittingly a Nazi dupe.Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. 124 min. DVD 7500
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Awards
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins)

Shadowlands(UK, 1993)
Directed by Richard Attenborough. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, James Frain, Daniel Goode, Scott Handy. Based on the true story of C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned writer and professor who remains untouched by any great passion until he meets and falls in love with Joy Gresham, a feisty, abrasive New York divorcee. 133 min. DVD 6395
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Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Directed by Nora Ephron, Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rosie O'Donnell, Bill Pullman, Rob Reiner. After hearing a man confess his love for his dearly departed wife on a call-in radio show, a woman falls deeply, inexplicably in love with him. Deciding he is her destiny, she treks across country on a wildly romantic impulse to meet him. 105 min. DVD 7928
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Forrest Gump (1994)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field. The story follows the life of low I.Q. Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) and his meeting with the love of his life Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950's through the 1970's including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc. Although Forrest doesn't realize the significance of his actions he comes to embody a generation of American youth. 141 min. DVD 1085
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Golden Globe Awards - Best Picture, Drama; Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak. National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid and Iowa housewife and mother Francesca Johnson find the loves of their lives during a brief encounter in Madison County in 1965. 135 min. DVD 7501
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Waiting To Exhale (1995)
Directed by Forest Whitaker. The story of four African-American women who journey through a modern labyrinth of husbands and lovers, jobs and makeovers. Based on the novel by Terry McMillan (Main Stack PS3563.C3868.W35 1992) 124 min. DVD 7502
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Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Directed by Mike Figgis. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands. Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter whom lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. 112 min. DVD 5035
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actor (Nicolas Cage)
Golden Globes - Best Actor, Drama (Nicolas Cage)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor, Drama (Nicolas Cage); Best Actress (Elisabeth Shue)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Nicolas Cage)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director; Best Actor (Nicolas Cage); Best Actress (Elisabeth Shue)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Actor

Fried, John. "Leaving Las Vegas." Cineaste 22:1 (April 1996) p. 64 UC users only
Nick James. "Intoxication." Sight and Sound 7:2 (February 1997) p. 26-28UC users only
Piano, Doreen. "Leaving Las Vegas: Reading the Prostitute as a Voice Abjection." In: Exclusions in feminist thought : challenging the boundaries of womanhood / edited by Mary Brewer. Brighton ; Portland, Or. : Sussex Academic Press, 2002. (Main Stack HQ1206.E98 2002)
Stenberg, Douglas. "'A Kind of View Into the Other Side of Time': Echoes Of Dostoevsky's Notes From Underground in Leaving Las Vegas." Literature Film Quarterly, 2000, Vol. 28 Issue 3, P214, 8p UC users only
Thomson, David. "The hole you're in." Film Comment; Nov/Dec95, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p36, 4pUC users only

The English Patient (1996)
Directed by Anthony Minghella. Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Naveen Andrews. During World War II, a mysterious stranger is rescued from a fiery plane crash. As a young Canadian nurse cares for the dying man dangerous secrets from his past come to light as he relives the secret romance that destroyed him -- but which also set him free. Based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje. Special features: Master class with screenwriter and director; the making of; a historical look at the real count Almasy; two feature commentary tracks with the filmmakers; from novel to screenplay; the formidable Saul Zaentz; about the author Michael Ondaatje; filmmaker conversations with Anthony Minghella, Saul Zaentz, Michael Ondaatje and editor Walter Murch. 162 min. DVD 5439
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche)
Berlin International Film Festival - Best Actress (Juliette Binoche)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
Directors Guild of America - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA -Best Motion Picture. Drama
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche & Kristin Scott Thomas)

Titanic (1997)
Directed by James Cameron. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Victor Garber, David Warner, Danny Nucci, Suzy Amis, Bernard Fox, Bill Paxton. Two young lovers separated by social class are destined to find each other on the maiden voyage of the "unsinkable" R.M.S. Titanic. But when the doomed luxury liner collides with an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic, their passionate love affair becomes a thrilling race for survival! 195 min. DVD 2172
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Special Citation, James Cameron

The End of the Affair (UK / USA , 1999)
Director: Neil Jordan. Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea, James Bolam. In England during World War II, an American writer and the bored wife of a British civil servant fall in love. Then she mysteriously ends the affair. Based on the novel by Graham Greene. 118 min. DVD X4332; vhs 999:3897
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Notting Hill (UK | USA, 1999)
Directed by Roger Michell. Cast Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers, James Dreyfus, Rhys Ifans, Tim McInnerny, Gina McKee. The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world, but can they fall in love while the whole world is watching? Bonus materials: Feature commentary with director Roger Michell, producer Duncan Kenworthy, and writer Richard Curtis -- Hugh Grant's movie tips -- Deleted scenes -- Music highlights -- The travel book. 124 min. DVD X3590
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Satan Was a Lady (2001)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Honey Lauren, Glyn Styler, Edge Hans Lohl, Laudet Torres. A melodrama that descends with a hell-bent spiral about a whore who longs for a touch of mink and a way out no matter what... Special features: Wishman unadulterated (behind the scenes) ; Glyn Styler solos ; filmography. 85 min. DVD 8224
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Away from Her (2002)
Directed by Sarah Polley. Cast: Gordon Pinsent, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Wendy Crewson, Kristen Thomson, Deanna Dezmari, Clare Coulter, Thomas Hauff, Alberta Watson. Fiona and Grant are an Ontario couple who have been married for over 40 years. During the twilight of their years, Grant is forced to face the fact that Fiona's 'forgetfulness' actually is Alzheimer's. After Fiona wanders away and is found, the decision is made for her to go into a nursing home. For the first time in their relationship, they are forced to undergo a separation since this is the nursing home 'no-vistitors,' first 30 days policy of a patient's stay. When Grant visits Fiona after the orientation period, he is devastated to find out that not only has she seemingly forgotten him, but she has transferred her affections to another man. As the distance between husband and wife grows, Grant must draw upon his love for Fiona to perform an act of self-sacrifice in order to ensure her happiness. Based on the short story "The bear came over the mountain" by Alice Munro. Special features: Feature commentary with actress Julie Christie ; deleted scenes ; deleted scenes commentary with director Sarah Polley. 110 min. DVD X3773
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Actress (Julie Christie)
Golden Globes - Best Actress, Dramatic (Julie Christie)
London Critics Circle Film Awards - British Actress of the Year (Julie Christie)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - New Generation Award (Sarah Polley)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress (Julie Christie)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actress (Julie Christie)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Julie Christie); Best First Film (Sarah Polley)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress (Julie Christie)

Cicero, Caroline; Detweiler, Craig. "Solidarity and Ambivalence in Away From Her." Journal of Aging, Humanities & the Arts, Mar2009, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p76-80, 5p UC users only
Johnson, Brian D. "The last taboo: geriatric romance." Maclean's; 1/22/2007, Vol. 120 Issue 2, p57-57, 1p UC users only
McGill, Robert. "No Nation but Adaptation: "The Bear Came over the Mountain," "Away from Her," and What It Means to Be Faithful." Canadian Literature; Summer2008, Issue 197, p98-111, 14p UC users only
Oatley, Keith. "Coming together." PsycCRITIQUES. Vol 52 (39), 2007, [np]

Brokeback Mountain (2002)
Directed by Ang Lee; screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana. Cast: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid. It's 1963, a time in the United States when life was simple, straightforward and the lines between the sexes and sex roles were crisply drawn and severely delineated. Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist find themselves thrown together when they are hired to tend sheep in the remote area of Brokeback Mountain, Wyoming. Because of the job, the two are forced to spend many hours together alone in the wild. Ennis and Jack are inexorably drawn to each other through their proximity, loneliness and through a shared lack of tenderness and emotion in their lives and are emotionally, physically and psychically bonded to each other almost from the start. Based on the short story by Annie Proulx. 135 min. DVD 5386
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Director
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
Directors Guild of America
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture (Drama); Best Director
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Picture; Best Director
Venice Film Festival - Best Director

Far From Heaven (2002)
Directed by Todd Haynes. Cast: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn. Cathy is the perfect 50s housewife, living the perfect 50s life: healthy kids, successful husband, social prominence. Then one night she surprises her husband Frank having sex with another man, and her tidy world starts spinning out of control. In her confusion and grief, she finds consolation in the friendship of their African-American gardener, Raymond--a socially taboo relationship that leads to the further disintegration of life as she knew it. 107 min. DVD 1713
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Awards
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress (Julianne Moore)
Golden Globes - Best Supporting Actor (Dennis Quaid)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director; Best Supporting Actor (Dennis Quaid); Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Clarkson)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Director
Venice Film Festival - Best Actress

The Hours (2002)
Directed by Stephen Daldry. Cast: Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Dillane, Allison Janney, John C. Reilly, Miranda Richardson. In 1929, Virginia Woolf is starting to write her novel, 'Mrs. Dalloway,' under the care of doctors and family. In 1951, Laura Brown is planning for her husband's birthday, but is preoccupied with reading Woolf's novel. In 2001, Clarrisa Vaughn is planning an award party for her friend, an author dying of AIDS. Taking place over one day, all three stories are interconnected with the novel: one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it. Based on the book by Michael Cunningham. Special features (ca. 4 hrs): Commentary by Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman; commentary by directorStephen Daldry and novelist Michael Cunningham; introduction by the filmmakers; 4 featurettes: "Three women", "The mind and times of Virginia Woolf", "The music of The hours", "The Lives of Mrs. Dalloway"; theatrical trailer. 114 min. DVD 1717
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Actress (Nicole Kidman)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (Nicole Kidman)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress (Nicole Kidman)

LeBlanc, Michael. "Melancholic Arrangements: Music, Queer Melodrama, and the Seeds of Transformation in The Hours." Camera Obscura, Jan2006, Vol. 21 Issue 61, p104-145, 42p, UC users only

Blue Valentine (2010)
Directed by Derek Cianfrance. Cast: Michelle Williams, Ryan Gosling, Faith Wladyka, John Doman, Mike Vogel. An honest, moving and uninhibited love story. The uncompromising portrait of Dean and Cindy, a young married couple who have grown apart, taking one night away from their daughter to try to save their relationship.114 min. DVD X4123
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