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  • Deanie (Natalie Wood in an Oscar®-nominated* performance that marked a career turning point toward complex adult roles) is a teenager eager to do what’s right in her 1920s Kansas town. But the emotions she shares with boyfriend Bud (Warren Beatty’s screen debut) are too strong. 

    Soon the conflict between respectable behaviour and human desire will push Bud to physical collapse. And Deanie to madness. Director Elia Kazan encouraged Pulitzer Prize winner William Inge (Bus Stop, Picnic) to turn a true story he heard during his Midwest youth into an Academy Award®-winning* script. The result, Splendour in the Grass, remains as poetic, penetrating and powerful today as it was two generations ago.

  • The Nun’s Story is an unforgettable revelation of the seldom-seen world behind convent walls. 

    A radiant Audrey Hepburn portrays a nun whose life journey takes her from the staff of a mental asylum to a much-desired position as a surgical nurse in the Belgian Congo. But when she returns to her native Belgium as WWII breaks out, she is torn between the needs of the Resistance and the church’s neutrality.  Directed by four-time Academy Award-winner, The Nun’s Story earned eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture, New York Film Critics Awards for Best Actress and Director and National Board of Review Awards for Best Picture, Director and Supporting Actress (Edith Evans).

  • Vibrant orange sunflowers. Rippling yellow grain. Trees bursting with white bloom. “The pictures come to me as in a dream,” Vincent Van Gogh said. A dream that too often turned to life-shattering nightmare. Winner of Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Best Actor Awards, Kirk Douglas gives a fierce portrayal as the artist torn between the joyous inspiration of genius and the dark desperation of his tormented mind. 

    The obsessed Van Gogh painted the way other men breathe, driving away family and friends, including artist Paul Gauguin (1956 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner Anthony Quinn). Directed by Vincente Minnelli and saturated with the hues of Van Gogh’s sea, field and sky, Lust for Life captures the ecstasy of art. And the agony of one man’s life.

  • Academy Award-nominee Doris Day ("Pillow Talk," "Please Don't Eat the Daisies") delivers what many consider to be her most powerful performance in this true story of torch singer Ruth Etting's struggle to escape the gangster who made her a star. Co-star Oscar-winner James Cagney ("Yankee Doodle Dandy," "White Heat") received an Oscar-nomination for his gritty portrayal of her abusive husband. Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Score, and winner for Best Screenplay.

  • Rome burns. Nero fiddles. Christianity rises. And moviegoers turned out in throngs for this years-in-the-making film colossus boasting eight Oscar® nominations (including Best Picture) and featuring 110 speaking parts, 30,000 participants and a filmed-on-location panoply of marching legions, magisterial pageantry and massive spectacle that includes the martyrdom of Christians thrown to the lions before cheering Coliseum throngs. 

    Robert Taylor plays the Legion commander whose love for a Christian slave girl (Deborah Kerr) crosses the divide between Empire and a sect with a higher loyalty. Presiding over all is Nero (Peter Ustinov). He is Caesar, madman, murderer – an imperial ruler of the spectacular, and spectacularly doomed, glory that was Rome.

  • You have a lot of time to think when you're locked away for seven years. So criminal mastermind Doc conceives what he believes is the prefect heist. As in The Maltese Falcon and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, director John Hudson explores the feverish grab for the big score and how it unravels in The Asphalt Jungle, a renowned tale of dishonour among theives whose cast includes Sam Jaffe as Doc and Sterling Hayden as Doc's unflappable gunsel. 

    Louis Calhern portrays Emmerich, the shady lawyer for whom "crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavour". And rising star Marilyn Monroe grabs everyone's attention as the dozie who briefly provides Emmerich with hte most gorgeous alibi ever to reach the screen. Welcome to the jungle, film-noir fans!

  • What Veda wants, her mother - Mildred Pierce - provides. Even if Mildred must end her middle-class marriage, climb atop the male-dominated business world and marry a wealthy man she doesn't love. "I'll do anything," Mildred says in explaining her love for her daughter. But does anything include murder? 

    From a novel by James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity), Mildred Pierce is a classy murder mystery, a stylish film nor told from a women's point of view. Joan Crawford's Mildred ended a two-year career slump, earned her a Best Actress Academy Award® and revitalized her career. Just when you think you got this nominee for five other Oscars including Best Picture figured out, along comes a shocking twist ending!