8 Classic Films!
In The Red Shoes (1948), ballet impresario Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook) hires up-and-coming ballerina Victoria Page (Moira Shearer) and talented young composer Julian Craster (Marius Goring) to work with him on a new ballet, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story ‘The Red Shoes’.
The 39 Steps (1935) is Alfred Hitchcock’s most celebrated British thriller, adapted from John Buchan’s novel. Mr Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) becomes the victim of mistaken identity when a female corpse is dumped in his flat by a spy ring. His adventure eventually leads him to a music hall theatre where the secret of the 39 steps is finally revealed to him.
In Brief Encounter (1945) a married doctor
(Trevor Howard) comes to the aid of an equally upstanding housewife (Celia Johnson) when a passing train blows cinder into her eye. Thus begins a tentative romance, conducted in the tearooms and railway cafÃ© of a small English town.
Henry V (1944) Laurence Olivier’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, begins in a miniature Globe Theatre and slowly expands beyond the stage to become a film.
A Matter of Life and Death (1946) is a classic wartime propaganda film. David Niven plays an RAF pilot who is ready to be picked up by the angels after bailing out of his plane. But an administrative error in Heaven leads to a temporary reprieve.
In Genevieve (1953), barrister Alan McKim (John Gregson) and wife Wendy (Dinah Sheridan) compete against Alan’s friend (and Wendy’s former beau), Ambrose Claverhouse (Kenneth More), in the London to Brighton vintage car race.
The Wicked Lady (1945) is set during the reign of King Charles II. The aristocratic Lady Skelton (Margaret Lockwood) attempts to relieve the tedium of her day-to-day life by secretly acting as a highway robber. Lady Skelton finds herself caught up in a tangled web of romance, danger, and jealousy.
Finally, in Hamlet (1948), Laurence Olivier directs and stars in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. The film won five Oscars, including Best Actor for Olivier and Best Film.
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