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Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) Directed by Leo McCarey Tokyo Story (1953) Directed by Yosujro Ozu It was the Great Depression, and Leo McCarey was in mourning. He was still recovering from an illness when his father died. He then spent a year crafting Make Way for Tomorrow, a reminder to respect one's elders that didn't reach audiences at time of release. McCarey isn't subtle about his message; an early image of a sunny sky, the...
The Fallen Idol (1948) Directed by Carol Reed The Fallen Idol is the offspring of that exotic animal: a happy writer/director partnership. Graham Greene reworked his 1936 short story “The Basement Room” into a screenplay (with some additional dialogue by Lesley Storm and William Templeton); the following year, Greene & Reed would go on to make The Third Man. Cinematographer Georges Périnal is responsible for all those shots of a little blonde boy careening up,...
Anna Magnani was just a handful of films into her long, storied, abundantly successful career when she delivered what would ultimately prove to be one of her most magnificent and unforgettable performances in Roberto Rossellini's Rome, Open City—a performance which would also prove to be among the most indelible in all of Italian cinema. In this 1945 work, a true touchstone among neorealist titles, Magnani plays the role of Pina, a mother, daughter, wife-to-be...

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