Rhapsody in Blue, the 1945 biopic on the life of composer George Gershwin, is lightweight drama. But when it comes to Gershwin’s music, it's very serious indeed – a superb celebration of musical genius.
The Red Violin is an epic yarn, a bit of fiction inspired by real events and personalities, the 300-year story of a musical instrument described by one character as “The single most perfect acoustic machine I have ever seen.”
The Great Waltz is terrible history. But if you’re a lover of classical music – heck, even if you aren’t – it’s a pretty stupendous experience, a prime example of a vintage MGM musical with melodies that will be swirling around in your head for days after a viewing.
Guys who love The Outlaw Josey Wales really, really LOVE IT. There are fans who think Clint Eastwood’s oater is not only one of the best Westerns ever, but that it is one of the best films ever. Say what? More on that later.
Possibly the most European film ever made by an American studio, Letter from an Unknown Woman is a simple story that achieves astonishing complexity thanks to two terrific lead performances and the direction of Max Ophüls.